Five Fun Examples of Different Lotteries
For many of us, the term “lottery” immediately calls to mind big numbers. Every week we see the evidence of this with those tempting six-figure jackpots, winners’ stories splashed on the front pages of the tabloids, big smiles and happy ever after endings! However, a variety of different lotteries exist in which we can all take part, such as:
• Regular traditional tickets or internet lottery.
• Local, community lotteries, enabling us to help with good causes.
Apart from the regular weekly lotteries, we can enjoy different lotteries, including:
• Reading dark fictional lottery themed tales.
• Entering online luxury prize lotteries.
• Concert or event ticket lotteries.
A Darker Side to Different Lotteries Represented in Fictional Tales
Lotteries have played an exciting and controversial role in dark fiction. In the literary classic, aptly entitled The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson, the story revolves around an annual lottery, where a whole village gathers to take part.
The opening scenes involve ordinary people, a pleasant-sounding location; with an escalating moody atmosphere as the lottery draw approaches. This lottery is, in fact, a dark, annual ritual where the successfully drawn ticket represents an unlucky “winner” destined to die.
One of the main characters and a supporter of the barbaric ritual is Old Man Warner. He sums up perfectly what he feels when he states; “there’s always been a lottery” — a justification for the horror that unfolds in the final chapter of this haunting tale.
The similar themed Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, one quote sums up the lottery theme here: “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour.” A particularly cruel quotation when the players from the 12th District realise that the odds heavily outweigh them!
Nevertheless, these two popular novels cleverly imitate and captivate the excitement, suspense and anticipation leading up to our actual (regular) lottery announcements.
Different Lotteries Offering Favourable Odds of Winning Luxury Prizes
Other eye-catching different lotteries with exciting prizes include “dream house” or “luxury car” lotteries. Such lotteries offer the incentive of a stunning mansion-style home, a luxury car, or an amazing vacation.
The phenomenon has seen a rise in specialist “luxury prize” websites offering prizes ranging from luxury homes to a Caribbean style holiday. Often the odds of winning a luxury prize are higher than national lottery odds due to the lower number of tickets on sale. Although exceptionally improved chances may result in top-end ticket prices.
It is essential that the organisers of such lotteries ensure their lottery is a legal one, complying with regional gambling laws and regulations. Likewise, ticket holders should check the small print for unforeseen expensive costs, such as conveyancing fees, land registry, or VAT costs.
For popular events and concerts, lottery sales are an attractive and alternative method to obtain event tickets. Especially so when tickets for a particular event are in high demand and fly rapidly off the shelf.
It is crucial to ensure that the lottery organisers are authorised event planners, for example, the official event organiser or an official fan club. A lottery win for event tickets may even result in seats in a prime location such as the front row or VIP area.
Traditional and Online Lotteries with Cash Prizes
Of course, many people still prefer the traditional much-loved lottery game, played online or in-store at the local retailer. Nothing quite beats the excitement of that weekly draw and a chance to win cash prizes and roll over jackpots. The simplicity of buying tickets, checking results, and receiving pay-outs is a lottery activity we can all enjoy. Nearly 70% of British adults, more than 32 million people, play lottery on a regular basis, which attest to the game’s immense popularity.
In history, lotteries have served as vital fundraising methods for many projects. Similarly today, health and wellness charities benefit greatly from funds raised by lotteries, and many of these charities would not be able to accomplish nearly so much were it not for charitable lotteries.
We derive fun from the lottery, whether it is reading fiction, supporting good causes, or the joy of taking part and the anticipation of holding that winning ticket. Whether it’s fantasizing about the big win, shivering over a dark dystopia, or basking in the warmth of supporting charity, lotteries can inspire so many emotions!