PUNTERS in Mansfield have gambled away $1.619 million on local pokie machines during the 2016/17 financial year.
People lost nearly $200,000 more across some 40 machines even though losses across the state decreased.
Other pokie machine players’ losses in the area were: Wodonga $7,517,545, Benalla $5,078,029 and Alpine $2,316,520.
Wangaratta reaffirmed its position as the biggest loser on pokie machines in the North East, punting $8.712 million – half a million up on last year.
According to the annual statistics released last week by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), total expenditure statewide was $2,609,530,060 in 2016/17 – a decrease of 0.25 per cent on 2015/16.
While the losses have risen, Mansfield has made a concerted effort to minimise the negative economic impact of pokie machines within the shire.