The UK Lottery started in 1994 and was once a week on Saturday. A Wednesday draw was introduced in 1997. Thunderball and Lotto Extra were added in 1999 and 2000. Lotto Hot Picks, Daily Play and online games followed, along with the scratch-cards people buy at store till points.
Euromillions was added in 2004 and is now drawn on Tuesday and Friday. With this wide choice of games, do we really need Set For Life, which is played Monday and Thursday? If you win, you get £10,000 a month for 30 years. This totals £15.6 million.
Odds of winning first prize in the Euro Lottery are 139 million to one; UK Lotto is 45 million to one; Set For Life is 15 million to one, which makes it sound attractive until you take into account your age. I am highly unlikely to last another 30 years and even those in their prime have to consider illness or being knocked down by a number 19 bus.
Whichever you pick, the chances of winning are still as likely as a blue moon.