What really happens every time someone loses $100 to a poker machine
Australians lost $11 billion to poker machines in 2013-2014, excluding casinos. At $468 per person that’s higher than any other country on the world.
So where does the money go?
Over $2.6 billion is lost on pokies in Victoria every year.
For every $100 . . .
It’s not surprising that the operators of poker machines, who include Woolworths and Coles, will stop at nothing to defend these mega-profits. While this is loose change to these industries, the political donations made to the ALP and Coalition make a big difference to campaign funds.
Surveys indicate that 70% of Australians support tighter regulation of poker machines.
It’s time our politicians listened to us rather than the industry lobbyists making big threats and big cash donations.