Playing the lottery, why do you do it?

United States
November 29, 2008 11:57am CST
November 29, 2008 Personally I think playing the lottery is a waste of money. I think it’s used to exploit the poor into thinking they’ll win a bunch of money and be rich beyond their wildest dreams. The money made is never used for what its intended for yet people still hand over money for a ticket like its nothing. I know that sometimes people won’t play the lottery unless it’s in the tens of millions, what is the allure?
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@AnnaB7 (757)
• United States
29 Nov 08
It is because people are so discouraged with the amount of money they make working and see that the lottery is so much they think that it's only a dollar or so and if I win then I can pay off all my debts and be able to afford to live at a decent standard instead of having to take second or third best or whatever. It seems like a quick easy solution and it is very much taking advantage of those who are poor or who have little education or who are at a desperat point in their lives, it is just not a good thing, and it is an illusion that just seems like it could be possible because sometimes people win. the lottery is a waste of money, and it is also a way to cause people to throw hard earned money at dreams they can rarely ever reach in this way, it is better to work towards learning how to work harder or find away to get more education so that your earnings can be better instead of flushing money down the toilet which is what money spent on the lottery often is, and think about it how often do you hear about or see a rich person buying lottery tickets? usually it's people who don't have enough money to meet their basic needs even.
@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
29 Nov 08
You have a valid point, rich people, or even those comfortably well off, do not play the lottery. They have learned how to meet their needs without the magic of gambling. It is sad to see those who are behind on everything still throwing away one or two dollars at a time into a black hole.
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@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
30 Nov 08
GardenGerty, rich people might not play the lottery but they do gamble and in more ways than one. Most rich people don't get/stay rich by leaving their money in the bank doing nothing except getting a tiny amount of interest. They gamble on business, stocks, shares, futures markets etc. They do that in the hope that whatever they buy or invest in will increase considerably in value and often in a short period of time as well. Think about the number iof previously extremely wealthy people are not in that category after the recent stock market falls. A large number have found that they are no longer nearly as wealthy as they were even 6 months ago. Also look at how many are also heavy gamblers but their gambling is done at the Casinos or race tracks. The late Kerry Paacker who was Australia's richest man was known to lose millions in one session at the Casino. At the same time I have to admit that he used to win millions at other times and in fact was legendary at many of the casinos. There are others who are just the same but the difference is that can afford to lose.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Nov 08
I do not play the lottery. I think it is rather stupid. You never win, and the money does not go to what it is intended to and why not donate the money through charity or through your church? It appeals to greed and the ones who buy the lottery tickets are the ones who cannot afford it anyway. I think it appeals to a person's greed, getting something for nothing, and taking a chance, a modern version of the magic portion.
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@Anne18 (11036)
29 Nov 08
I haven't played the lottery in years, we did win a few pounds on the lottery. I am thinking about buying a ticket every week starting from the new year, I might win, well someone has to win and i can't thnik of anyone more worthy than me
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
29 Nov 08
For some it may give them a rush. Others think that money will solve their problems. I don't play it. Just seems like a waste of time.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
29 Nov 08
Money is the allure.. lol =D The power and temptation of power is very great, thus it's always hard to resist it.. lol =D ANd once one start playing it, winning on their 1st attempt, they will start to take for granted that it's easy money.. lol As for those whom din win on their 1st attempt, all the more, they will wanna try their luck again and recoup their losses.. lol =D Thus in a way, playing the lotto, is something whereby one should not start, because it might get addictive.. haha
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@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Hey hey I guess people think they just might be the lucky one . Most times you put more money in than you win anyway . I will play once in a blue moon . my fiance has a gram who buys those scratch tickets each week . she puts like 20 in and hardly gets back anything . Only few times he won bigger ! to me not worth it .
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• United States
30 Nov 08
Hey, nice to see you again. It such a hit or miss thing, I don't play either.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I don't usually buy lottery tickets. I did buy one several years ago when the "jackpot" was large and I won $100 and only spent $2. I was happy but, didn't buy anymore because I figured I had my lucky time.
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• Philippines
29 Nov 08
a lottery is a game of chance, a gamble. like most of the things we buy. depending on how much you bet in the lottery ( a dollar or ten times more etc) it's almost like buying a thing or a service or a pleasure (a bit of high/ happiness). like a cup of hot coffee you bought in a cold day ---something to calm you or warm you or simply because you love the aroma. whatever your reason for buying the coffee, there was a certain allure to have it... but without the guarantee that it would really calm your nerves or hot enough to warm your insides or have the same aromatic smell that you love when you make it at home. the first time i placed a bet in the lotto (lottery) was twelve years ago. im not a great fan but i occasionally indulge myself on the chance, but the bets are rare and far in between. i must have placed only about a dozen or so bets in the same number of years... (in plain words, like once a year). right now the smallest bet (a ticket) is about $0.20 that could buy you a chance to win from $0.40 to millions. i've won twice but those are very small winnings. my aunt won 5 out of 6 numbers, roughly $400 worth. and a friend of sister has won the jackpot, amount undisclosed of course but is likely $1M-$2M. and the winning combination is a bet worth $0.20. so you ask what is the allure... it differs from one person to another depending on where they are in the pyramid. playing for fun for a chance or betting on chance for a better life. a lot of people who have $0.20 would probably bet on a lottery if they want to or feel like to. there's adrenalin rush, definitely. especially if you talk about winning and beating the system. :) the allure of money for some; more money for others... yes, definitely. who would turn their back for the chance of having more money for an investment worth $0.20? unfortunately, most of the poor had a lot more riding in that $0.20 ticket --- their hopes, their dreams, their future, their only chance to rise out of poverty. which is very sad if we look at it that way. but it almost always is the main reason for doing it. again, the outlook depends on where a person is in the pyramid, the top few or the dominant bottom which are the "have nots".
@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Its just what you said, they exploit the poor, and make them think that they may have a chance to win millions, that maybe just this once they might win. Just like the casinos, they do the same thing, people go in there and spend their hard earned money on a dream, and mostly it is just a dream, I think you have to spend alot of money in there to win big money, you can go in there and see people feeding 100.00 dollar bills in those machines, thinking they are going to win big, and most of the time they don't ever win back what they spent, they just lose money, I stay out of those places too, and I don't ever play the lottery either. I figure if God wanted me to be rich, he would of put me in a wealthy family.
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@Dasari100 (3803)
• Anantapur, India
25 Apr 09
It is waste of money and time so we should not depend up on neither one so we have believe your self and put efforts to get money so that is only formula which i believe and if it lucks come to you so then without playing lottery you will get money from them.
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• United States
25 Apr 09
I agree, luck happens to those who use their money wisely.
@Dasari100 (3803)
• Anantapur, India
25 Apr 09
When god decided to some money if it will come then come, if it won't come then it won't come so you need to be positive and pray him what you need but once you are expert in praying with devotion then you no need to pray so gifts come to at your door step my friend.
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
2 Dec 08
Same here I also believe it is a waste of money. Any game of chance that require me to put money is gambling and it is either you win or lose. I don't subscribe to any form of gambling. To me it is greediness. If I want money, I should work hard and don't rely on luck.
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• United States
2 Dec 08
No truer words have been spoken.
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
30 Nov 08
I don't play lottery and just like you, I believe it is just a waste of time and money most importantly. Instead of improving the economic conditions of the poor, it lures them to become gamblers.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
You're exactly right!
• Canada
30 Nov 08
I'm going to take a guess and say for the thrill or perhaps greed.People always picture how it'll be like if they win but they never picture them losing.
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• United States
30 Nov 08
Because that picture looks them in the rear view mirror every time they drive off with their "lucky" ticket.
@GardenGerty (101592)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I do not play the lottery, and like you, I do not understand the attraction. I agree with you on all points. Hubby says that when he was younger he would play, no more than five dollars worth and would regard it as a donation anyway. Yes, it deceives people into believing some pie in the sky about becoming wealthy and living happily ever after, yet even the people who do win seem to have worse lives rather than better.
• United States
30 Nov 08
True on all counts you listed.
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
10 Dec 08
I do it occasionally even if I know I'm never going to win. It gives me a chance to fantasize about what I wold do with the winnings if I ever actually won. It's a type of escapism. I know it's not going to happen but I can entertain myself for a few days with ideas of what I could do if my number ever came up. Having said that, I don't play regularly and I never gamble money I can't afford to lose.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I bust my butt at work for very little money, it is a dollar and it maybe a dream but it is cheaper and better for your health then smoking or drinking. And I do know of a cleaning woman in a local hospital who won and became a millionaire...and you can't win unless you are in.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Dec 08
Of course, you're right. The lottery is gambling. And what is gambling if not a waste of money designed to make people think they're in with a chance of getting rich?
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@praveenjena (1304)
• India
7 Dec 08
hello buddy, well i certainly agree with you. there are a group of people who really want to get to the top easily. they want to earn with very less effort and they believe that with the help of luck they will be earning much. well that is certainly not true. and most of the time they loose the money that they have with them at nothing. well i think that they probably feel very disheartened at their loss . but after that they do that again. ya it is true people forget very soon.
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@leeesa (885)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I actually know someone who won a lottery. It was a smaller one, so he only got a couple hundred thousand. But still! It was enough to share a little with his family and buy a house. I myself rarely buy tickets. I did win $20 once though. For as much as I gamble, that pretty much paid for a lifetime of lottery tickets for me!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Dec 08
I only buy lottery ticket every sunday and no other day... because like you said... i dream of winning a bunch of money and be rich beyond my wildest dream... i don't see anything wrong with that... as long as the person will not put all his hard earned money into just buying lottery tickets...
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