Cooking the golden egg-laying goose
Have you fallen out of love with the National Lottery? I haven't, but it is getting close.
Recent figures suggest the amount of money spent on lottery tickets has dropped by around 10%.
Why? I doubt very much it is because people have stopped dreaming, but I do believe that the new prices and the increased number of numbers in the draw have made life unnecessarily complicated for the average man in the street.
The jackpots, when they are won which is nothing like every week as it used to be, are bewildering amounts of money.
In fact they are too much money unless you are playing in a large syndicate.
Does anyone really need to win £20m?
Most people think it would be great to get their hands on so much money. But what would they do with it?
Is £1m not enough? Should there just be a guaranteed, fixed prize of that amount every week? Should the “lesser” prizes not be made more attractive?
A few weeks ago the multi-rollover prize was well in excess of £20m. No one won it, but several people had five and the bonus ball. Their reward? Just over £50,000. Several people had five numbers. Their reward? About £1,200. Do those figures not seem warped, out of proportion?
Don’t get me wrong, £50,000 would get rid of my mortgage, which would be nice, and I could find plenty to do with £1,200, if only to get away from this horrible weather for a while.
But the price of the tickets, the number of balls to chose from and the reduced odds of winning mean that the proposed restructure – let’s just go back to how we were – is overdue.
Since the restructure came in I have won nothing other than Lucky Dip tickets. With them I have won more Lucky Dips but I haven’t got my hands on a single penny of the promised lucre.
Someone in Lottery HQ knows they have me over a barrel. I have had one line in every draw since it started, and daren’t stop playing it.
But if things don’t change soon, they could be cooking the golden-egg laying goose.