|The number of South Africans seeking help from Gamblers Anonymous is soaring with advent of Internet gambling and lottery games, and casinos springing up around the country.|
A spokesperson for the Durban branch of Gamblers Anonymous said that easier access to gambling is proving to be too much of a temptation to people, especially for those in low-income groups.
'We have had a huge increase in calls from the public since the news that the National Lottery would commence on a daily basis,' the spokesperson said.
'I would not say that the lottery is our biggest problem.”
Officially, the extent of the gambling crisis nationwide is largely unknown despite a survey commissioned by the National Gambling Board in 2000.
'We often hear about the people who have won a million,” said the GA spokesperson, “or stories of how an individual was down to his last rand before having a big win. But there are far more people who lose everything.'