I don't think that the lottery is a bad thing itís a small price to pay for a bit of fun. I don't do it myself but on the odd occasion I have done it I play the 'hot picks' game and I've won. I think over the years I have put in about £10 to play and received about £60 so I'm up, and I always quit when I'm ahead.
The reason I donít play the lottery is because of something I heard just after it started that put a more visual meaning to the odds. This was when it was one draw once a week. This guy on the radio said that if every combination came out just once, it would take 250,000 years for every combination to come out. Iím not a mathematician but I trust the man on the radio had worked that out properly.