National Lottery Proving Unsatisfactory to Punters
By Andrew B
Lottery players are proving to be sore losers – just 22% of people claim to be happy with the game.

A survey found that 66% of respondents in a YouGov survey were dissatisfied with the chances of winning, 85% want better prizes for matching fewer numbers and 67% want more of the cash to go to charities.

Just months before a review of the National Lottery's charter in April, the YouGov poll illustrates a general disapproval of many of the Lottery’s activities, including their distribution of charity funding. For instance, after recent revelations that the Lottery had provided funding for a program to fatten guinea pigs to feed the people of Peru, it's no wonder that 8 in 10 (79%) of people would prefer their money to be donated to a charity of their choice.

Shirley Galligan, from the wildlife charity Born Free, said, ‘The National Lottery has provided much-needed funds for many worthy causes. However, some charitable objectives, such as animal welfare and conservation have received less support as they do not qualify for lottery funding. It would be incredibly helpful if unrestricted funds could be made available to meet the most immediate and urgent needs of a wider range of charities.’

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