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IVF Lottery Creates a Lotto Discussion

Last Updated: Sunday 24th July 2011, 01:21 am

Lottery DreamsNews this week that a £25,000 IVF treatment session is to be given away in a lottery, has the press in a spin. Should we be able to win a pregnancy? Has our modern world finally lost the plot? The IVF lottery has certainly created a lot of discussion on the subject, but is this really a modern problem? The question is whether society has gone lottery crazy and whether this is down to our regular lottery draws.

It’s easy to put all of society’s problems down to the increase in gambling figures but is this really the case? For the ancient Greeks, lotteries were a common way of electing key figures for parliament, maybe they should reinstate the idea, given the financial mess they are in right now.

Random lotteries are becoming a common way of resolving issues but are they really fair? School places in Brighton were given away last year using a postcode lottery and again the press went crazy. However, when you have more children than school places, maybe this random selection really is the fairest possible way.

Whether lotteries are ideal or not, there’s no doubting that they are here to stay, especially when you consider than they have been used for thousands of years. But it’s the fact that they have been used for so long that seems to make it so unfair to blame the modern lotteries of today for these issues. Of course the press will always latch on to a story, but the fact doesn’t change that most of us buy lottery tickets every week. If you bought lottery tickets for either the Euromillions or UK Lotto draw this weekend, then do check the lottery results and you may not need to enter any kind of postcode lottery!

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