More than $10 million lost on shire’s pokies

While Victorians lost a record $2.7 billion at the pokies last year, Maryborough is one of the few towns which managed to reduce its overall losses in 2018.

The state wide loss is a $103 million increase on the $2.6 billion lost in 2017 and is the highest loss on record since 2009, according to the Alliance for Gambling Reform.

The new data, released last month, comes from the Victorian Commission for Liquor and Gambling Regulation (VCGLR) and found Maryborough’s total losses decreased by almost $15,000 from 2017 to 2018.

However, overall figures for the Central Goldfields Shire, which incorporates Mount Alexander Shire, had a 1.4 percent increase in losses for 2018, recording a total of around $10.5 million in losses last year.

The figures come from Maryborough’s Highland Society and golf club along with Castlemaine’s Cumberland Hotel, which have a combined 129 electronic gaming machines.

The Maryborough Golf Club reduced its losses from $2,342,526 in 2017 to $2,167,455 in 2018, just over a $175,000 difference.

However, the Highland Society’s losses increased from $5,187,727 in 2017 to $5,347,980 in 2018 while the Cumberland Hotel’s total losses increased by nearly $160,000.

The month with the biggest loss for Central Goldfields was June with $966,889, while the lowest was recorded in February with just under $760,000.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 8

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