Do you do the national lottery? We did it for its first year but stopped after that, having not won anything. We have just worked out that not doing it, has saved us £1168.
Okay, you could argue that we might, in all that time, have won something but prefer the money in our rather than their pocket. We know quite a few people who do it every week, who still haven't won, except for the odd free play, then they didn't win anything from that. One or two have won the odd £10 once or twice!
We are often amazed to see people, often far older than us, hand over at least £10 to buy tickets, we have even seen one person hand over £25. As we don't know if they have ever won, it is difficult to predict but if you had played the lottery since its inception, at £10 every week, you may well have forked out £11,680 and that is just once a week until 3rd October 2013 when each ticket went up to £2.
If you stuck at the same £10 spent from there, the total will be what is written above. If however, you felt you needed to then spend £20 every week, to buy the same amount of 'tickets', another £2,360 would have been spent, bringing the grand total to £14,040. Such a sum doesn't include those who buy the scratch cards, or even take part in the Health Lottery.
So then, have you ever won? Do you still play?
On a similar theme, on the odd occasion we find ourselves in M & S food market, looking for something we need that only they produce, have you noticed how many people in there are pensioners?
Are they on private pensions? The mind boggles!
Back on the lottery, here is a link to where the money goes.