A drop in the amount of money being spent on gaming machines is having an impact on charities.
Expenditure dropped by $15 million in the year to September.
Charities Gaming Association chief executive Francis Wevers attributes the decrease to a slowing economy and unusually large Lotto prizes.
He says the drop means the association can no longer fund a number of community projects and activities.
Mr Wevers says kindergartens, social and sports groups, who relied on the grants of up to $2000, are hurting the most.