A personal view of the British Lottery system
I'm a big fan of the National Lottery.
Where else could such a simple act as shelling out a pound bring such substantial life altering consequences?
And I do not fall under the category of 'it won't change my life'. The hell it will. Big time.
Not that I have such a bad life, it is just that I do have an imagination and too much of my precious time is spent doing what I must, not what I would like. So winning would be a truly selfish act. Yes. Bring it on.
I will not try to convince you that I play the game for good causes. I have a strong belief that we should not need charity because need should be properly addressed through taxation. I have no issue with the government taking a percentage of the lottery cost for extra special causes as long as it stays that way. The causes should remain special, not need based. The organisers already make a tidy profit and the winnings seem to be sufficiently generous to tempt me.
The only downside I see is lack of integrity.
Virtually every week one, two or more people are made very wealthy. Camelot boast of the hundreds of millionaires made. But there is very little evidence.
Bentley Motors shares are not going through the roof and I, nor anyone I know, is personally aware of any big time winners, except the tiny minority of reprobates featured in the red top rags.
And don't tell me that mostly they want to keep their identities quiet or that they are all wrinklies who stuff it all under a mattress. If I won a jackpot everyone would know. The smile alone would give it away.
So, what stops the organiser saying there are four jackpot winners when there is only one? I am sure that the system is correctly monitored but the ease in which this could occur stirs the conspiracy side of my mind.
Camelot you need to demonstrate your propriety better.
Finally, a lottery tip.
Buy two sets of numbers.
The second set (providing they are a different set, numbski) will double your chances of winning. You could not improve on that.
Shelling out another quid will only increase your new chances by a third, a fourth will only increase your chance by another quarter, etc.
And don't play on Wednesday, you'll just bugger up my chances of a rollover from Saturday if you win.
P.S. Calling it Lotto doesn't fool anyone. It makes it sound cheap. Which, I guess is the idea. Trouble is, it is still a pound. And I, for one, do not want a 'cheap' win.
What I couldn't do with twenty million? Well, a better website for a start.
Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.028 30 Nov 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003 and reproduced here in full, unedited
This article was written when Camelot owned the rights to the British lottery. It has since been sold to some teachers in Canada [seriously, look it up] and because teachers are not well paid it now costs two quid a go. So now I cannot afford it.
The image depicts the author stood next to a Bentley Arnage in 2000 and was added in Version 5.028 30 Nov 2017