Just played the new Monday lottery.
The idea that it's fairer goes rather out of the window when you discover you have to gamble 5 quid to win up to a million. But more than that, you have to choose to play five lines all the same in order to win a million.
Each week there are two draws.
Draw 1 could win you up to 100,000 pounds.
Draw 2 could win you up to 200,000 pounds.
You can choose to play 5 lines, each line goes to a different charity. So that means you can pick and choose who you donate to this week - the charities are different each week with 70 in circulation (Born Free Foundation, RNID, Shelter and two that I've forgotten this week)
So if you play a pound for each charity (5 x 1 pound = 5 pounds) and then choose the same numbers in each of those 5 lines then in draw 2 you could win 5 x 200,0000 = 1 million quid.
There are lesser prizes for 5, 4 and 3 just like the regular old Lottery.
If you don't win a penny though, you are put into the losers draw where you could win 500 quid a month for a year!
So, basically, if you spend one quid you could win up to 200,000 quid. No more than that. Interestingly though I did find myself wondering whether I wanted to play all five because they weren't my favourite charities. I can imagine other people picking and choosing how much they play based on the chosen charities in a given week. So being able to choose who you donate to in this way is kinda nice.
I'll tell you how I get on tomorrow. I know it's crap and yes I know it's a tax on the stupid.
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