Gamblers Anonymous has again something to watch out for as more and more problem gamblers will be seeking for their help. This is mainly because it is not only the online casino prime offerings that are linked to the rise of problem gambling. The world’s favorite Lotto is also found to be one of the culprits. This is according to the consultation document released by The Ministry of Health’s Preventing and Minimizing Gambling Harm. Although casino online and offline still top the list, lottery lands next. According to the report, there has been an increase in gambling problems since Lotto started to offer massive jackpots four years ago. Many people see Lotto as simple and affordable game of chance that comes with a very low risk of turning someone into gambling addict. Unfortunately, this is not how the organization sees it.
The report says that there have been 12 percent of clients that claim the Lotteries Commission as their main problem gambling outlet. Three years ago, it was only about 8.8 percent and rose to 11.5 percent in 2009 to 2010. The report pointed out that the increase is due to the frequently increasing large jackpot prizes and its enhanced appeal to people particularly in these times of poor economic growth. It further explained that the expansion of the Lotteries Commission offerings online has even boosted its popularity because of its convenience and accessibility in the same way that people experience with playing at prime online casino sites.
One of the biggest jackpot prizes was won in 2009 with as much as $27 million. Just about a year after, another jackpot prize was again given out with a huge $28.7 million win. A year ago, the second highest jackpot prize was revealed with a whopping $30 million. It was mainly due to the rising sales in tickets. However, there were two winners at that time. As a result, they divided the prize equally. Additionally, the report suggests that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals that claim Lotto as their main gambling outlet. From 6.5 percent in 2009 to 2009, it reached 7.3 percent from 2010 to 2011. The report does make sense though because Lotto is actually a lot cheaper than playing at casino online prime offerings. However, further studies and research should be done to support this claim.