Saturday, 24 October 2009

The National Lottery

Why do people play this? Earlier on I went to the local shop to grab some milk and there was someone in front of me spending no less than £10 on scratchcards. They then proceeded to move to the side to let people pay, and scratch them all. All of them ended up in the bin. Well, fuck me, that was £10 well spent, wasn't it? Clearly they were thick as shit as anyone who is even half-educated these days surely realises that the National Lottery is an exceptional waste of money and is essentially a fucking fruit machine with slightly a more acceptable face, and worse odds.

But still people queue up in fucking Londis shops up and down the country, clutching their numbers form, firmly holding the belief it "could be them", and still the Lottery keeps going. The probability is that you won't win.

If you're so stupid you think that scratchcards is a good way to spend £10 on a Saturday night you're probably the kind of person who can't afford to throw away £10. Why not give it to me? There's a chance I'll give it straight back to you. Only a slim one though.


Anonymous said...

It's like a pick and mix in the Co-op in Long Ashton. I normally fucking queue for 10 minutes while some mouth breather tries to decide which scratch cards they want.

[Or hands over 5 crumpled lotto sheets they've been bringing back week in week out, and won't go through the lotto machine]

Martin said...

Nothing wrong with making a quick buck out of the gullible and feckless. You remember this right?

Richard said...

One of the saddest things I ever saw was in the shop in Leeds railway station a few years back. A man who had all the hallmarks of being homeless (greasy clothes, shoes that flapped), spent £30 on the lottery while I watched. Probably all the money he had. You knew he wouldn't win a penny. Raising people's hopes and then dashing them is cruel.

Mind you, I still punt my quid a week. After all, it could be me, and then fuck the lot of you.

Bristol Dave said...

Martin: No I hadn't, that's hilarious.

The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE, said: "On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn't.

"I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher - not lower - than -8 but I'm not having it.

"I think Camelot are giving people the wrong impression - the card doesn't say to look for a colder or warmer temperature, it says to look for a higher or lower number. Six is a lower number than 8. Imagine how many people have been misled."


Fidothedog said...

I stick a quid on now an then, when the six numbers come in I am out of the UK for good.

Old Holborn said...

The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE


banned said...

I don't even do the office sweepstake lottery even though there is a 100% return to the punters.
Have we all stood next to the poverty victim in Londis/Co-Op/Costcutters and watched them eke out their last few pennies on these cards ?

AngryDave said...

I am one of the few (or maybe the only one) who has never spent a penny on the lottery. And, i probably never will.
I was kind of hoping Branson would get it few years ago, especialy as he said he was going to run it on a non-profit basis.
Camelot are almost definately giving the government back-handers to keep it, and they are just as corrupt.

lagent said...

Yeah you are right but the thing is playing national lottery game is a addicted game.If you play one time it become habit to play again and again.At the stage of addiction people don't worry about how many money they waste on one scratchcard.