Daily Mail newspaper story
My secret Life: My name is Jenny. I look a respectable teacher but the truth is I’ve lost £60,000 in online gambling…
To outsiders Jenny Morgan, 47 is a respectable, sensible and intelligent primary school teacher, and divorced mum of two. She is successful in her job, has a partner, David, a property developer, who adores her and two children aged 16 and 20. Her elderly parents are proud of their daughter.
Yet all it not as it seems. Jenny is a compulsive gambler. Over the last seven years the former tennis coach estimates she has gambled away £60,000 betting on tennis tournaments, online bingo and slot machines on the internet.
The addict in her believes she can beat the system and turn £50 into £600. But the truth is she needs to win £3500 just to stave off the payday loans she is in debt to – loans she has taken out to feed her addiction. Although the sensible part of her knows she won’t win the £185,000 jackpot, there is a little voice inside her head that tells her she might do.
Jenny’s gambling recently came to a head when after gambling her wages in 24 hours, she confessed to David. He was devastated.
That was two months ago and she has since begun going to Gamblers Anonymous.
Together, with their help and the support of David, she has managed to stop gambling.
Jenny bravely recounts her story in the Daily Mail’s Life & Style features section. She hopes telling her story publicly will underline her resolve never to return to gambling. And she also hopes it will help others going through the same experience. Research shows gambling addiction is soaring especially online and amongst women.
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