Last year, an Invercargill man who had been problem gambling for 47 years told us there’s only ever one winner and that’s the TAB. One year later, he stands by that comment and joins us to tell us what he’s up to now!
Check out his previous story here
This is his story – one year on:
It’s been three years since I last placed a bet. And while I’ve dealt with some pretty stressful situations in the past three years’ I haven’t even had the desire to place a bet.
In fact, in times of stress I don’t even think about gambling, instead I think about my new business venture and how lucky I am to actually be able to afford it. I would never have had the money to start my new business if it’d still been gambling.
Life for me is going great! I’ve been better off in the last couple of years than I ever have been, and I don’t just mean in relation to finances, but my well being as well.
My family has always been a massive support for me, but when I was gambling I never seen that. All I saw was the horse at the end of the tunnel, and urging the horse to get over the line. I was so consumed with spending a $1 to make $1, or in my case often spending $1000 to make $1000. I had no consequences of what I was doing to myself or my family.
But now I am completely aware of the damage I was causing, and I am working hard to rebuild the trust and bridges that I have burnt.
I’m really tight with my money now. Before, I would have no hesitation in spending $2 for a bet, but now I use it for parking metres or coffee. I can enjoy my money now. It’s a win-win all the way. It’s so pleasing to sit here now and tell you I am starting up a new business, not betting on horses, and that I’m enjoying my life.
Nga Kete continues to help me immensely and I am still attending my one-on-one counselling appointments, and the Problem Gambling and Te Rongo Pai support groups. I find it really good and helpful. I’m so proud of the fact I can talk to new people who come in and tell them about what I’ve gone through so hopefully it can help them.
Gambling just isn’t worth it. I stand by what I said a year ago: There is only ever one winner and that’s the TAB – it took me 47 years to figure it out but I’m now the happiest I’ve ever been.