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Public Eye: Lottery Fever

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For most people the National Lottery is just a harmless weekly flutter, but for some the line between interest and obsession is becoming blurred. These people are the real losers in the lottery, hooked on gambling and spending sums beyond their means in the hope that they will join the ranks of the new lottery millionaires.
Fiona Bruce reports on three families, none of them in employment, who spend more than half of their income on lottery tickets and scratch cards. While they know their chances of winning are remote, they still dream of moving from their council estates.
But winning doesn't necessarily bring happiness. Of the two winners interviewed for the programme, one is content with his new-found wealth, but the other has seen her relationship break down and has had to go to court in order to keep her winnings.
With calls growing to deregulate gambling, Public Eye travels to Spain, where deregulation occurred in the 1970s, to find out if the country's rise in the number of gambling addicts could soon be reflected in Britain.

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Presenter: Fiona Bruce
Producer: Hilary Rosen
Editor: Mark Wakefield

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Public Eye: Lottery Fever

BBC Two England, 15 August 1995 20.00






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