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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Lottery fever struck nationwide ahead of Tuesday's drawing, with jackpot chasers waiting in long lines for tickets.
The country is set to be in the grip of lottery fever as tomorrow's rollover jackpot heads for [euro]100million.
LOTTERY fever swept the nation yesterday as waves of Britons tried to win a record jackpot of almost PS58million.
Lottery fever gripped the country and tabloid editors were desperate to track down the first big winners.
Those two wins come on the heels of the lottery fever that swept much of the U.S.
Here in the United States, $640m worth of anticipation had erupted into full-scale lottery fever.
LOTTERY fever is sweeping Coventry and Warwickshire in the run up to tonight's pounds 85 million draw.
THE chance of entering the ranks of the super-rich is expected to fuel lottery fever this week after a vast EuroMillions draw went unmatched again.
Soon "adventuring" (the name given to what was actually lottery fever) was sweeping the land.
2007: Lottery fever has hit South Wales with a family of six winning almost pounds 7m on the Euro millions lottery and a second lucky trio scooping more than pounds 250,000.
As far as I'm aware, no one has yet written a definitive history of late-1990s lottery fever, but it was certainly an extraordinary period.