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Norwegian lottery ‘dupes’ betters. Amongst record ticket sales, a psychiatrist slams Norway’s national lottery for dangling a golden carrot. Norway’s largest betting company, Norsk Tipping, spoke of their delight as they announced an 80% turnover in advance of tonight’s Viking Lotto. The lottery’s communications manager, Magne Vikøren, said over two million people have bought lottery tickets hoping to claim the record winning jackpot of over 110 million kroner. Norsk Tipping has paid out over 2.6 billion kroner in its 18-year history.

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Norwegian lottery ‘dupes’ betters

Published on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2011 at 09:56 under the news category, by John Price   .

Amongst record ticket sales, a psychiatrist slams Norway’s national lottery for dangling a golden carrot.

Lottery balls (illustration photo)
Lottery balls (illustration photo)
Photo: Askham Design/IStockphoto


Norway’s largest betting company, Norsk Tipping, spoke of their delight as they announced an 80% turnover in advance of tonight’s Viking Lotto.

The lottery’s communications manager, Magne Vikøren, said over two million people have bought lottery tickets hoping to claim the record winning jackpot of over 110 million kroner. Norsk Tipping has paid out over 2.6 billion kroner in its 18-year history.

However, the chances of winning are 1 in 12,200,000. To be in with a winning chance, therefore, punters will have to place a maximum bet every week for 9,600 years.

Psychiatrist Hans Olav Fekjær condemns their success. He suggests the public has been brainwashed.

“Viking Lotto is pure speculation where people are blinded by the big prize. Her glemmer man all logikk, og skjønner ikke hvor mange som må tape for at man selv skal kunne vinne, sukker Fekjær, og prøver å sette vinnersjansene i en fornuftig kontekst; They forget all logic, and don’t understand how many others have to lose for them to be able to win,” he said to NRK.

“When it comes to spending money on other things, one thinks of how big the chance is of residual value. Nevertheless, we have been indoctrinated when it comes to lottery games. Billions of kroner are used on advertising campaigns to get Norwegians to participate in gambling, and it’s quite evidently worked.”

NRK transmits Viking Lotto draws at peak viewing time. Rebuffing claims the transmissions contribute to social problems, the broadcaster’s Arne Helsingen says the lottery is a benefit for the people of Norway.

“These are very rooted in tradition in Norway and have great value for the Norwegian people. Det er positivt at dette blir diskutert, men per i dag mener jeg at vi ikke gjør noe galt i å vise lottotrekningene, forklarer Helsingen. It is positive this is being discussed, but as of today, I believe we’re doing nothing wrong by showing lottery draws as of today.”

Viking Lotto has created 36 millionaires to date.



Published on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2011 at 09:56 under the news category, by John Price   .

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