Monday, May 5, 2008

Gaming machines to fleece the desperate

The times are tough, but not so tough that people have stopped feeding money into gaming machines.

Figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show that people aged over 18 in Palmerston North, New Zealand, have already spent an average of $306.79 per person on gaming machines (known locally as "pokies") in the current financial year that ends on June 30.

Meanwhile, David Coom, manager of the central region of the Problem Gambling Foundation, says he expects the looming economic crunch to increase gambling among problem gamblers, as they become even more determined to hit the jackpot.

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