South Africans Lured into Web Gambling, Lottery
By Linda
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.'

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