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Marie's story

I started gambling small until I won $3k on a $2 bet. The windfall stopped me gambling and made me start saving. Over 3 years I reached nearly $14k then lost it all in 10 months.

A loved one passed away suddenly then COVID-19 hit and we were all in lockdown. I didn’t even realise I had a problem - I was winning chunks of money but losing chunks also. I hadn’t noticed I was taking one step forward and two back until my savings were completely depleted. And then it hit me - I had lost everything.

I unintentionally got into debt too due to an online payment provider allowing me to spend money that wasn’t in my current account - so on credit. I didn’t realise I didn’t have enough to cover this. When the provider hit me with the bill 2 weeks later, I immediately put it onto a credit card. This was rock bottom for me, and I began chasing the win to clear the debt and just get back to zero again.

Thankfully I have never been tempted to spend bill money or steal/do anything wrong to fund my gambling, but I’ve never ever been in debt before and this has really affected me mentally. I have no desire to gamble now though so that’s a good thing, I guess. I just worry what damage I may have caused to my credit already.