As dozens of problem gamblers in Northland are being helped to quit the habit, counsellors are seeing an increase in online gambling that is leaving cash-strapped families further in debt.
The rise is worrying those who work with problem gamblers, with one reporting
a gambler spending $2000 a night online.
Nga Manga Puriri Northland Problem Gambling Services, already bursting at the seams with about 60 problems gamblers on its books, is dealing with an additional five to six online gamblers between young and middle-aged groups a month.
It comes after figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs show Northlanders spent $8.6 million on gaming machines in the third quarter of this year – nearly $137,000 more than the second q…
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