27 Sep 2002

Papua New Guineans spend millions on gambling

3:59 pm on 27 September 2002

People in Papua New Guinea are continuing to pour millions of dollars into gambling despite the economic slump.

The latest figures from the National Gaming Control Board show that PNG spends at least 12-POINT-6 million US dollars a month on poker machines.

The figure does not take into account other popular forms of gambling such as horse racing.

The Inland Revenue Commission has been revealed as the big winner, as they get 60 percent of the gross revenue collected by the poker machine operators.

One operator reported in April, that gamblers had spent more than 8 million dollars at his machines which are located at 40 sites around the country.