lottery fever

lottery fever

A popular term for individual or mass reactions to state, national and international (e.g., Euromillions) lotteries, especially high-reward jackpots. Lottery fever encompasses the emotional responses and behavioural changes of such reactions, ranging from the simple purchasing of a ticket, with or without expecting to win, to buying exorbitant amounts of tickets, to mortgaging one’s house and liquidating one’s assets on the assumption of winning.
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BRITS are gripped by pounds 85million lottery fever, with tickets selling at up to 100,000 an hour.
Lottery fever reached its peak on Saturday, when 84,000 tickets were sold every minute.
6 million), after 44 rollovers gave the country a case of lottery fever.
LOTTERY fever was sweeping the US today after a huge jackpot rolled over and could reach pounds 215million by tomorrow.
KIRK JONESWIT and invention fill this charming, knockabout Irish comedy in which lottery fever hits a small village and sprightly old codgers Bannen and Kelly attempt to impersonate winner Ned Devine - who has died from the shock - and claim the cash themselves.
LOTTERY fever swept America yesterday after a huge rollover left a pounds 220million jackpot - the second biggest in US history - up for grabs in tomorrow's draw.
Brain-damage victim Robert Whiting torched his home after being driven over the edge by lottery fever.
Gorgeous Gail Kaneswaren - in her Kerry kit - and Dublin fan Jennifer Langan got their hands on the cheque as lottery fever sweeps the country.
His good fortune has spread lottery fever, with people hoping his good luck could rub off on them.
LOTTERY fever went into overdrive yesterday as models Jennifer Langan, left, and Gail Kaneswaran set the latest summer game rolling.
Lottery fever peaked one week in January 1996 with the first double roll-over and a jackpot of pounds 44 million.