Do you think lottery can make you rich? If you have observed in Ghana, the youth’s relish in the staking of lottery, renownedly called “lotto’’, is massive, surprising and alarming?
These days, “lotto” comes in various forms unlike some years ago when stakers would walk to lottery operators in kiosks and transact business, which most of the youth saw as embarrassing. Now, the youth no longer see it as disgraceful to stand in front of lotto kiosks again. In fact, they buy the various lottery papers and work out the possible winning numbers. There is a simultaneous participation in the traditional walk-to-kiosk-lottery as well as others that come in a form of sports games betting.
I am not too old, but when I was growing up, I thought it was the game of the aged. This is not to endorse it for the aged, because the effects it has on the youth, are the same with the old. However, at that time, I didn’t see the involvement of the youth so rampant as today. That time, even when you were sent by an elderly person to go and stake lottery, you are afraid your peers will see you and trend it in school you are a lottery staker. You dare not! Today, the youth careless, they are bold enough to ask which numbers were mentioned as winning numbers, compete in who can work out the “machine numbers” and who has won very often.
Talk of the sports games betting, the betting hall is the place some of the youth use as their slumber places. Why? The answer is, they are so keen on the betting, optimistic as well, that—no matter what, as they watch foreign matches and bet, wealth will be amassed through a betting victory.
I ask again: is this betting and all other forms of lottery really a means to get rich? For me, I think otherwise. It is only a means to take the small amount of money you have from your hands and rather contributes to fastly making you the poorest ever.
If a numeration of the richest people in Ghana would be conducted, or if asked to call out ten names of them, in your list, do you think any of them would be mentioned as a lottery millionaire other than the owners of the lottery companies? Start the count and let us see.
Why can’t some people be vigilant for once? If you want to be rich, lottery is not the way. It takes more from you than it gives. In many instances, it gives you nothing. You rather spend unthoughtfully. Is my tone harsh? I will prove you wrong; it’s not. What is the sense to stake lottery the whole of one’s lifetime when the person has not even bought a common bicycle and the person continues to stake even in old age? That is the devilish nature of lottery. It only does not take your income; it makes you addicted to it.
When you become addicted to lottery, even the money you have to use for your daily upkeep, you will spend on it, always you will give excuses of not having money each time you are depended on to provide money for a responsibility. It is surreal how lottery is sucking money from people who you cannot call average income earners, but they would not stop spending on lottery. That is the captivity lottery has held such people in. Lottery staking has squeezed monies out of an individual’s pocket and pulverized their finances to the extent that money for daily bread is a challenge. The solution is to stop staking lottery and feed yourself with that money allocated for “lotto”.
Staking “lotto” also wastes your time. It is so funny to see commercial drivers working “lotto” at the least of a time they get to relax, to the extent that after passengers are full on board for him (the driver) to take off, unless another fellow goes to draw his attention that it is time to go. Some drivers and working of lotto, I wonder why?
It is not only the drivers. It looks like lottery has a number of admirers. People who are in noble positions, ministries, etcetera, all are into lotto. Do you think any proper work can be done if you are at work and a lotto paper is by your side, waiting to work it out earnestly for “machine numbers”?
Some Ghanaian women are those who astonish me the most. I thought ladies are not into things that men dominate; nevertheless, these days, some of them lead the staking of “lotto”. Well, it is said that what men can do, women can do better .Are some of the Ghanaian women proving a point that they can match the men boot for boot when it comes to staking of lottery? It is a shame, I think, as influential and life-changing roles women play, for them to involve in such a lazy act. Women in “lotto” staking, be advised.
We say often that the nation belongs to the youth. Undoubtedly. I am sure you have also heard this: the future of our nation depends on agriculture. Good to know that you have heard all mentioned before.
I want to ask a simple question. With agriculture unattractive not only to the youth, but to the elderly as well, with focus shifted to winning of lottery of all kinds, and unequivocally, lottery not a dependable means for development, which the youth engages in, what then is the future of this nation?
I fear for parents whose wards are in the primary schools, junior and senior high schools because, for the majority of them, the money given to them for school is spent on sport betting. Those in the boarding house run out of school to go to town without permission from school authorities and gamble, all in the name of sports betting. Parents, be extra watchful over your wards.
As I bring this article to an end, I want to say: refrain from staking lotteries of all forms, and invest in something that has a definite return.