There is a lot of stuff and nonsense about online – we all know that.
One of the areas I see it most is because I’m a pretty big fan of the lottery. If you’ve spent any time at all browsing for hints and tips on playing the lottery… man, I’m sure you’ve seen some total garbage.
The thing that gets me most of all is how gullible some people seem to want to be. Sometimes they want to believe so badly that they are willing to swallow down whatever junk is thrown at them.
Just look at some of these lottery systems – I mean honestly, you don’t even need to read between the lines to know they are making it up as they go along, and are more interested in banking your money than helping you out.
Even some of the more respectable charlatans resort to such tricks as borrowing winners photos from newspapers and the official lottery companies websites, and then plastering them all over the sales page for their ‘wonder prediction software’. No, of course those winners didn’t use the software, but hey, we didn’t claim they did either… we just let you draw that conclusion by including the images… and sometimes even stating this in the small print as if that is some kind of legal protection against outright lies.
But then there’s the basic premise itself. Predicting the lottery. Seriously?
I mean, there are seriously intelligent engineers, mathematicians and scientists with access to significant resources and incredibly powerful supercomputers who aren’t using them to predict the lottery. I wonder why that could be..!
Could it be because Dave who paid someone $50 to write some code that picks ‘hot numbers’ doesn’t really know better than Prof. Freakin Genius and his Cray XC30.
Could it really be that Dave is only interested in how many $50 he can collect from mug punters who “just believe”.
Now there are a few, OK, maybe a couple of characters online who will tell you the truth. One of which gives his lottery tips away for free. You won’t be anywhere near as ‘impressed’ or excited but you’ll get told the truth for once instead. That’s worth a whole lot more than paying $50 to be lied to or sold a bunch of horse manure because the author is wants to “believe” just as badly but is actually a total incompetent.
Then there are the ‘experts’ who don’t plain lie but instead choose to use distorted truths to sell their products. Along the lines of, here’s a list of people who have won using our system… list of 10 excited “I won $10 in the very first week” type people… therefore it works. However – where are the real figures – did only 10 people buy it? How many people didn’t it work for? Therein lies the real truth, the one they aren’t telling you. The fact that the other 99.999% (god knows how many of these things they sell) of their customers are still waiting for it ‘to work’!
Don’t believe the hype friends. There are some sensible measures you can take, and there are some useful bits of software and whatnot for keen lottery players. But don’t assume just because it’s being sold online that somebody somewhere has legally approved anything – because anybody can sell any old junk online these days and get away with it. They just need enough gullible people to want to buy it that’s all.
One of the things I like to do is take stuff apart (of course). Sometimes with the intention of fixing it, others just to see how it works.
I can even put them back together and they normally work too – which is nice.
When I’m not dismantling things to see how they tick, I do have another interest that continues to fascinate me which hopefully one day will help fund a lot more of the taking things apart. Which is playing the lottery. Which if/when I win the jackpot one day will eradicate forever those big swearing moments when the taking apart things results in a shiny new techno-brick.
My personal favourite games are the big UK ones – meaning EuroMillions and UK Lotto. Although technically EuroMillions is multi-country (half of Europe plays – hence the big jackpots!).
Recently however I’ve switched my thinking on playing these. I used to just buy the odd ticket, now however, I play in a EuroMillions lottery syndicate. Simply because it means my chances of winning are soooo much better than just buying odd tickets.
The more observant of you will be shouting – yeah, but you have to share the winnings fool… to which I say (and so do LotterySyndicateReviews.co.uk) – who cares! So far I’ve got to keep all of ‘pretty much nothing’ by buying tickets alone. Now I get a vastly better chance of sharing a big win. All of which makes a lot of sense to me.
If you want to give it a try too, read more about the EuroMillions syndicates here and here. You can play other lottery games in a syndicate type group too, but it was the big jackpots that swayed my decision. If I’m going to share, I still want to win big.
Do you guys play the lottery too? Apparently most of the planet has played or plays regularly, so I’m clearly not alone it seems!
There’s even a song about it “they’re football crazy, they’re football mad”…
And it’s true. Real, dedicated football fans are so crazy mad dedicated to the game that they live and breathe it. They follow their team all over the country, or even follow their national team all over the world.
Now I love a good game. And the World Cup, well, that’s great entertainment.
But I draw the line at spending every last coin to my name on travelling to matches to get a terrible view of the action.
Because that’s the problem with watching most live sports, you can’t really see what’s going on. Oh sure, they sometimes put up replays on a giant video screen, but I can enjoy really watching a game far more from an armchair on my own big screen with unrestricted views.
Of course the atmosphere is different being at the game, there’s a real buzz in the air, not to mention the singing/chanting. But for a casual fan of the game like me, I’d rather set my own atmosphere – be it a quiet game at home or a lively game with friends in a bar.
Guess I’m just not football crazy then.