Reasons not to play the lottery are plenty, especially in a country with gambling addiction and millions of people in debt. Since its launch in 1994, the National Lottery has created an expensive and complicated competition that sees the poorest in society spend the most on scratch cards, often to benefit city art projects (nothing wrong with that – but not at the expense of those in need).
You are very unlikely to win the lottery anyway. You actually have more chance of being killed on the way to buy your lottery ticket, than of winning it. You are also more likely to die in a plane crash, get murdered, be made a saint or die from flesh-eating bacteria, than win the lottery. Yet still people continue to play.
- Critics say that lotteries are a stealth tax, to let politicians off the hook for not doing their job properly. Most things funded by lotteries (charities, food banks) should not need public help. The government receives around 12% of lottery money (it doesn’t all go to charity). So you are giving them your money, which they give to someone else, keep the rest (then cut your benefits).
- The Quakers don’t accept lottery money (it’s been offered). This is because it goes against the ‘Golden Rule’ of all faiths (do unto others, as you would have them do unto you). For you to win, someone has got to lose. So if you end up in a mansion with a yacht – some poor soul on a sink estate can’t pay his electric bill, because he got desperate and spent his last few pounds on a lottery ticket: and now the government has cut his disability benefits.
- Playing the lottery makes the world more money-orientated. Becoming a millionaire should not be a life goal. Those that win, often say they wish they hadn’t. Empaths lose it all by giving it all away to anyone who asks, and a few have even been murdered. If the lottery was designed to ‘change lives’, the prize would be giving £100K to 100 people each week.
- If you want to help good causes, just donate to a small charity. Then just forget about it. Paul Bickley writes that ‘At best, (the lottery) is a clever system for leveraging public good out of need, greed and hopelessness’