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Lost more than you planned? Contact us.
Every year Gambler's Help assists thousands of Victorians with free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We help people with gambling problems as well as those close to them who are affected by their gambling. There are many ways to get help – choose the support that suits you. On the phone support. Online chat. In person counselling. You name the method, we’re here to help.
Families and friends
If someone close to you is experiencing harm from gambling, we can help you.Find out more
Going through a tough time? Youthline is confidential and open 24/7 – call 1800 262 376.Find out more
Harm from gambling is common in both the wider community and the Aboriginal community.Find out more
Trent Cotchin, Captain of Richmond Football Club
"When I was younger, I loved to go to the Spring Carnival and put a few dollars on the horses with the boys. But I learned quickly that you lose a lot more than you win!"
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Around my 19th birthday, I was starting to place bets in the $1000s, and then one day I deposited $2500. Over a month, I got that amount up to $13,000. One night I lost it all. That’s where I realised I was now an addict.
By the time I was 17, I blew a month’s part-time wage on one-arm bandits in a few hours. It was like I was zoned out playing these machines, thinking of nothing else.
The worst thing that happened to me was I won a jackpot of $600. From there on I was addicted to video lottery and casino, losing likely triple what I had made.
* Based on 2017–18 data from the Gambler's Help client outcomes survey where 93% of responses indicated gambling affected their ability to be productive at work none of the time at a six month follow up survey.