Hampshire gamblers are losing more than £500m a year on high stakes machines in betting shops, the Daily Echo can reveal.
People in Southampton spent nearly £200m on what has been described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” – the equivalent to the city’s entire health budget.
The huge losses were revealed in the week the city’s own giant Las Vegas-style casino moved a step closer.
Now one MP has called for urgent Government action against the machines which he says are “ripping out the heart of many low income families”.
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