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Curse of the lottery

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#16 SnailHeretic



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Posted 19 March 2010 - 04:02 PM

I don't think there's any sort of curse. However, I do see it as a possibility that more people who win the lottery have problems than not - because I would say that as the lottery is a kind of gamble, the people who are playing week after week (and thus more likely to win than casual, for-fun players) may be people who are generally less wise with money or have less self-control than others. So, basically, I would expect there to be a tendency for lottery winners to be predisposed to having monetary problems, and that may be why there appears to be a curse. (Of course, I'm not saying that everybody who plays or wins the lottery manages their money badly - please don't think that! =) )

And, of course, people want to hear more about lottery winners failing extravagantly than about them managing their money well and living comfortably - so which do you think the news will report more often? ;D

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