The Magic of Lottery Games
It could be said that lottery games are fairly magical things. No, not in any superstitious sense – there is nothing particularly magical about being lucky enough to match a handful of selections with numbers drawn randomly – but in the sense that they give literally anyone the chance to achieve their dreams. Take the EuroMillions jackpot, for example. Tonight one player could turn their very modestly priced lottery entry into a £110 million fortune, and all in the space of a minute or two. If you don’t find that possibility to be fairly magical right now, we are confident that you would change your mind if you were to win!
The chance for literally anyone to become a multi-millionaire is something that people could only fantasise about in previous generations. Back then the only way to become a millionaire several times over was to have exceptional talent, business prowess, rich ancestors or the keys to a bank vault (legitimately acquired or otherwise!). But now anyone who is of legal age can go online, buy themselves a lottery ticket and – if they are lucky – win more money in minutes than many celebrities and industry leaders have managed to earn in decades.
Although lottery games have been played in the UK since 1994, there are still some people who refuse to play Lotto or EuroMillions on principle. Those people tend to argue that the odds of winning a jackpot are too small to be worth bothering with. The odds for winning the Lotto jackpot are of course 1 in 13,983,816, whilst the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot are 1 in 116,531,800.
We would respond by saying that these odds – as long as they may be – are far better than the odds of anyone becoming a multi-millionaire for zero effort without buying lottery tickets. Will anyone who refrains from buying a EuroMillions ticket have a chance of being £110 million richer by the time they go to bed tonight? Probably not. But will EuroMillions players have such a chance? Absolutely.
Even if we don’t win ourselves a lottery jackpot this week, the fact that we can buy the chance to do so week after week is something that we should try and appreciate a lot more than we do. When we think in these terms – and also add in the fact that every lottery ticket purchased helps to raise money for Good Causes – it is clear that lottery games really are magical things.
Enjoy your participation in the EuroMillions game tonight (buy your tickets here if you haven’t done so already) and good luck!
Written by Ian BruceTuesday 6th September 2011
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