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Big money but big risk

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The cost of Super Lotto tickets and the daunting reality that the game has not had a winner since its August 2009 start have pushed some lottery players to stick to the more popular Cash Pot.

Even with the chance to win a life-changing jackpot of $413 million, some lottery patrons contend that in the current economic climate, ticket prices of $150 and $250 are not worth the risk.

"Let's say you play it two times fi the week, that's $500. Next week, you try again, nuh $1,000 that you gone. Check up dat fi di month an' see," said Sophia McGregor, a mother of four who lives in the Corporate Area.

Better use of funds

"A better me use da money deh an' pay fi me pickney dem school," she said, adding that she has a daughter who is preparing for exams next year.

Another woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was even more cynical, questioning "why me a go spend $250 and me naw win nutten. Plus, me never see nobody win."

"The money (jackpot) look nuff, but da game deh set a way ... . It look like dem do it fi ketch people money," she lamented.

The staggering multimillion-dollar jackpot is still available going into Friday night's draw.

The game was introduced by Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) on August 25 last year with a starter jackpot of $180 million.

The jackpot is increased based on sales each time there is no winner.

SVL officials would not respond to queries about Super Lotto ticket sales, but The Gleaner understands that the company is planning to introduce changes that will give players a better chance of winning.

From the outset, SVL had warned that the odds of winning the Super Lotto would be far greater than other games because it is played in seven other Caribbean countries.

In contrast, some lotto players said the Cash Pot game was cheaper and easier to win.

In fact, Douglas admitted that she has won several times.

"At least wid di Cash Pot you can spend $10 an' you stand a chance fi get back something," she reasoned.

"But wid the Super Lotto, it too dear and you nuh win nutten."

'The money (jackpot) look nuff, but da game deh set a way ... . It look like dem do it fi ketch people.'