Brits lose £1 billion a year on gambling machines

Sarah Coles
gambling machines
gambling machines

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Up to half a million Brits have a gambling problem, and the government's relaxation of the rules has made things much worse. One consequence of the Gambling Act was the proliferation of a new type of betting terminal that is swallowing £46 billion in stakes every year - and costing Brits £1 billion.

So just how serious is the risk?