Of all the games available in Ireland, the Lotto must be the one shared across all age groups, income groups and types of people.
It is a national institution - you're just not the Irish if you don't play it. Not that it's considered wise to spend a lot on it, but to have a bit of a flutter is a point of national pride. It's just one of those things you do on a weekly basis.
Now I don't know about you but I think we all have a bit of a secret love for the game too, partly because we really do belive that one day that jackpot will be ours. Partly because we also enjoy playing it - I mean, I know it's not a sport or anything but it feels like one sometimes. Especially to all of us with that extra guilty secret of thinking we have a winning system (like these). You know, that secret bit of number crunching we do in our Excel spreadsheet. It's a work in progress but it does seem to help sometimes, and one day when we perfect it - we shall rule the world :-)
I have been guilty of both this practice, and such thinking.
However, I more recently decided to start using other peoples brains instead of my own meagre one. After all, my maths education ended fairly early as I simply glazed over and stared into space for a few years when things got complicated stopped making sense. I bet a lot of you did too.
So I went looking for something better - and wouldn't you know it, the internet is full of it. By full of it, I think you know what I mean. There's some interesting and useful stuff out there, but far and away the most of it is pure rubbish of the worst kind. To cut a long (and expensive) story short though, I learnt that there are no miracles, no rich geniuses who have cracked the lottery or any such nonsense like that. Thankfully though, there are a few honest, sane, clever people out there and I ended up settling on a clever little system called Win Lotto Systems by a Professor Foster. I won't go into the ins and outs of it because other people have done a better job of that than I could anyway (see does Win Lotto Systems work?). The thing I like about it, apart from the lack of silly nonsense, is that the aim is to increase your small winnings while you bide your time for the big one. That suits me just fine. So look out Lotto, here I come, but I'm going to creep up on your and start off by claiming a steady stream of your little prizes before I sneak up and snag that big old whopper. Look out for my winners photo on the TV soon. I plan to dress up as a lucky leprechaun for the prize ceremony where they give me the big cardboard cheque.