Man blew £250,000 on slot machines branded the “crack cocaine of gambling”

Posted on December 2, 2013 by admin
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Skint James Petherick has told how he blew £250,000 in 10 years on slot machines ­branded the “crack ­cocaine of ­gambling”.

Welder James, 37, spoke about the devastating impact of fixed odds ­betting ­terminals on which ­you can gamble up to £100 in 20 seconds.

He was driven to the brink of ­suicide by a crippling ­addiction to the casino-style machines that are found in bookies and are now the target of a Sunday People campaign. He said: “I’d stop on the way home, go into a bookies and pour all my wages into these machines.

Read the full article in The Mirror online.