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Make Your Fortune On The Lottery

Jun 4, 2008
The lottery is one of the most popular methods of gambling in the UK. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK buy tickets to be entered into the lottery with the hope of striking it lucky and becoming an overnight millionaire. The main concept of a lottery is that a large number of people buy a ticket for a small fee such as a pound and enter a big draw from which a winner is picked to claim an enormous prize often worth millions of pounds.

Many countries have outlawed gambling and do not allow lotteries to take place but in many countries the lottery has been nationalised and is regulated carefully. They are a relatively new phenomenon and did not really become popular until well after the second world war in the 1960s. The reason for the new interest was that some governments saw it as a way of raising revenue that was separate to taxation.

As a result of the role that thy have played in helping governments raise funds they have been called a regressive tax by critics. The critics of this form of fundraising for a government say that the people that buy tickets are generally the poorer members of society that search for a way to earn large sums of money quickly. As a result it can be seen as a damaging influence on poorer sections of society.

It has also been criticised as many people believe it legitmises gambling and encourages people that wouldn't ordinarily gamble to spend money. It does as a result receive criticism that suggests that it brings about more gambling addicts. There are also strong criticisms that the value of the ticket that is bought is worth significantly less than it costs. This is because lottery companies can be seen to take too big a profit from their lottery.

The majority of lotteries take the form of a cash prize but there are also lotteries that give out goods. One popular form of lottery that guarantees that the operator makes money is the 50-50 draw. In this type of lottery half of the money that is taken in ticket sales is distributed into the prize fund whereas the remaining half is the money that the lottery organiser keeps.

Traditionally lotteries took place where a set number of tickets were sold and that each of these tickets had different numbers. Nowadays this is different. Many people can pick tickets with the same number and often the prize fund is separated between the people that have the same ticket number. This means that there is the potential to have a wide number of different winners in any one lottery.

The major appeal of the lottery is that it enables people to have far reaching dreams of wealth that go well beyond their likely lifetime possibilities. It is believed that people buy tickets for a small cost so that they can allow themselves the luxury of dreaming that they could become wealthy overnight. In this sense it is very different to standard models of economic rationality. People do not generally believe that they will stand to gain from their investment in a lottery ticket but buy one more for the thrill of the possibility.
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Shaun Parker is a expert gambler and helps people make the most of the money that they spend on theLottery. His advice could help you save money.
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