Gambling addict who lost £150K DEMANDS £2 maximum stake on ‘CRACK’ betting machines James Lowe ruined his life on the “crack” betting terminals, losing his home and girlfriend. A gambler since he was just 13, he once lost £5,000 in an hour. The 42-year-old said fixed odd betting machines alone cost him £80,000 over the last decade. Now he is calling for the cap on stakes to be cut from £100 to £2. James said: “People will still lose hundreds, maybe thousands, of pounds – but they will take a lot longer to do it.”. “It affects your brain chemistry” James Lowe The Gloucester dad-of-one compared the urge to gamble to a disease. He said: “It affects your brain chemistry. When I’ve got money coming in I get the shakes and light-headed.” The desperate dad would sell everything he had in pawn shops to fund his habit – before buying his possessions back after wins. James was forced to ban himself from gambling after becoming homeless multiple times. He said: “It was very cold – it was one of my lowest points.” James’ addiction also cost him his relationship with the mother of his 12-year-old son.