Greed and Fear

Why on earth should we buy lottery tickets? Some argue that buying a ticket for the National Lottery or the Euromillions allows one to believe that although the chances of winning tend towards zero that portion of our stake devoted to good causes is going to a variety of good homes and we can forget about the rest. And if we won, of course we would give a tidy whack to the charities of our choice. By contrast, others feel that the national, international, even global addiction to gambling is bad enough already it needs no feeding frenzy driven by the illusory chances of wealth beyond imagining. Read more ...