The National Lottery: what do you think of it?

The National Lottery is celebrating its 15th birthday today.

There were many controversies in the run up to its launch. Would it encourage gambling and result in more problems of gambling addiction? Would it be a welcome source of funds for good causes or would it provide an excuse for government to cut its funding? Would the profits for the operators dwarf the money given to good causes? Would it be a welcome new source of revenue for local shops? And so on.

So, fifteen years on: what do you think?

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  • @ Tom Papworth – The National Lottery is run by a commercial company, which is chosen after a competitive tender process every seven to ten years.

    The people who run the competition to choose the operator are the National Lottery Commission and they publish how much goes to the good causes quarterly on their website: http://www.natlotcomm.gov.uk/CLIENT/content.ASP?ContentId=234

  • The lottery is a voluntary stupid tax. Liberals shouldnt be in the game of stopping people from wasting their money. If people want to waste their money that’s up to them.

  • One thing I do really object to is the Lottery good causes money being spent on things that hould be coming out of taxation

  • I would like to see the national lottery abolished for many reasons, but mainly because governments should not encourage people on a massive scale to gamble, i find it quite disgraceful how the company operating the national lottery has permeated it’s way into peoples daily lives with government backing.I could go on for ever but that’ll do for now.

  • Hasn’t the lottery substantially changed from what was envisaged as regards what constitutes “good causes”. Now the money is used for more “core” areas of government spending than the arts/leisure stuff it originally funded. Certainly I see a lot of cricket pavilions with lottery plaques from 1996-2000 but fewer in recent times. It was the subject of one of the few public statements of John Major since 1997 (and he was unusually bitter about it I thought)

  • Maybe I am being silly and deluded here but I really miss the old National Lottery theme tune, it was catchy not like the new one. I actually think it is money better spent on a lottery ticket than on a packet of cigarettes, many poor people smoke and that is more crazy than spending the money on a ticket that may change your life. A Price of 20 Marlboro at my local shop costs over £6.00! Plus you are paying to make yourself ill and it is fire hazard, but if people want to smoke ok trouble is passing smoking happens to be dangerous. With the Lottery as long as you dont get into any money troubles playing it is ok. I do think though that the money raised gets wasted.

  • sardar saed 30th Apr '12 - 1:43am

    In my vieow I have big problem with national lottery and I care for peolpe who are lives with government and thire spend 20 pounds a week

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