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    I'm not against gambling, but it just seems strange that it's the government encouraging us to do it. They should be saying "hey, be careful, but if you're gonna do it then we'll take...I dunno, 50% of the money in taxes" << like they do with cigarettes. They should be encouraging people to be sensible.
    But instead, they're completely encouraging us... "hey, do it, gamble, because if you don't, we're not going to run the Olympics, we won't provide sports halls, we won't help charities".
    So, they're essentially relying on the desperate (and that's often who it is who plays this - people who want to win millions who fritter away the small money they have on a tiny chance that they win something), to provide them money... or they'll just shut down our sports halls, the royal opera house and Olympics?

    That seems a bit **** tbh.
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    Read 1984.
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    (Original post by DayneD89)
    Read 1984.

    I have.
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    It's only £1 a week, and it's optional.
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    (Original post by RightSaidJames)
    It's only £1 a week, and it's optional.
    It can be £1, £2, £3, £500 etc... and yeah it's optional, but it seems to be aimed at the desperate.
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    yeah i suppose since the government have took control of everything else in our lives then they should finish off by telling us how to spend £1 a week.

    In all seriousness the government have stupid policies over gambling. It should be someones free choice whether they gamble or not and the government shouldn't stand over us making sure we don't spend too much.

    Another of Gordon Browns failures was getting rid of the super casino in manchester. that would have created hundreds of jobs and pu millions of pounds into the economy., but no the government has to think it needs to care over us because we'llall become homeless gambling addicts if a casino is built.
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    I agree with Ben Elton it should be renamed prole tax.

    Having a punt at a pound a week I suppose is harmless. It's those people who buy 10 numbers and 10 scratch cards I think are stupid. Plus I have to stand in a queue behind them while they fanny about with the machine, that sucks hard earned money into some bottomless pit, and it is bloody annoying.
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    (Original post by Bubbles*de*Milo)
    I'm not against gambling, but it just seems strange that it's the government encouraging us to do it. They should be saying "hey, be careful, but if you're gonna do it then we'll take...I dunno, 50% of the money in taxes" << like they do with cigarettes. They should be encouraging people to be sensible.
    I agree that it wouldn't hurt the government to take a slightly more active role in encouraging people to be sensible with gambling, but what you have to remember is that the majority of players are sensible with the Lottery. There is a stealth tax on the tickets, but the reality is that the government have little to no role in promoting the games, that role resting with the Camelot Group. Besides, the comparison with duty on cigarettes isn't a hugely good one here. That tax does (in theory, at least) help to cover the NHS cost of treating smoking-related health problems and differs in that it is added on, not subtracted from the ordinary value. Lottery tickets have always cost £1 in my lifetime, whereas figures become stranger and stranger as a pouch of Golden Virginia retails with several pennies tacked on the end of its tag.

    (Original post by DayneD89)
    Read 1984.
    Which is a very good point, and the Lottery does serve as a kind of deluded motivation for a lot of people on low income. This is a reason why I completely disagree that the government are promoting the lottery to the extent described above, as an enormous number of players have no knowledge of how their £1 is distributed aside from in the jackpot.
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    The lotto is brilliant. In exchange for a quid, I have a probability of winning big bucks greater than zero. Some revenue is distributed to good causes. Everyone's a winner.
 
 
 
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