Bright Lights: what one woman's 25-year gambling addiction really cost

‘Sharon’ has been addicted to poker machines ‘pokies’ since they first arrived in Australia in 1992.
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Through this animated documentary, she reveals the devastating impact gambling has had on her life. Her story culminates with an incident that pushes her over the edge: an encounter with her seven-year-old daughter and her precious piggy bank.

Warning – viewers may find the content of this film distressing. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org

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45 thoughts on “Bright Lights: what one woman's 25-year gambling addiction really cost”

  1. It’s ok to steal your child’s savings from the piggy bank because… you will pay it back just as soon as you hit the jackpot… right?… 🎰😐

  2. I hate gambling. I saw it destroy someone I was close to. He’d run in the gas station for gas and he’d come back out to the car furious because he just lost 2-5k in one of these. I watched him make almost a million in two years (selling drugs) and loose all of it in a few months. He was a bad person but I didn’t realize how real gambling addiction was until I saw him go through this.

  3. Gambling was never my thing, drugs were. But gambling is even more pernicious I believe.
    Give me £1000 for drugs and I could make that last a couple of days.
    Give it to a FOBT and it'll last an hour.

  4. Watching this after having FanDuel for just a week 😂 it’s scarrrry how easy you can get hooked. First day I downloaded the app it let me know I was on there for 4 hours straight. Never went back

  5. I worked in pubs in Sydney and watched people week after week come in and feed their whole wage or pension into those machines… sometimes in just a few hours… and they'd all rise with the same glazed look of horror as they stumbled back out onto the street. Tradies, single Mums, middle-class shiny shoe types, poor people, old diggers… all the same in the Pokie room… It's pure evil.

  6. As a mother, the scene where she took her daughters piggy bank money made me tear up. I can’t imagine going through an addiction like this.

  7. I'll tell you what mine cost me. I live in a sober house. I felt like using today. So instead I took the $550 I had in my wallet and spent all of it on scratch offs. Lost of course. Cried like a baby. But I learned 2 lesson. Gambling kept me sober bc now I definitely don't have any money for drugs. Also that gambling can become an addition as well. I can't win for losing.

  8. I feel so, i ve struggling to quit, it's difficult because sometimes is a way of escaping reality, and then u come accross with what you have done and it hits u hard, all the things u could have done.

  9. The most worst thing to have as a habit just as worst as drugs and alcohol my sisters life is wrecked bye it and she can't stop spending her life away shocking

  10. If you need help with a gambling addiction, you can always get help. If you can't lose money, you can't gamble.
    I go by the philosophy that gambling is just entertainment for people who can afford the loss. I think it's the biggest cause gambling is not realizing how much you will lose in long term. If you want to gamble, make sure to know the house edges and expected losses for the bet sizes that you want to do. If the expected loss is worth the entertainment, you can do it.

    If you do not find gambling fun, there is no point in doing it. It's basically spending money for no reason.

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