Real Lotteries – No More Than A Get Rich Quick Scam?

I have already written about several phony lotteries before – you know, those ones where you receive an email saying you’ve won when you haven’t even entered?

Such lottery scams are an attempt to con you by asking for advanced fees in order to release the so-called winnings.


My question today though is – are genuine lotteries as much a scam?

I would hope that most readers are aware of the fact that if something seems too good to be true, and offers you the opportunity to get rich quick, then it is probably a scam.

Why, therefore, do people insist on playing national and other lotteries?

Did you know that your chances of winning a lottery are far less than the likelihood of you being struck by lightning?

When purchasing a lottery ticket are you not hoping to become extremely wealthy, in a very short period of time, without doing any work?

Are you one of those people who hates the standard of living they have and so, by buying a lottery ticket, you are also in a way buying a dream?

Considering that there are reports suggesting that around 10% of the internet population has fallen for a scam online I can’t help but wonder how many of the remaining 90% are guilty of buying into the hopes of the lottery?

Personally, I believe that pyramid schemes are rightly illegal, and MLMs dubious.

Am I right to think that way?

Well, that’s a matter of opinion, but before you make assumptions about those engaged in multi level marketing and such like, perhaps you should consider that a large proportion of the world’s population invests into the hope of a better future every week.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. For a pound a week I get some hope and a slight feeling of euphoria, an adrenaline rush even. I’ll never win but the dream is satisfying.

    • I have a feeling that most people enjoy the prospect of winning even though it will almost certainly never happen.


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