Lottery - has anybody actually won any significant amounts?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
Being the end of the year and having bought my lottery tickets for tonight I was wondering has anyone ever won anything significant on the lottery - irish or national?

I buy about £15 of tickets a month on the national lottery and have won £20 over the year!! Should I still hold the faith, has anyone actually won? I know one person who won 35k on the irish lotto but even that was 6 years ago!!

I've promised my dog a lake if I win!!! Happy new year to all! :beer: :beer:
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  • ballyblackballyblack Forumite
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    "A lottery," wrote Political Economist Sir William Petty in the 17th century, "is properly a tax upon unfortunate fools".

    Sorry!!!!
  • Old_GitOld_Git Forumite
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    I never do the lottery so defo wont win .
    However I think premium bonds are a better option so you can always get your money back
    "Do not regret growing older, it's a privilege denied to many"
  • My dad won £5K on the british and £450 on the one and only time he did the Irish.
  • ballyblackballyblack Forumite
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    I think premium bonds are a better option so you can always get your money back

    you get your money back, but its worth less because of inflation

    the odds of winning on premium bonds is about the same as the lottery

    almost NIL

    Yet another "tax on fools"
  • I don't play the lottery regularly, but I did win just under £3,500 a few years ago. Not a huge amount, but very nice to just come out of nowhere! :)
    Egg Loan - [strike]£4921.84[/strike] £0!! :j Barclaycard - £3866.47 Legal + Trade - [strike]£2700.96[/strike] £0!! :j Triton - [strike]£1730.89[/strike] £0!! :j Next - [STRIKE]£776.15[/STRIKE] £126.88 Littlewoods - [strike]£217.16[/strike] £0!! :j Housemate - [strike]£1300[/strike] £0!! :j Capital One - [STRIKE]£1652.51[/STRIKE] £1,081.58 Vanquis - [strike]£2337.75[/strike] £375.58
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  • RolandtheroadieRolandtheroadie Forumite
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    Not so much a tax on fools as a gamble. As long as your quite happy to lose (or devalue) your cash, good luck to you.
  • Well two of the posters won good money so thats always good to hear. i dont take it seriously but as i don't have any other vice except tatyo crisps and a warm fire i don't really mind "devaluing" my cash.

    i thought premium bonds were rubbish now?

    now i have to figure stick to one set of numbers or lucky dip it? congrats to those who won i hope it was put to good use!!
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  • Does anyone still do the pools?
    I remember my mum winning just over £11500 23 years ago - the win came at a time when we really needed it!
    :)SW Convert - started 20/09/09 -3 Stone to lose!! :eek:
    So far lost 11 1/2lbs :j
  • GirlzmumGirlzmum Forumite
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    I buy tickets once in a blue moon and have never won a penny!
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  • wacko911wacko911 Forumite
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    Well with my crude mental calculation at 1:14000000 chance of winning the jackpot and 180 enteries per year that only about 75,000 years and you 'should' win! Yeah!

    Would you spend 180 quid at a casino every year?

    The house take 0.5% on blackjack ie it pays out 99.5% - for every 100 quid gambled they pay out £99.50 (well its less than this cus ppl get drunk and dont play a perfect game)

    I think roulette is the biggest earner (percentage wise) and it pays out 70%

    The national loosery pays out 50% - what a joke

    Anyhow ppl will still play cus it could be you (yeah right) and "someone has to win it" attitudes, oh and that warm fuzzy felling thinking you might not be in the same dead end sh£$hole of job come wed/sat night.

    I suppose selling people dreams for a £1 aint that bad really.
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