22 September 2003

Fear that superstitious will be vulnerable in lottery daily draw

The Methodist Church has long been concerned about the impact of National Lottery games upon children and vulnerable people, and has been pleased to see the strict regulations that have been put in place to protect these groups from harm.

But as the National Lottery Daily Draw is launched today, a senior Methodist spokesperson warns that an opportunity to win on six days a week increases opportunities for gambling - and more worryingly it may play on people's superstitions about "lucky" numbers.

Ms Rachel Lampard, Methodist Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs said: "Players of the Saturday Lotto draws often play the same set of numbers each time. Camelot could have decided to introduce a different game for each day of the week with a different matrix of numbers for every day. The introduction of a Daily Draw using the same format means that some people may feel that they have to play every day in order not to miss out on winning if "their" numbers come up.

"Camelot will need to carry out early and frequent research into the changes in the patterns of play in the Daily Draw to ensure that this new game does not result in people feeling pressured to play more frequently and therefore losing larger amounts of money."

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