Yesterday, Friday 8th October 2010 it was an estimated £112million jackpot on the Euromillions. This was very good for business, but my work ethic clashed with my beliefs for the whole 7 hours I had to work on the tills that day. This is because I don't 'believe' in the lottery. This has a lot to do with the attitude my parents always had towards it. In my opinion it is a waste of money, spending money on random numbers hoping that they then match with some other random numbers and pay for you to do nothing for the rest of your life! I mean, seriously, £112,000,000... can you even IMAGINE what that kind of money LOOKS like?
I have two points to make about this, both of which I came upon while on the tills serving about 90% of my customers Euromillions tickets.
Firstly, isn't it quite a positive-minded person's habit? I mean, the people who don't buy tickets will usually say "Oh no, I'll never win that... it's stupid." whereas, the lottery purchasers are basically saying "Oh, go on then, it can't hurt!" It made me feel a little better about the idea, encouraging positivity. Of course, the positive feeling was significantly decreased when my boyfriend hadn't won anything and he discovered there was only one winning ticket winning what was calculated as £113million!
Secondly, there is a positive point for the non-lottery people... a quote from a customer; "Nah, I don't need that much money... money's not what I need." How cute!