Data shows our pokie spending

GAMBLERS are spending on average more than $68,000 at the region’s pokies machines every day.

Victorian gambling regulator data showed gamblers were spending as much as $2.2 million on 285 machines in Mildura’s seven gaming machine venues and the Ouyen Club, which is having devastating effects on addicts and their families.

The most recent data from the Victorian Gambling and Liquor Authority showed the yearly gaming spend had increased since 2012 and up to March this year gamblers were on track to spend about $24.9 million at the pokies.

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