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Do you play the lottery?

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I've never felt the need myself, but there is a lottery syndicate at work that throw their money away every week...

I can't help thinking the Lottery supports a lot of SJW charities that I'd begrudge supporting....

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Bought 5 tickets spontaneously over the years just for shits and giggles, won a tenner with the second purchase

Wouldn't buy since the price rise, so 5 quid up.

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Yes and the occasional scratch card  o.O

Sad I know but.... I do know of a couple of people who won relatively big...  Not me though but I have my eye on dosbods island when I do :)

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47 minutes ago, One percent said:

Yes and the occasional scratch card  o.O

Sad I know but.... I do know of a couple of people who won relatively big...  Not me though but I have my eye on dosbods island when I do :)

Guilty as charged i know two winners £4 mil and £1Mill 

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I chip in when someone wants to buy tickets at work because the jakpot has become huge; I also buy a lotto ticket for me and a relative, who does the same for me but only as long as we can give each other the tcket prior to the draw, when the jackpot starts approaching £15m and the guaranteed jackpot payout.  Plus any specials as they tend do at Christmas.

That probably works out at one week in three so say £40 a year and as I won £159 last year it paid a back a few years' losses.

I wouldn't routinely buy one, buy more than one ticket, or buy a scratchcard so that £40 a year is pretty much right and at that level I don't get upset if I don't win.

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1 hour ago, Fischer said:

Never bought a single ticket.

Tax on the stupid.

Same here. Totally agree! It's either delusion (re the odds on winning anything versus the money you spend trying) or just fantasy.

OTOH occasionally ppl win silly money like tens of millions? Life changing and couldn't ever happen any other way unless might inherit such a sum from someone? (Unlikely for most of us?)

My own dear old mum (no longer with us) always liked to have a weekly flutter of some kind. Was the football pools for years (chap coming to our house to collect the money and the next week's try), spot the ball, the Grand National (annually) and any charity set up for which a priye was in the offing.

In latter year, she embraced the lottery and played regularly. Clearly no longer for herself but to leave for her friends and descendants I assume. (As who needs millions at the age of 80?)

I had to buy her lottery ticket for her once, when she couldn't get to the shop. She had the same numbers every week so it was critical (in her mind) not to miss a week in case that was THE WEEK her numbers came up! (I had to hand over her coupon for the clerk to do it as I had zero idea how it all works.)

I reckon this behaviour has strong links to being superstitious? As probably picking random numbers gives exactly the same (minuscule) chance statistically speaking? But ppl do like to believe in lucky numbers and patterns etc. And get excited when only a couple of numbers off a big win? (This really encourages them on!)

For me, I so HATE losing/wasting money that there's no pleasure whatsoever in casinos, slot machines, raffle tickets, scratch cards. I even find the scratch cards we are sometimes given (free) at the supermarket to be annoying. (Black soot comes off when you remember to scratch them and the top prize is only ever a yoghurt or say a €5-off-your-next-shopping-visit coupon! )

With charity raffles, would prefer to just make a donation and tell them to keep their tickets for themselves! (Giving money away or spending it is the way to go for me! Gambling just annoys me!)

The Chinese seem to like a bet. But it's not fun in many cases - more like a serious business, with superstitious prayers (perhaps certain ceremonies/sacrifices) for good fortune to come their way. Then possible suicide if it was a get out of debt solution which failed. Funerals involve a lot of (fake) paper money being burnt along with paper replicas of everything a rich person might have bought with such wealth eg house, car, laptop, mobile phone. Very odd. A full on worship of money and wealth?! (A bit Egyptian pyramid style? And totally at odds with the teachings of Jesus most of us here will have grown up with ie poor = good and when one dies material goods mean nothing.) 

 

 

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I have to confess I wouldn't know how to.

And don't want to show that ignorance in public, even if I did want to play.

I don't know how to bet on horses etc either. Which as a 50 year old bloke is something that I probably should know.

Edited by Cunning Plan

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30 minutes ago, Malthus said:

I don’t pay voluntary taxes 

Never known anyone who won a decent amount 

My mum used to win £10-£15 pounds sometimes. Maybe as much as £60 once. But of course she spent all that and many times more not winning! Son of a friend of mine won £40k once tho. That's quite a useful amount I have to say! :) But I am still never tempted.

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1 minute ago, Cunning Plan said:

I have to confess I wouldn't know how to.

And don't want to show that ignorance in public, even if I did want to play.

I don't know how to bet on horses etc either. Which as a 50 year old bloke is something that I probably should know.

Not that I'm encouraging you but you just walk up and ask for either and they'll sort it out for you.

I bet on the horses so infrequently that I know I'll get it wrong and always ask the staff to write out my bet for me.

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4 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

Not that I'm encouraging you but you just walk up and ask for either and they'll sort it out for you.

I bet on the horses so infrequently that I know I'll get it wrong and always ask the staff to write out my bet for me.

Yes but what do you ask for?

Do you just say 'can I have a lottery ticket please'?

It looks more complicated than that.

 

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Just now, Cunning Plan said:

Yes but what do you ask for?

Do you just say 'can I have a lottery ticket please'?

It looks more complicated than that.

 

At the lottery till they'll have a screen showing how big the jackpots are; if I notice a big jackpot then I walk over and ask for a lucky dip (i.e I'm not picking any numbers, the software does that for me) on whichever of Lotto (£2) or Euromillions (£2.50) had the big jackpot.  Takes thirty seconds.  The ticket has the draw day printed on it and whether you it is Lotto or EM.

There are all manner of things to do with these lotteries that I don't understand because I have no desire to spend any more than I do currently  - Thunderball, Daily Draws - but the ones with the big jackpots are straightforward.

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1 minute ago, Cunning Plan said:

Yes but what do you ask for?

Do you just say 'can I have a lottery ticket please'?

It looks more complicated than that.

 

Yes, it seems more complicated than that to me too!

I took my mum's pre-filled in coupon but had to remember to ask them for something like 2 lines and a lucky chance ball? Had no idea what it was all about! Sadly my 3 kids all knew how it works which made me think that some of me their money was sometimes going on gambling! (Hadn't realised that before!)

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7 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

At the lottery till they'll have a screen showing how big the jackpots are; if I notice a big jackpot then I walk over and ask for a lucky dip (i.e I'm not picking any numbers, the software does that for me) on whichever of Lotto (£2) or Euromillions (£2.50) had the big jackpot.  Takes thirty seconds.  The ticket has the draw day printed on it and whether you it is Lotto or EM.

There are all manner of things to do with these lotteries that I don't understand because I have no desire to spend any more than I do currently  - Thunderball, Daily Draws - but the ones with the big jackpots are straightforward.

Thanks 

Not that I am interested but I think I would still feel as awkward as a 16 year old with fake ID walking into a pub and saying 'some beer please Landlord'

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4 minutes ago, Cunning Plan said:

Thanks 

Not that I am interested but I think I would still feel as awkward as a 16 year old with fake ID walking into a pub and saying 'some beer please Landlord'

I've had periods of not buying them at all but when everyone around you at work is chipping in on a Friday then you get this mental image of everyone leaping around and popping champagne corks on Monday morning whilst you manage a weak "Congratulations" and wish them well on their early retirement and world cruises.

It's worth paying a pound to stop that from becoming reality.

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1 minute ago, Frank Hovis said:

I've had periods of not buying them at all but when everyone around you at work is chipping in on a Friday then you get this mental image of everyone leaping around and popping champagne corks on Monday morning whilst you manage a weak "Congratulations" and wish them well on their early retirement and world cruises.

It's worth paying a pound to stop that from becoming reality.

That's a fair point. My father in law won £30k in the works syndicate.

It caused no end of grief though. One bloke, who always played, was off that week, but as was common practice he was expected to pay double the next week.

Several of the syndicate didn't want to give him his share. Got quite nasty apparently.

I also recall when it started, as an employer I could take out insurance against the work syndicate winning and no bastard turning up for work the next day.

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

I chip in when someone wants to buy tickets at work because the jakpot has become huge; I also buy a lotto ticket for me and a relative, who does the same for me but only as long as we can give each other the tcket prior to the draw, when the jackpot starts approaching £15m and the guaranteed jackpot payout.  Plus any specials as they tend do at Christmas.

That probably works out at one week in three so say £40 a year and as I won £159 last year it paid a back a few years' losses.

I wouldn't routinely buy one, buy more than one ticket, or buy a scratchcard so that £40 a year is pretty much right and at that level I don't get upset if I don't win.

They always say that money goes to money Frank. :)

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