Is it morally wrong to have a popular New Zealand band on a scratchie?
Six60 made a deal with Instant Kiwi to have their own $ 3 scratchie.
Critics say the scratchie encourages problem gambling, especially for a younger audience, but the band says they did it so the winnings would go to multiple charities.
Problem Gambling Foundation spokesman Andree Fraude told Mike Hosking that while pokie machines are the most harmful form of gambling, scratchie cards are age-restricted because they are more harmful than other forms – as it is a continuous form of gambling acts that gives an instant result.
Fraude agrees that they do this for charitable reasons.
“It is disappointing to see that they have chosen a gamblin product to raise funds for these purposes when it comes to such a significant social issue in New Zealand.”
She says their faces on the tickets could normalize gambling for people, and they could have chosen a different way to donate money to charity.
According to Fraude, people cannot be held responsible for gambling as it is an addiction for many people.
“It’s not about pointing the finger at people, it’s about considering the product.”