Gamblers Speak Anonymously

Gamblers Speak Anonymously

Joe Gibbons

Struck by an anonymous letter about VLT usage emailed in from a person writing under the name “John Doe,” The Telegram launched an investigation into his/her written observations of a lack of detailed reporting of VLT numbers by the Atlantic Lottery Corp. and, more importantly, claims the true impact of the machines was being hidden as a result.

The Telegram found evidence of single VLTs in the province taking in more than $600,000 in cash in less than a year and began to collect stories of continued abuse of VLTs, despite a provincial government push, beginning in 2005, to curb problem usage.

As the stories have been published, people have contact the paper to share their stories as “John Doe” did.

The Telegram encourages anyone who wants to share their story, offer a comment, or raise a concern over VLT use to email: afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com.

Readers, town councillor suggest a casino for VLTs

March 26, 2014 - 14 h 41

More stories are being told in response to the coverage.

“True fact: I can check five separate locations containing five games each for VLT availability in six minutes. Usually all are full,”...

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Readers, town councillor suggest a casino for VLTs

The choice to play

March 26, 2014 - 4 h 38

Walking into the front porch of the Misty Blue Lounge further down the way means being confronted with the sign of the hours of business: 12 to 12 every day. VLT use can legally start at 12:30 p.m.

About...

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NDP leader inquires about new VLT strategy

March 26, 2014 - 4 h 30

“Two years ago, government committed to working on a new five-year VLT strategy. Last year, the Finance minister stated they were looking at policies of other provinces with regard to VLTs,” said...

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Feeding the million-dollar babies

March 25, 2014 - 4 h 36

Not all VLTs in the province are taking in that kind of cash, but there is no publicly available documentation to show how much any one, or all machines collectively, are taking in.

The printouts...

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Feeding the million-dollar babies

VLT numbers down, but profits rebounding

August 21, 2010 - 9 h 24

The Williams administration has pulled the plug on roughly 25 per cent of the province’s video-lottery terminals (VLTs) over the past five years. But after a period of decline, VLT profits are returning...

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VLT numbers down, but profits rebounding

VLT class action suit dismissed

April 09, 2012 - 16 h 26

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador has dismissed a class action suit against the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

The suit alleged deception in the design of video lottery terminal...

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RCMP investigating VLT voucher fraud

May 31, 2013 - 13 h 56

The RCMP in Whitbourne is investigating a complaint of fraud involving a video lottery terminal ticket/voucher at Club 68 in Norman's Cove.

Police say a man and woman were at the club playing...

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RCMP investigating VLT voucher fraud