Some people assume that EuroMillions and other lottery games are of little benefit to anyone except the eventual winners and the organisations that are responsible for running them. Whilst that view might appear plausible to those who have never played EuroMillions, regular players know that it is far from accurate, and that when you look at the game in more detail it becomes very clear that EuroMillions benefits everyone. That really does mean everyone, and not just the people who choose to play the game or those who are legally old enough to play if they wanted to, as we will now explain…
The money that is raised from the sale of EuroMillions tickets is not simply divided between the EuroMillions prize fund and the organisations that are responsible for running the game in each participating nation. A substantial percentage of the money raised (for example 28% in the UK) also goes to a variety of good causes, and it is this ‘good cause’ money that benefits society at large and therefore everyone who belongs to the population of that society.
How the ‘good cause’ money is spent in each country varies according to the needs of those countries, but speaking in general terms it is most commonly used to fund projects that have educational, cultural, ecological and/or social value. For example, money raised through the sale of EuroMillions lottery tickets might be used to set up youth programmes, restore sites of cultural significance or encourage participation in certain sporting activities, to name just a few of the possibilities.
Some critics of lottery games in general have argued that funding such projects is the sole responsibility of governments, and that using lottery funds for socially beneficial purposes makes lottery participation a kind of additional – albeit voluntary – taxation. The argument is that, if lottery games like EuroMillions didn’t fund such worthy projects, governments would be forced to do the job themselves. Of course, the very easy response to such an argument is that governments have always had the opportunity to fund their own socially beneficial projects, and that the existence of lottery games like EuroMillions is certainly not stopping them from funding any of their own projects in the future.
Such political arguments about the role of lottery games have been around since lotteries began, so they will undoubtedly continue for many more years to come. The good news is that the arguments won’t change the basic fact that EuroMillions benefits everyone, players and non-players alike. If you play EuroMillions online then not only are you giving yourself a chance of becoming the next jackpot-winning Euromillionaire, you are also be helping to make life better for everyone at the same time. If that doesn’t make EuroMillions an incredibly worthwhile game then we don’t know what will!
18th June 2012