My name is Alex. When I was 18 I started playing the pokies after winning $1500 and only a week after getting another $450.
I was only an apprentice on $350 a week and was under the belief I could just keep winning.
I would lose pay checks and feel sick after and have no money to buy food.
I felt ashamed of myself. Years have gone past but the addiction still lurks. I've had over six months not playing but once I put that dollar in a pokie machine it all starts.
I have probably spent $50k+ gambling and could’ve had something nice for myself.