Every afternoon, walking around in a circle is not difficult to see pictures of many people sitting in a water store or standing in front of lottery agents to search for luck.
People who live in the afternoon
Witness the scene of all kinds of anger before and after the lottery, Ms. Le Thi Kim Le (72, a resident of Cai Rang district, Can Tho town) said that there was a time when she saw a person holding a lottery ticket in the store. At first, she thought it was almost time for this person to be sold in the lottery. When I asked, she knew that this person spent more than 1 million VNDs to buy numbers just to make money to pay the debt. "On that day, the lottery almost disappeared, this hopeful face person became sad, like … the wind blew," Le said.
Photos often found in lottery agents before the lottery Photo: Song Anh
According to the shopkeeper in front of a lottery agent in the town of Can Tho, his water store only stocked up early in the morning and late afternoon. Early in the morning, visitors get coffee and go to work; In the afternoon, it is the turn of those who are interested in the results sheet of the opposite lottery. "I've been selling it for ten years, but I did not see anyone happy and happy because of the jackpot. I also bought the number, but fortunately I hit the first batch (the smallest prize – PV)," she said.
Master Ngo Thanh Thuan, psychological consultant for the Family Planning Association of Can Tho, explains why Westerners often buy lottery tickets compared to other regions. "First, Westerners live with pride, drink coffee or drink, find poor people selling lottery tickets, buy support instead of making money to make merit." Second, people who buy lottery tickets want luck. probability of winning lottery tickets is very low, so they pray and believe in heaven to give luck.I feel sitting and waiting and listening to the lottery is fun "- Master Thuan explained.
According to expert calculations, the probability of winning the jackpot is very low (about 1 / 100,000). Therefore, buying lottery tickets should be considered a joy, do not put a big deal on passion or "luck" to affect the family economy. "I have a brother, I go to work every day to receive 150,000 VND, I get 2 days salary, but I dare to give 100,000 VND to buy 10 lottery tickets. It costs money to buy rice for my wife and children" – said Thuan.
According to Dr. Tran Huu Hiep, the construction lottery, seen from a commercial or social phenomenon, exhibits two good sides – bad, can not abuse or ban the extreme. But when there are many sellers, lottery players, from urban to rural areas, this has a major impact on livelihoods and people's lives. At that time, lottery tickets were no longer just a casual game. Indispensable lottery is a profitable business, attracting investors, it is an important source of local revenue. The government can use most of the lottery revenue to reinvest in other health, education, and welfare projects. "The left side needs to be identified is that although lottery tickets generate a large revenue, but from a social perspective, many families were dispersed because of the abuse of this game" – said Dr. Tran Huu Hiep.
Dr. Hiep also argued that by putting this game of luck on the side of poverty, it is worth pondering the intellectual level of the people of the West – a large lottery market. A paradox that everyone sees as poor provinces, a low education gap has a high turnover and a large revenue of lottery revenue. The number of ticket sellers is often full in poor areas where the West is typical. Mr. Hiep commented: "The path to escape poverty is fundamental to every person, every home, every village should certainly come from mechanisms and policies to attract investment, economic development, sustainable job creation and improve the quality of resources Good or bad, fast or slow human depends on how to solve the problem "the cost and benefits" of gambling is lottery.
Master Ngo Thanh Thuan also recommends: "If you think you buy lottery tickets for luck is very fragile and adventurous. Parents want to buy lottery tickets unintentionally for lazy children, good luck, children see their parents like So if you for work for 1 day, 200,000-300,000 VND, then that money will be in your pocket, but if you buy lottery tickets, you will be lucky if you buy them, otherwise you will lose money. "
Poor people like to play the lottery
Dr. Tran Huu Hiep said there have been serious studies on psychology, behavior and impact factors for lottery players in the US and in developed countries. The general conclusion is that most poor people like to play the lottery. Although most of them know that it will be difficult to get rich, the lottery ticket is kind of giving up the small amount of money to buy a big and fragile hope. In Vietnam and the Mekong Delta, there has not been much research in this area. Recently, there was a study by two professors Pham Le Thong and Le Thanh Hoang Huy, from the Department of Economics at Can Tho University, on "Lottery of people in the city of Can Tho." The results show that spending on the construction lottery of the Can Tho people depends on personal characteristics such as income, schooling, age, marital status, ethnicity and occupation of the players. . The proportion of people who play the lottery is relatively high, accounting for almost 55% of the observations in the sample, most of them being regular customers, representing more than 85% of total customers.
(*) See Jornal do Trabalhador on the date of publication 30-3
CA LINH – SONG ANH