Opinion: Why online gambling leaves us all worse off

Posted on November 19, 2014 by admin
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Millions have benefited from lottery funds but newer types of gambling are creating a generation of addicts

Twenty years ago when the national lottery was first set up I had a Hogarthian vision of the poor holding sodden lottery tickets in the shadow of the Royal Opera House, throwing away everything on a few random numbers while the rich revelled in yet more revivals of The Ring. I thought this was a pernicious, surreptitious new tax on the poor and would lead them to gamble their lives away, encouraged by a grinning Noel Edmonds and Anthea Turner. How wrong I was.

Read the full opinion article in The Times Online.