There are a vast number of activities that we can participate in that cost little money. It won’t break the bank to go hiking or biking. Most of us enjoy a hobby that takes us outside when time and weather allow.
But there are people that have become a victim of the addiction of VLTs (video lottery terminals). They will sit for hours feeding money into these machines, and for a long time may not realize that their ‘hobby’ has become a real problem.
It is good for everyone to have a hobby, people that are content in life do. Recreational activity should not hurt the financial and emotional well being of a family. Gambling at the VLTs or playing poker might have started as an innocent pasttime for some, but it has a way of controling your life once a person becomes addicted.
Many people who began gambling as a hobby have felt the final stings. Eventually their family has to say ‘enough.’ There are some people that have lost everything they own, homes, vehicles, everything they earned from hard work. They have maxed out credit cards and are financially tied.
VLTs and gambling are like a drug for some people. Their brain gets stimulated making them excited and full of anticipation in hopes that they will win money. Everybody plaese remember that VLTs were not invented to lose money. they will only kick back a few dollars to keep the gambler playing and feeding.
Everybody knows that our economy is in poor shape. With so many hobbies to pick from and things to do outdoors, I can’t see why people would want to lose money they could just keep for themselves. Don’t let a simple hobby like playing a VLT machine or sitting in on a poker game ruin your life.