It is an unfortunate fact of life, but many social clubs, Lions and Legions depend on the revenue from VLT’s to maintain their operations. In Saint Eleanors PEI the local Lions Club is faced with closure because it is losing five VLT machines. Many people have voiced outrage at the Atlantic Lotto Corp blaming them for this failure. However, if a gambling machine is all that is keeping a club afloat then the continued existence of that organization comes into question. The money dropped into these hungry machines must surely cause hardships within many Island families. The hope that drives so many to find that single winning jackpot staggers the imagination. Gambling has been with us for thousands of years, and it has ruined many more lives than it ever helped. If a club or organization depends on the income from a VLT-ATM for survival then one must ask what the purpose of that club is? Have they lost the support of their community and replaced it with the hapless misfortune of those poor individuals chasing a forlorn hope of suddenly becoming rich. A hope that for the masses will never happen. VLT’ owners and Governments make huge profits off the backs of the poor, it is like a volunteer tax. They will tell you they provide entertainment and a degree of excitement for the population. What I see is a desperate person trying with a last coin to win back the total lose of his/her wages.
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