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Why people gamble

There are four main reasons why people gamble.

For social reasons - This may be because it’s what a group of friends do when they get together, or because it makes a social gathering more enjoyable.

For financial reasons - to win money, because someone enjoys thinking about what they would do if they won a jackpot, or because winning would change someone’s lifestyle

For enhancement reasons - because they like the feeling, to get that rush or “high”, or because it makes them feel good.

For coping reasons – for someone to forget their worries, because they feel more self-confident, or because it helps when they are feeling nervous or depressed.

While people can feel motivated by more than one of the reasons above, being aware of why can help to identify strategies if they decide they want to change.