My first job was with one of the founding companies of the successful Lottery bidder, Camelot, so when I say this, I say it with some authority on the subject - they are just money grabbing cunts, the fucking lot of them.
Fair enough, but one of the things that really, really annoys me is when people refer to the Lottery as a tax.
"Oh," they say. "The Lottery is just a tax on the stupid." I hear people refer to "the Lottery tax", and suchlike.
Let me make this absolutely fucking clear: the Lottery is not a tax, OK?
Sure, you may think that people who spend cash on the Lottery (in any of its myriad guises) are credulous fools but there is a crucial difference between the Lottery and tax: people choose to spend their money on the Lottery, whereas one is compelled to pay tax—it is extortion with menaces.
The two are not comparable and the Lottery is not a tax.
End of story.