It starts with one small bet

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Margaret Alice Baldwin's gambling addiction started in 1994 when she innocently placed a loonie into a vlt (video lottery terminal machine). Between 1994 and 2007, Margaret, who is now 62, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the vlt machines. She was a former military nurse who is currently serving a five year sentence for robbing a bank.

"'I don't know why you are so excited, you lost over $3,000 before you won that $300,'" a bartender had told her.