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If by the people you understand the multitude, the hoi polloi,’tisno matter whatthey think; theyare sometimes in the right, sometimes in the wrong: their judgement is a mere lottery.

— 1668 An Essay of Dramatic Poesy,’Shakespeare and Ben Jonson Compared’.

We can applaud the state lottery as a public subsidy of intelligence, for it yields public income that is calculated to lighten the tax burden of us prudent abstainers at the expense of the benighted masses of wishful thinkers.

From the lottery to raise the funds for the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 to the lottery used to pay the interest on Dutch loans to the United States during the Revolutionary War, the development of the United States was funded by gambling.

— Chapter 4, A Brief History of Risk Denial, p. 86

It’s so overwhelming. It’s almost better than winning the lottery, because you worked for it. It’s like something you want all your life, but you never thought it would happen, and all of a sudden it did.

— On his reaction being named the top professional bodybuilder in the world — reported in Nancy Kruh (October 3, 1999) “Ronnie Coleman- Nobody messes with this Arlington cop, a.k.a. Mr. Olympia”, The Dallas Morning News, p. 1E.

I have a form of ESP that allows me to consistently pick losing lottery numbers, and generally make poor life choices.

— Letter to Nova Magnetics, pg 59

The first-known public lottery was sponsored by Augustus Caesar to raise funds for repairing the city of Rome; the first public lottery awarding money prizes, the Lotto de Firenze, was established in Florence in 1530.

— Chapter Four, Coins, Wheels, And Oddments, p. 119

When you buy a lottery ticket, you don’t know how tickets have been sold. But sold they have been. And there is an underlying distribution for the game.

— Chapter 3, Estimating Portfolio Risk and Expected Return with Ad Hoc Factor Models, p. 29

It has appeared that from the inevitable laws of our nature, some human beings must suffer from want. These are the unhappy persons who, in the great lottery of life, have drawn a blank.

— Chapter X, paragraph 29, lines 12-15

Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.

— Attributed in “The lottery of life”, The Independent, 5 May 2001
— Variant: “To be born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life.” Briggs, Simon (31 May 2009). “England on guard as world takes aim in Twenty20 stakes”. The Telegraph (London). Retrieved on 2009-06-13.

The world neither ever saw, nor ever will see, a perfectly fair lottery.

— Chapter X, Part I

In England, and in all Roman Catholic countries, the lottery of the church is in reality much more advantageous than is necessary.

— Chapter X, Part II, p. 155

Writing is all a lottery — I have been a loser by the works of the greatest men of the age.

— The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, (1771).

I’d rather be working for a paycheck, than waiting to win the lottery. Besides, maybe this time it’s different, I mean, I really think you like me.

— First Day of my Life

It has appeared that from the inevitable laws of our nature, some human beings must suffer from want. These are the unhappy persons who, in the great lottery of life, have drawn a blank.


— Chapter X, paragraph 29, lines 12-15 (An Essay on The Principle of Population (First Edition 1798, unrevised))

Who doubting tyranny, and fainting under Fortune’s false lottery, desperately run To death, for dread of death; that soul’s most stout, That, bearing all mischance, dares last it out.


— John Fletcher, The Honest Man’s Fortune (1613; published 1647), Act IV, scene 1.

You need a lot of luck to find people with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Some people manage to find their soulmate. Others don’t. I think love is like a lottery.

— Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress

Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.


— Quoted in Peter Ustinov Dear Me (1977).This has also been attributed to Lord Milner.

At the mention of the name and offence of this degraded being a great sound went up from the entire multitude – a universal cry of execration, not greatly dissimilar from that which may be frequently heard in the crowded Temple of Impartiality when the one whose duty it is to take up, at a venture, the folded papers, announces that the sublime Emperor, or some mandarin of exalted rank, has been so fortunate as to hold the winning number in the Annual State lottery.

— “The Vision of Yin, the Son of Yat Huang”

At the mention of the name and offence of this degraded being a great sound went up from the entire multitude – a universal cry of execration, not greatly dissimilar from that which may be frequently heard in the crowded Temple of Impartiality when the one whose duty it is to take up, at a venture, the folded papers, announces that the sublime Emperor, or some mandarin of exalted rank, has been so fortunate as to hold the winning number in the Annual State lottery.


— “The Vision of Yin, the Son of Yat Huang”

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Lottery Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lottery quotes, lottery sayings, and lottery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Winning a lottery may prove to be bad luck.

Forget the lottery. Bet on yourself instead.

Brian Koslow

A lottery is the perfect tax. laid only upon the willing.

George Washington

Winning the lottery is winning the lottery. It’s highly unlikely and very unusual.

Lori Lansens

Life’s a lottery, and man should make up his mind to the blanks.

George Colman the Elder

If all those psychics know the winning lottery numbers, why are they all still working?

Steven Wright

It’s sad, the lottery. Good projects get funded by it, but there’s an air of desperation about it.

The more tickets you have in a lottery, the worse your chance. And it is the same of virtues, in the lottery of life.

Laurence Sterne

A lottery is a salutary instrument and a tax. laid on the willing only, that is to say, on those who can risk the price of a ticket without sensible injury, for the possibility of a higher prize.

Thomas Jefferson

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.

Ambrose Bierce

You go and you buy a lottery ticket. You’ve got just as much chance of getting struck by lightning as you do of winning the lottery.

People play the lottery all the time unaware of how mind-bogglingly difficult it is to win. It seems like they take a different approach to probabilities. Their rationale must be, “Well, I can either win it or not win it, so my odds of winning are 50/50.

Orlando Winters

Why do people play the lottery, or why do people gamble, period? You know, it’s with the hope of winning something more.

Derek Kilmer

The world neither ever saw, nor ever will see, a perfectly fair lottery.

You could buy 100 lottery tickets and not win, or you could buy one and get it.

Luis Gonzalez

No one makes a million dollars with minimal effort unless they win the lottery.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Before that lottery ticket won the jackpot, someone had to buy it.

Vera Nazarian

When you buy a lottery ticket, you don’t know how tickets have been sold. But sold they have been. And there is an underlying distribution for the game.

Robert Haugen

A lottery is a taxation on all of the fools in creation.

Henry Fielding

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