Lotto's Instant Play a 'more harmful form of gambling' - Problem Gambling Foundation

A new way of winning thousands  of dollars online is of "real concern", according to the Problem Gambling Foundation.

Lotto New Zealand sent emails to some online customers for a chance to be "among the first to play our new Instant Play games on MyLotto".

The games range in price from $0.50 to $5 and are available through the Lotto NZ App and online. 

Users are able to try before playing and can win up to $100,000.

However a spokesperson for Problem Gambling Foundation says it's a "much more harmful form of gambling" that also appears to be targeting a younger demographic.

"The fact that they are 'instant' is certainly cause for concern as this type of continuous form of gambling is much more harmful than non-continuous forms of gambling," the spokesperson told 1 NEWS. 

"As a general rule the shorter the gap between placing a bet and getting a result, the more problematic that form of gambling can become. That's why pokies are so addictive - you push a button and within seconds you get a result," she said. 

"When you buy a Lotto ticket, you wait for a result - it's not instant so less harmful. This is a harmful form of gambling that is available online 24/7, that you can carry around in your pocket or have in your living room." 

The games also have music and sound effects similar to a pokie machine experience, including the "near win" effect which encourages people to play more, the foundation spokesperson said.

"Lotto is targeting a completely different demographic as these games will appeal to young people and are being marketed as games - in fact, it's gambling and it could potentially be problematic for some people. It is vital that Lotto is vigilant in its host responsibility."

Lotto NZ states on its website that the games are the "online version of Instant Kiwi games" and players must confirm they are 18-years-old.

1 NEWS approached Lotto New Zealand for comment, but a spokesperson couldn't be reached.

Lotto kiosk Source: Breakfast



Endangered native seabird rescued after bypassing security at TVNZ in Auckland

An endangered New Zealand seabird bypassed security at TVNZ in Auckland today, needing to be rescued from a stairwell inside the building.

The tuckered out Hutton's shearwater was rescued by TVNZ staff member and self-confessed animal lover Jade Schutte this morning. 

"I found the bird hiding in a little hole, brought it inside and put it in a box and gave it water.

"It was super tired and snuggled up to sleep instantly," Ms Schutte said.

She called the local SPCA, who prioritised the pick-up of the endangered native.

Fenton Rigby from the Auckland SPCA told 1 NEWS it was rare to see the seabird so far away from its natural habitat out on the water.

"It may have been exhausted or hit by a car, it's hard to tell," Mr Rigby said.

After examining the bird Mr Rigby said the wings were still symmetrical and it seemed to be in relatively good health. A vet will inspect it further at the SPCA.

Juvenile seagull rescued from TVNZ in Auckland.
Juvenile seagull rescued from TVNZ in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

The Hutton's shearwater are endemic to Kaikoura and only breed in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges at high elevation but they're not to fly further afield.

A busy day for birds at TVNZ Auckland also saw a juvenile seagull needing to be rescued by the Auckland SPCA.

The Hutton's Shearwater appeared to be exhausted, appearing far from its natural habitat out at sea. Source: 1 NEWS

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Hottest day on record reached in Dunedin as mercury hits 35C

Dunedin has hit its hottest day on record with 35.0°C registered at the city's airport today.

This new highest temperature was reached at 3.12pm this afternoon.

MetService New Zealand's weather station at Dunedin Airport has been recording there since 1972.

The previous record of 34.9°C was in February 1995.

A photo taken in Dunedin, New Zealand, with an old church.
Dunedin (file picture). Source: istock.com