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Scots man lost £60k to gambling addiction that started with 50p bets

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An Edinburgh man who lost £60,000 of redundancy pay to his betting addiction has launched a support service to help others who are suffering.

Chris Lee, from Canonmills, has opened up about his troubled past in the hope of inspiring others who may be struggling with a gambling problem.




According to Edinburgh Live, the 54-year-old began betting in 1981 after a 50p flutter returned winnings of just over £4, with his addiction snowballing from there.

A former British Gas worker, Chris would place wagers on any and all sporting events, including football, boxing and horse racing.

But he says the real problem arose when mobile/online gambling became available on smartphones.

He says the real problem arose when mobile/online gambling was available on smartphones.

The gambling control advocate said that it meant he was able to walk around with a bookie in his pocket that was accessible at the click of a button.

The ease with which he could bet became problematic as he would have had to walk to his local bookies in Muirhouse to put the bet on physically in the past.

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