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The Lottery - News Coverage

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That the lottery was a double or triple rollover was a staple of news broadcasts as recently as two years ago and now it very rarely gets a mention, the only thing that does get reported is the nationality of a big Euromillions winner after the event.

I've noticed because we put on some money at work when it gets up to rollovers and didn't used to have to visit their site to find out as it was on the news bulletins.

Also on the local radio they used to give out the results the next day and have a chat about it (one presenter always bought a ticket). That's all stopped now.

It feels like there was some BBC directive early last year to drop coverage of it and the rest of the media has followed suit.

Was this because it was seen as promoting it when there are rivals?

Other than finding it a pain to have to now check their website I don't miss the coverage, but it was prominent for twenty years and has now vanished.

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I find normal life enough of a lottery for me.

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Another bookies has opened up (after McDonalds closes in North End, because the council have decided to remove all the parking spaces), and the TV ad spaces are filled with online bingo games, and yet another couple have won £25,000 on the postcode lottery.

It's sad, because on payday, the bloke gambles the months wages at the bookies, loses it all, and then and shouts at the wife because he has no money to buy nappies. Oh don't worry he's just seen quick-Kash pay day loans, so he can borrow up to £600.

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Another bookies has opened up (after McDonalds closes in North End, because the council have decided to remove all the parking spaces), and the TV ad spaces are filled with online bingo games, and yet another couple have won £25,000 on the postcode lottery.

It's sad, because on payday, the bloke gambles the months wages at the bookies, loses it all, and then and shouts at the wife because he has no money to buy nappies. Oh don't worry he's just seen quick-Kash pay day loans, so he can borrow up to £600.

It's more than sad Mr two-quid - it's tragic.

I have 3 children from my first marriage, and Mrs XYY has 3 from hers.

5 out of the 6 of them are living exactly as you describe.

There's never any money for food, electricity or nappies - but their smart-phones are the latest models, and they always manage to have credit on them.

We aren't supposed to know about this - but her older-sister informs us that one of them has racked-up ten-grand - yes, that's TEN THOUSAND pounds - in on-line gambling debts using her mobile phone.

She's on the friggin' dole ffs, and has an abysmal credit-history - how the hell can this actually happen...?

The modern world disgusts me more and more with the passing of each new day....

:(

XYY

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I'm sad to hear your kids are such wasters, Mr X.

I don't gamble, well not really. I have bought the occasional lottery ticket, or put a couple of quid on a dog, but it holds no interest to me. That £10k would buy a fine motorbike.

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The Euromillions goes up to £2.50 next week, I wonder if they will blame brexit?

I said to the checkout girl "you'll have to win the lottery to afford to play it", she looked at me like I was the 100th person to say it.

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I played last week and got three numbers, and all in the order they came out in the actual draw winning £25. I was trying to work out the odds of that happening. Then won my money back with the Euro Millions with two numbers. Ok I haven't tracked my losses over the year but trying to ride this 'luck'. Or maybe I'm unlucky starting the road to the jackpot? Doubt I'll play at the new prices.

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Message on their site now saying the ticket checking app has been telling people they lost even if there was a win.

It always amazes me how many people win and don't claim. There are 18 x £1M raffle ticket wins not been claimed at the moment. Probably dozens expired unclaimed too.

Maybe they need to do some sort of loyalty card so idiots can be matched up with their wins and get a txt or something.

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One of our mates has been asking us each individually for large sums of money (in my case £5K), and we can't work out what he's actually spending it on. We know it's not drugs, he never buys anything tangible but he loves the slot machines, so we reckon he's lost money doing online gambling. Dangerous position to be in.

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2 minutes ago, JoeDavola said:

One of our mates has been asking us each individually for large sums of money (in my case £5K), and we can't work out what he's actually spending it on. We know it's not drugs, he never buys anything tangible but he loves the slot machines, so we reckon he's lost money doing online gambling. Dangerous position to be in.

He's better off going bankrupt if it's gambling; lack of credit is one sure way to beat that addiction.

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11 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

He's better off going bankrupt if it's gambling; lack of credit is one sure way to beat that addiction.

That's a good point - force him to go cold turkey.

He's married with his second kid on the way. It's sad to see and we've considered an 'intervention' but he's never been able to exercise restraint or sensible judgement in any area of his life so he's not about to start now I guess. Just hope things don't feck up too badly for him.

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Judging by the number of online gambling sites which pop up in adverts, I imagine this profitable scam ruins many lives.:huh:

Why not waste money by rebuilding an old car/motorbike? That's what I do sometimes. I can assure you it gets expensive. I also blow lots of money on guitars, not recently though, as I am tripping over the things.

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Not sure.

I dont gamble, not habitually. I play the lottery about once evey 18 month, mainly as a result from partner nagging if its a rollover.

Ive never bet on a horse.

Ive never played a slotty. It just does not work for me.

Gambling is the way to burn through your money. Most peopld can only drink a finite amount of booze. A FOBtT termial can swallow the average wage in 5 minutes.

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Do online gambling companies actually give credit?! If so, surely that should be made illegal. I assumed you had to deposit cash from debit/credit cards? 

It shouldnt be forgotten that it was Labour that encouraged the massive increase in the gambling industry and the further ******ing over of the working class. Remember they wanted "Super Casinos" too, which would have ghettoised various towns (although it's hard to imagine Blackpool getting any worse).

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There was a time when you couldn't use a credit card to gamble, it was a mistake I think allowing it.

Wouldn't stop someone just getting a cash advance then depositing it into their account and using a debit card though. Sometimes the extra hassle is enough though after a night of heavy drinking.

Bookies have always offered credit accounts, I had them with Hills, Ladbrokes, etc 20 years ago. I think legally they were not enforceable through the courts back then.

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1 hour ago, mikthe20 said:

Do online gambling companies actually give credit?! If so, surely that should be made illegal. I assumed you had to deposit cash from debit/credit cards? 

It shouldnt be forgotten that it was Labour that encouraged the massive increase in the gambling industry and the further ******ing over of the working class. Remember they wanted "Super Casinos" too, which would have ghettoised various towns (although it's hard to imagine Blackpool getting any worse).

FX traders do/did.

With leverage on offer you can go from 1000000->0 in aday.

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2 minutes ago, spyguy said:

FX traders do/did.

With leverage on offer you can go from 1000000->0 in aday.

Lordy! I've kept away from FX and also spread betting - seems like a license to go bankrupt.

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59 minutes ago, DEATH said:

There was a time when you couldn't use a credit card to gamble, it was a mistake I think allowing it.

Wouldn't stop someone just getting a cash advance then depositing it into their account and using a debit card though. Sometimes the extra hassle is enough though after a night of heavy drinking.

Bookies have always offered credit accounts, I had them with Hills, Ladbrokes, etc 20 years ago. I think legally they were not enforceable through the courts back then.

Indeed, can't believe this is permitted in an otherwise nanny state.

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