New rules have been introduced to make gambling on online slot machines safer. The BBC's Melanie Abbott tells the story of one woman who found out how dangerous they can be.
Five years ago, Michelle Singlehurst decided not to tell her partner their house sale had gone through - she had her own ideas about how to spend the money.
It was the culmination of months of lies to cover up what had become a devastating gambling addiction.
It had started innocuously with playing the lottery online, because it was easier than filling out a slip, then a few flutters on scratch cards. Michelle, aged 53, had always found games calming - she had consoles including a Nintendo Wii and a GameCube when she was younger. "If I felt a little bit overwhelmed when I was trying to do a piece of work, I would go off and play Super Mario or my GameCube," she says. "I think it was a way of escaping from reality."
When she discovered betting games online she was easily hooked.
At the time she was under a lot of stress, as she says her mother was being neglected in her care home.
"She nearly died from dehydration," says Michelle. "I stepped in and got her to hospital. Luckily she got better, but it was touch-and-go."
Like the computer games had been, gambling became an escape. She was particularly attracted to bingo games, which offered bonuses. slot