Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Yet again this week, we see the worst excesses of the Lottery, with a single person winning pounds 14m. It is a tax on the poor which creates multi-millionaires.

The jackpot of pounds 14m also represents the odds of winning it with a pounds 1 ticket. Radio advertisements for financial services are followed by lengthy explanations as to the dangers and risks incurred in pursuing such investments. Pray tell me why the Lottery does not come with similar warnings about the hopeless odds involved.

BARRY SPRULES

Old Oxted, Surrey

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