More than $106 million has been lost on pokies in Wyndham in a 12-month period.
Latest data from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation show that between July last year and June this year $106,057,102 was lost in Wyndham, compared to $105,458,372 within the previous 12 months.
Wydham recorded the eighth highest loss from poker machines in the state for the 2018-19 financial year. Brimbank had the highest losses in the state, at more than $142 million.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform last month said that Victorians lost a total of $2.698 billion on poker machines in the 2018-19 financial year.
Alliance spokesman Reverend Tim Costello said poker machines lead to the loss of far more than money.
“In extreme cases, poker machines cause the loss of lives via suicide,” Rev Costello said.
“Then there is the loss of homes, families, relationships, jobs, cars and much more due to gambling harm.
“Pokies dens are designed to fleece people regardless of socio-economic background or geography, and especially target people who may be feeling isolated or lonely – that’s predatory behaviour.”
Wyndham council is a part of the Alliance for Gambling Reform.
In November last year, the council expressed disappointment in a state government decision to allow the number of electronic gaming machines in Wyndham to increase from 903 to 983, from 2022 onwards.
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