I began gambling a couple of years ago and to be honest I had little money to do it. A couple of years ago I spent an £800 overdraft in literally about an hour trying to chase my losses. Afterwards I felt awful, and eventually told my parents that I was struggling and they were really helpful. I managed to stop gambling for over a year and I recently started to gamble a little bit purely for entertainment, £5 bets on football here and there. A couple of nights ago I signed up to a casino and won £100 which I withdrew. Tonight all I could think about was winning more so I had another go, and just like before I started chasing my losses and ended up gambling over a thousand pounds, luckily it wasn’t an overdraft but it was still money I had saved. I feel awful about it but I understand that I won’t get that money back so I may as well just forget about it, but at the time it’s difficult. After today’s blip I’m ready to stop for good, even the little football bets. I’ve signed up to Gamstop so hopefully this is it for me! I get paid on Friday so I’m seeing it as a new start, and plan on whenever I want to gamble stick money in my premium bonds and act as though it’s gone forever but luckily for me it will be going into my pocket at the end of the day and not the bookmakers!
Thank you for sharing your story with us. It sounds like you are taking important steps in the right direction by registering with GamStop.
If you haven’t already done so, can I recommend you give one of our Advisers a call on either our Help Line on 0808 8020 133 or our NetLine, they will be able to talk you through all the support that is available to help you on your road to recovery.