What are the Issues?
- The Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) wants to introduce a high stakes online casino in Nova Scotia
- In other Atlantic provinces anyone can lose up to $10,000 a week playing slots at $100 a “spin” and blackjack at $500 a hand. Let’s not let this happen in Nova Scotia!
- The government says they are creating online casinos to discourage people from using “offshore” casinos that they see as unsafe.
If they know online casinos are dangerous, why are they starting one? It is likely that people who would not otherwise gamble online at higher stakes might be encouraged to try this casino since there is the illusion that it is “safe” because it is government sanctioned.
Why should I care?
- Gambling can harm the whole community, not just people who gamble.
- When local money is spent on gambling it no longer supports local small business or community groups. For example, four million dollars a year leaves King’s County alone.
- Gambling uses undisclosed psychological manipulation and deception.
- Small wins encourage more bets, leading to long term losses.
- Unrealistic percentages of “near misses” on VLT spins encourage more bets.
- The gambling industry creates algorithms to make sure they win. Everything is programmed by them.
- Gambling can increase crime rates, domestic violence, poverty, depression and suicide.
- Increased ease of access via the Internet creates more harms.