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Lottery is the Same as Any Other Form of Gambling

Jul 5, 2008
I always here people complaining about gambling and how wrong it is and why would you want to waste your money, then a week later I bump into them in a shop and they are buying a lottery ticket. I say what are you doing I thought gambling was wrong and they reply don't be silly this is the lottery.

What the hell? Isn't the lottery a form of gambling I think to myself? It defiantly is, I think people that do not accept this fact are just in denial. If you are giving money to buy something to win more it is classed as gambling, people spend hundreds of pounds a week to play the lottery most times winning nothing back or a very minimal amount, this is classed as obsessive gambling, do you think that the more tickets you buy the better the odds are of winning? I don't think that's the case if your going to get lucky with the lottery you can do it with one ticket not hundreds.

Other forms of gambling would include raffles and competitions, although they are not classed as major games people still become addicted to these and waste a lot of money. Let us just take a minute and look in the arcades area of theme parks and fairs. You put money in the machines to play to win tickets, at the end of your day you can then exchange your tickets for something behind the counter. On average people spend around 50 pounds playing these machines to win tickets, they then go to the counter to exchange it for a small teddy or a balloon which you can buy for 1 pound.

I think the reason why people don't class the lottery, raffles and arcades as gambling is because its featured nationwide it is publicised on the TV so it has been accepted by the public, it is exactly the same with scratch cards I have seen people winning like a few pounds on a card and then going to spend all that winnings on more cards to end up being left with nothing. So I reckon if games such as poker, roulette and blackjack where made public at an international level they it would no longer be classed as a dangerous dark game but it will be enjoyed by the whole world who would then also end up playing sensibly without getting into debt worries.
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