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Scratchcard addiction worries shopkeepers

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GAMBLING addicts are spending hundreds of pounds on scratchcards, a worried shopkeeper has said following bumper States profits from their sales.

GAMBLING addicts are spending hundreds of pounds on scratchcards, a worried shopkeeper has said following bumper States profits from their sales.

Bridge Candy Shop co-owner Daphne Brouard voiced her concerns after the 2012 States Accounts showed £400,000 of scratchcard profits went to fund Beau Sejour last year – an increase of £250,000 from 2011.

The Culture and Leisure Department did not wish to comment at this stage, but Health and Social Services acknowledged that scratchcards were 'particularly addictive'.

Mrs Brouard said sales of lottery tickets in the shop she owns with husband Steve had quadrupled following the introduction of scratchcards.

'All sorts of people buy them, from the ages of 18 to the elderly. Most people buy them responsibly and treat it as a bit of fun, but there are the few who are addicted,' she said. 'Some people are obviously spending a fair amount of money on them on a daily basis, which is a bit worrying.'

She said the worst case the store had was a woman who spent £200 on scratchcards in one evening. 'We couldn't talk her out of it, she appeared to be desperate,' she said. 'We were shocked.'

  • The web address for Gamblers Anonymous is: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

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