LETTER: Instant thrills hold no fears

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From Mr M. Spiers

Sir: Would not the National Lottery be much improved if the organisers were obliged by law to display notices, prominently in all outlets, setting out the odds against one ticket winning the various prizes?

Should they argue that this is not possible, since the amount gambled is not known until just before the draw, such displayed odds could be based on month-old prize draws. Such a system would be equivalent to a government health warning. All punters would then be free to indulge their pleasure in the full knowledge of their chances of actually winning.

Yours sincerely,

M. SPIERS

Keighley, Yorkshire

20 April

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