(A lot of) money isn’t everything

Kate Livingstone
Kate Livingstone

I can’t count the number of times I have discussed, with friends or with colleagues, what I would do if I won a million pounds.

Winning the lottery is generally a subject that can get anyone talking, even if they only want to stick their nose in the air and piously say, “Money isn’t everything”.

For the avoidance of doubt, I would like to be a winner.

I wouldn’t want to win a lot - especially something obscene like £50 million.

I would prefer to win “my amount”; the figure I have calculated that would, I reckon, make life fun, comfortable and secure.

It’s actually quite modest, I think, it’s not even seven figures.

Despite this, I’m not what you call a big lottery player.

I do sometimes buy a ticket, normally when my Visa card statement hits the doormat, but it’s not a habit.

I think I was also not alone at refusing to buy a ticket when Camelot boosted its price for a ticket from £1 to £2.

A tax on the poor, some said, and I suppose you can’t argue.

Now, Camelot has not changed the price, but it is playing with the numbers.

The wealth bosses have decided to add 10 extra balls into the spinning machine twice a week, meaning the top number will now be 59.

I read that your changes of winning the jackpot have now plummetted from one in 14 million to one in 45 million.

I’m now forced to agree with my pal, money man Martin Lewis, who firmly believes that ‘It won’t be you!’.

But it seems that many of us are still so obsessed with being rich, that we will play on despite the escalating odds.

Indeed it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t have the National Lottery - but actually it’s only 21 years.

What would we have done two decades ago with that £2, I wonder, before the temptation of spending it to win a life without work or worry.

As far as I’m concerned, my life will be pretty average as far as my finances are concerned.

I’ll never win “my amount”, never have a completely cleared credit card and may never dine at Sublimotion.

But hopefully we can be grateful for the free things in life - family, friends, and signing an online petition against Camelot changes.