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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...n-90p-bet.html

Why are such stories peddled as though they are good news?

The sad thing is that millions of people place bets, often hundreds times larger than the punter in this case, and lose. Their families are often left to pick up the pieces.

The Bible warns us to stay away from the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). Scripture also encourages us to stay away from attempts to 'get rich quick' (Proverbs 13:11; 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10).

I personally don't think that placing the odd bet is sinful - for example, buying a raffle ticket at a school fete. In these cases it's more about the gesture of making a donation to the organistaion which also has the added bonus of maybe winning something.

The National Lottery on the other hand feeds off the poor's desire to 'get rich quick'. Many see it as a quick fix for their problems. It totally sends out the wrong message - that success in life is a product of risk-taking, not hard work. I see people on a daily basis who have fallen foul of gambling addictions. In some ways it's much worse than drink or drugs as it involves a high level of deceit.

Do you think the National Lottery should be banned?
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The article isn't even about the national lottery.. ?
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You should be banned
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No.
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Keep on trollin'
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The article isn't even about the national lottery.. ?
Did I say it was?

The National Lottery though is state-sponsored sin on a mass scale, which is why I chose to target it.
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I don't think it should be banned, but people should be more educated about the ugly side of the lottery, particularly addiction and how routine bets can quickly add up to quite a lot of money especially when someone wins a small amount and wants to play again before their luck runs out
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I agree! The National Lotteryn is clearly the cause of the downfall of British society! Let us get back to hating gays and burning witches like the Good Lord wants us to!
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(Original post by Bakmouth)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...n-90p-bet.html

Why are such stories peddled as though they are good news?

The sad thing is that millions of people place bets, often hundreds times larger than the punter in this case, and lose. Their families are often left to pick up the pieces.

The Bible warns us to stay away from the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). Scripture also encourages us to stay away from attempts to 'get rich quick' (Proverbs 13:11; 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10).

I personally don't think that placing the odd bet is sinful - for example, buying a raffle ticket at a school fete. In these cases it's more about the gesture of making a donation to the organistaion which also has the added bonus of maybe winning something.

The National Lottery on the other hand feeds off the poor's desire to 'get rich quick'. Many see it as a quick fix for their problems. It totally sends out the wrong message - that success in life is a product of risk-taking, not hard work. I see people on a daily basis who have fallen foul of gambling addictions. In some ways it's much worse than drink or drugs as it involves a high level of deceit.

Do you think the National Lottery should be banned?

For once I think you are actually raising a valid point

Gambling addiction does ruin lives, and it is overlooked in our society. However I don’t think the national lottery should be the concern, online casinos make it far too easy to lose your money and develop addictions due to the occasional win keeping people motivated to continue gambling.

The national lottery also does donate money to charity, and due to the nature of it compared to casinos i fail to see how it can be anywhere near as addictive.
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The Lottery provides funding for dozens of important causes that the government cannot find the money for. If people choose to play the lottery, it's their business, and they should be prepared to accept the responsibility of not managing their finances responsibly, although perhaps there is something to be said for the NHS reaching out to people with gambling addictions, perhaps with a message about contact details before or after the lotto draws and when the numbers are in the paper or on the news. I personally would only ever consider buying one or two tickets a week if I played it - one for Euromillions and one for the Lotto. As it stands the odds are astronomically small for winning either game, so I don't bother.

Online casinos are a far bigger problem when it comes to gambling addiction, though. Most people just have a punt on the lottery and nothing more.
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The Lottery & Euromillions are the only thing that get me out of bed in the morning.

If there was no chance that I could live the luxury lifestyle one day, I'd just give up on my crappy minimum wage job & kill myself.

So no, they shouldn't be banned, since they serve a purpose. Worst case scenario, the person spends 6/week on the lottery. That's about 1 hour of work, a small price to pay for the incentive to get up day after day.
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The Lottery & Euromillions are the only thing that get me out of bed in the morning.

If there was no chance that I could live the luxury lifestyle one day, I'd just give up on my crappy minimum wage job & kill myself.

So no, they shouldn't be banned, since they serve a purpose. Worst case scenario, the person spends 6/week on the lottery. That's about 1 hour of work, a small price to pay for the incentive to get up day after day.
The National Lottery represents all gambling. Furthermore, it's state sponsored and people are encouraged to take part. That is why is must be banned.

BTW, do you study at York? Which college? I have fond memories of that place.
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The National Lottery represents all gambling. Furthermore, it's state sponsored and people are encouraged to take part. That is why is must be banned.

BTW, do you study at York? Which college? I have fond memories of that place.
I failed my degree at YSJ. So I literally have nothing to hope for except a lottery win.

So **** you, you saying it should be banned is like saying alcohol should be banned. Good luck with that :rolleyes:
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If laws were taken from the Bible, we'd be stoning people for adultery and executing people for forgetting the sabbath day. Get a grip, this is the real world.
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Lotto is harmless - people pay a few quid for the chance of winning lots of money, knowing full well the odds are very slim, but personally, it provides me with an element of satisfaction knowing that it could be me, so it's NO big deal. All for less than the cost of a pint of lager. Plus money does go towards "good" causes.
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I just can't wait for those Thunderball results :mmm::sexface:
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Reading your threads makes me feel like gambling is a really, really good idea.

Specifically, Russian roulette.
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So if I win £10m sometime, you don't want any? As if you big liar.
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(Original post by Bakmouth)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...n-90p-bet.html

Why are such stories peddled as though they are good news?

The sad thing is that millions of people place bets, often hundreds times larger than the punter in this case, and lose. Their families are often left to pick up the pieces.

The Bible warns us to stay away from the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). Scripture also encourages us to stay away from attempts to 'get rich quick' (Proverbs 13:11; 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10).

I personally don't think that placing the odd bet is sinful - for example, buying a raffle ticket at a school fete. In these cases it's more about the gesture of making a donation to the organistaion which also has the added bonus of maybe winning something.

The National Lottery on the other hand feeds off the poor's desire to 'get rich quick'. Many see it as a quick fix for their problems. It totally sends out the wrong message - that success in life is a product of risk-taking, not hard work. I see people on a daily basis who have fallen foul of gambling addictions. In some ways it's much worse than drink or drugs as it involves a high level of deceit.

Do you think the National Lottery should be banned?
I'm assuming you would like all greek teachings of logic banned also?
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After reading that article I can't believe that the guy resigned from his job with just £2million


After buying a house for his parents and himself + that holiday to Canada whatever.... I don't think the money that is left is going to last him his whole life happily
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