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Re: Euromillions... by johnnythemonkey on 7 May 2009 11:14pm
I don't buy lottery tickets, I'm happy with the money I have.
Re: Euromillions... by mrsthing on 8 May 2009 1:35pm
I have a friend who calls the lottery a "tax on stupidity". The American lottery system is so big that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning.

Ever notice that the people grumble most about paying taxes or about wasteful government spending are perfectly happy to blow $100 a week on lottery tickets?

For the record, I do occasionally by a lottery ticket. But just one. I'm not sure I'd really want all that money.
Re: Euromillions... by kazzzz on 8 May 2009 2:30pm
I worked in a large newsagency, there were about 30 staff and we sold lottery tickets, NONE of us ever bought any coz we knew how bad the odds were of winning anything.
You have a much better chance in a raffle, there are a much smaller amount of tickets sold.
Re: Euromillions... by Wild in Africa on 8 May 2009 2:32pm
The chances of earth being hit by an asteroid in 2028 is between 1:500 and 1:1000 whereas the chances of winning the UK lottery is 1:14,000,000 and I would imagine even more lengthy odds for the Eurolottery. However I have bought two tickets as even a fraction of tonight's win would do wonders for my devastated finances.
Re: Euromillions... by Spursfan on 8 May 2009 5:42pm
The point is - you have to be in it to win it!

We buy 2 tickets each week for each of the Wednesday and Saturday lottery ('Lotto') i.e. 4 tickets per week which is £4 per week. On top of this my husband continues in the lottery from the job he was made redundant from a year ago, which is another £2 per week. Hardly breaks the bank and yet we could win a fortune.

With the Euromillions, we wait until the jackpot is worth winning, say over £30 million, and then buy a ticket each per week until it is won - 2 x £1.50 per week.

I don't think much to your friend's comment, Judy - it is more a dream to hold on to than 'stupidity'. And where's the harm?

Personally I think that people who don't buy a ticket are sad.

Re: Euromillions... by mrsthing on 9 May 2009 4:22pm
There's no harm if you only buy one ticket. But there are people who'll drop $100 on the lottery--the same people who complain about taxes, usually.

If I don't buy a ticket, I'm not sad. I'm a dollar richer. I have other hopes and dreams.
Re: Euromillions... by suzulu on 10 May 2009 11:52am
The biggest thing I have won is a skiing holiday in France!
Re: Euromillions... by kazzzz on 10 May 2009 1:13pm
Well that's pretty big!!!!
Re: Euromillions... by bIG bLOGGER on 10 May 2009 2:23pm
My keyboard here has a pound symbol (£) and a dollar symbol ($),but no euro-money symbol ( ),so I'm a bit miffed about that.
News is that yesterday's May 09 Euro Lottery Draw was won by ONE person who lives in Spain,who scooped 110 million euros. My experience of Spain makes me think the ticket could have had ONE person's name on it but it could have been a syndicate of 20 or 30 people who purchased a whole bunch of tickets to increase the odds of winning. There are a lot of syndicates like that in Spain,where they are very enthusiastic about doing lotteries.

...at the bottom of the Winners List there were also over 2 million persons who won a paltry 9 euros!
Re: Euromillions... by geordiegirl on 11 May 2009 3:35pm
(Just catching up, been away) - Anne! what did you win? And what was the record, can you remember?

I bet you were thrilled, and I hope your name was in TV Times too.

Not wishing to sound bitter 'n'twisted, it was all to do with keeping us buying TV Times, really, wasn't it?
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