Scratchcards Proving Troublesome
There are no shortage of Scratchcards available to buy, and this is often one form of gambling which those in recovery from a gambling addiction will have the most access too, it is easy to self exclude oneself from gambling venues such as Bingo Clubs and Casinos, however Scratchcards are available virtually everywhere.
In the UK the National Lottery have not only recently announced that they will be doubling the cost of a lottery tickets from £1 to £2 but in an attempt to increase the company behind the lottery’s profits and apparently to try and keep the amount of cash they raise for good causes high, they have released a £10 Scratchcard
This worrying trend of increasing the price of these Scratchcards whilst at the same time increasing the jackpot payout which can be won on them is going to compound the problems of anyone who is addicted to this form of gambling, and could, quite easily, lead to more and more underage gamblers being able to purchase these Scratchcards due to the number of premises selling them being large.
There also seems to be a lethargic type of response from the Gambling Commission in regards to concerns raised about these increases in the cost of both the lottery tickets and Scratchcards, we are, after all going through a period of austerity and raising the cost of both lottery tickets and Scratchcards is only going to compound the number of people with problems.
The only way the operators of the National Lottery and Scratchcards are going to listen is when people vote with their feet so to speak and stop buying cards and lottery tickets, and with the odds of actually winning any type of prize from either being huge, it really should be an easy decision for people to make, £10 for one Scratchcard is a lot of money irrespective of the jackpot on offer which could feed a small family for a couple of days!