I carried on with the same numbers and years later I still haven’t won more than £48 since the £1900
FWIW I can afford the weekly layout
Technically it isn't a tax (rather a social security contribution), although it behaves a lot like one, which is why it could be considered a not very stealthy tax. But that was just an example we can ignore that example and move on, others claim Student Loan repayments are a 'stealth tax', which I disagree with too but consider to have more merit than classing gambling as a stealth tax.How can NIC be a stealth tax when it's an official tax?
I did the same numbers every week, (my D.O.B. and my wife’s), until the Wednesday draw was introduced, then did those numbers twice per week, around 3 years later I won £1900, was I doing it wrong?
I carried on with the same numbers and years later I still haven’t won more than £48 since the £1900, now that I know that it’s a scam, should I stop?
FWIW I can afford the weekly layout.
That is not the point, they just give out little nuggets from their gold mine to encourage others to play lol.
There is no right or wrong way to play it since its just dumb luck.
I know loads of people who have been spending £5 - £10 a week since the lottery began and they never won more than £10.
I'd be interested to know, can you do some quick maths on how much you've spent on it over the years?
I think this is the difference. I sometimes refer to it as 'stupidity tax'. I'm sure there are plenty of people that really shouldn't be putting money towards this each week. Is it something like for £1 you have a 1 in 60 chance of winning a tenner? Those are some pretty terrible odds. At the same time, you've got to be in it to win it! So, if you can spare the cash, yeah, why not a pound or two a week for even the slightest chance of winning millions.
It simply isn't a tax though. A tax is (to paraphrase various similar definitions) a mandatory levy imposed by the government. The lottery (and other gambling) isn't mandatory and hence cannot be a tax.