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October 22, 2012

Why I don’t like the Lottery

Filed under: Careers, Happiness, Lists, News and Politics, Time Management — Tags: , , , , , , , — chriscroft @ 6:29 pm

It’s a free country, but still, things like the Lottery are bad for the people and this is why:

  1. It builds false hopes which lead to frustration – “Why isn’t my life better?”
  2. It’s based on a lie – that you might win. You won’t! It relies on the fact that we exchange £1 for maybe getting £6 million, which sounds good, because we are human and can’t comprehend numbers over 100, it seems like 100:1. If we really could comprehend 6million (e.g. betting on a horse race with a slug in the outside lane) we wouldn’t bother.
  3. It replaces real plans and real actions – “I won’t bother to do anything except buy a lottery ticket, and hopefully my number will come up|” as opposed to “It’s my life, I’m responsible for it, and if I want to change it then I’ll have to face up to doing some real work”
  4. Once a week you’re told you’re a loser
  5. It’s a tax on the poor and the gullible – over time they gradually lose half the money they put into it, and it has been shown that it’s the less well off end of society that spends more on the lottery and scratch cards
  6. The government appears to be spending less on charity, sports and the arts because the lottery is paying for those things instead, so I don’t think it’s proved that the Lottery has increased the money available for these three good causes
  7. The addictive stress of having to bet each week in case your numbers come up on a week when you didn’t bet.
  8. Winning own’t even make you happy! – it’ll ruin your social life and within a year or two you’ll have blown all the money. Yes, that’s what happens.

Conclusion – get real, you aren’t going to win the lottery, and make a plan for whatever you want, and do the work yourself to get there.



  1. Comment by chriscroft — November 2, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  2. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same
    comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

    Thank you!

    Comment by Roscoe — May 7, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    • Hi Roscoe
      I have no idea! WordPress is doing what it does, as used by millions of people. I guess if you’re getting several replies you must have given them several email addresses? Are they all coming to the same email address? Do you get multiple emails from anyone else? The problem is likely to be at your end, anyway. But there must be an unsubscribe button on the emails you get? That’s all I can think of? Otherwise you could maybe try wordpress’s help line – there’ll be an email address for that somewhere.

      Comment by chriscroft — May 7, 2013 @ 7:57 am

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