When the cuts bite...

Dick Puddlecote recently gave us this little piece about the tax sponging public health industry trying to squeeze more tax out of the smoker. I covered it myself here.

Another good place the health puritans can get their ill gotten gains is the national lottery, which makes me wonder if this has anything to do with cuts to fake charity funding:

THE National Lottery has been accused of "trying to cash in on misery" as it was revealed ticket prices are to double to £2 from this autumn.

I'm not sure 'cashing in on misery' is the right accusation. Lottery tickets come out of peoples entertainment allowance, they're not compulsory and they are not going to make you a substantial amount of money.

I do wonder at the motivation for the increase though. Camelot are not selling a product or service that has increased in price over the years, except for maybe wage costs, so why double the price of a ticket. If prizes are averaging ten to thirty million at a time, that should be plenty. Where is the extra money going to go?

To 'good causes'. Now I know the National Lottery does generate an awful lot of money for very good causes and charities. As a rule though, these charities can rely on public donations for the very reason that they are a good cause. They don't rely on tax money so are not likely to be suffering from austerity.

Those that will be suffering are the plethora of sock puppet bollocks that the lottery also gives money to. A very quick search revealed 67 separate grants, averaging 140k, for various Five-a-Day schemes, all going to Primary Care Trusts.

Another revealed 257 grants in the region of one million pounds for 'Healthy Living Centres', again to mainly PCTs and local Government.

Is the extra quid going on the price of a ticket so this rubbish can continue?

At least with the lottery we have a choice. My advice would be to not bother. You're not going to win a fortune anyway.

Statistically you're more likely to be hit by lightn.....*BLAM!*



Macheath said...

This has provided much amusement in the form of widely-reported outraged facebook messages ;
"A tax on the poor"
is one of my favourites, closely followed by
"...have you not heard the word recession and people losing their jobs left right and centre hang your heads in shame CAMELOT"
not to mention this somewhat defeatist attitude:
"The lotto is now becoming a game for the rich .... Us poor ppl will never have a chance of bettering ourselves now"
as if winning the lottery were the only possible source of social mobility.

Many of these, however, state that they will not play the lottery with the new prices; it's one of those interesting questions - will the increased income exceed the revenue lost from regular players who stop buying?

Unless Camelot are confident that it will, this looks like something of a gamble.

BTW, does Camelot pay the BBC for the prime-time coverage? If so, and contracts run for ten years at a time, the current one will run out at the end of next year; perhaps this is something to do with re-negotiating terms.

Bucko The Moose said...

Macheath - Those are some fantastic comments. What must these people be thinking when they write that stuff.
If a person thinks winning the lottery is the only way they will ever get money then there is no hope for them.

This could well result in less people playing the lottery, however, judging by those comments, some people must think that they have to regardless, otherwise they will never have any money.

Twisted logic

Zaphod said...

I read somewhere, and if it's not true I don't care, that your chances of getting struck by lightning in the next 45 minutes are better than those of winning the jackpot.

It follows that one should buy the ticket no more than 45 minutes before the draw. :-)

Bucko The Moose said...

Zaphod - Knowing my luck I would do that and then...

"YES!! I've won the jacjp..BLAM!