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Saturday
Dec222007

Lotteries are for Losers

Ever since the UK National Lottery started, I have viewed it as a sort of voluntary tax on stupidity and unfounded wishful thinking.  By stupidity, I mean gullibilty and ignorance of basic mathematics and probability theory.  It seems to me that lotteries foster a sort of learned helplessness in which people give up on trying to forge their own success and, instead, sit back and wait for it to come to them.  Surely not the sort of thing that a government should be encouraging.

Reader Comments (1)

Once a week I get an e-mail from the "UK Lottery" telling me that I have won some grand prize. I must be the luckiest person in the world.
December 23 | Unregistered CommenterAydin

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