Last chance to win millions

People stand in line to buy lottery tickets for the year-end lottery at a booth in Nishi-Ginza, Tokyo, on Wednesday. Waiting time was about 90 minutes. The Nishi-Ginza booth is popular because it has sold a number of winning tickets in the past. More than 200 people were stilled lined up at the booth at 8 p.m. Wednesday, despite the 6-degree temperature. Sixty-eight first prize winners will earn over 400 million yen each. Lottery ticket sales end Thursday and winners will be announced on Dec 31.

  • 0

    some14some

    These people did not vote in this election? Bright future has been promised to those who lined up at polling stations !

  • -6

    TheInterstat

    Sad acts. The time spent here could have been used to actually start something worthwhile, but instead they waste it on something that is never going to happen for them.

  • 4

    Debucho

    The time spent here could have been used to actually start something worthwhile

    take a close look at the people in the picture. if they were not here, do you REALLY think they would be doing something productive?

  • 3

    Hide Suzuki

    @TheInterstat

    Can you not see that they are mostly retired people ? Besides, they can do whatever they want with their money. what's wrong with buying lottery tickets and imagine what if ?

  • 2

    marcels

    Japanese people love lining up for things,you name they,ll line up.....

  • 0

    GW

    I buy a few jumbo tickets but I am not stupid to line up like this, 5minutes tops for me.

    I can never understand why so many will WASTE 2-3hrs or even half a day or more for tickets, oishi gyoza or ramen...........WTF!

  • 2

    Onniyama

    Buying lottery tickets a waste!? No. Think of the sound sleep you will have dreaming about a win over the next couple of weeks. If you don't win? So what? The money goes to charity. Happy New Year!

  • 2

    SimondB

    A guy who I would once have refered to as a good friend won $1.9 million on the Australian lotto a few years back. It quite changed him and not for the better. Became rather arrogant and condescending. I'd like to think that if I ever won big money it would change my lifestyle but not my character.

  • -3

    nandakandamanda

    Millions, oh yeah!

    Oh, wait, that's millions of yen? Well, better than a slap in the face, I guess.

  • 1

    2020hindsights

    Buying lottery tickets a waste!? No. Think of the sound sleep you will have dreaming about a win over the next couple of weeks. If you don't win? So what? The money goes to charity. Happy New Year!

    I agree. But buying lottery tickets from that gate a waste of time? Yes. You can go several gates down and not have to line up. They only line up because that gate has sold the most winning tickets. And because people line up to buy from that gate, it always will. You gotta love the stupidity on display here.

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    Onniyama

    2020hindsights. Well, the Japanese do love their lineups. It is probably fun for them. They are programmed for this since Grade 1. Like GW says. These people will line up for hours just to eat a dumpling in Chinatown.

  • 1

    davestrousers

    The lottery is a game for people who are bad at maths. Almost any other form of gambling pays out more and you'd have more chance of getting rich by continually betting on horse racing, which should illustrate just how unlikely it is.

    At least half of the lottery money should go on good causes, although I've no idea how transparent that process is in Japan.

  • 0

    GW

    daveT,

    I buy a few tickets, as long as your not in stupid line & spending stupid amounts no big deal, BUT like the rest of Japan the lottery is full of amakudari oyaji drawing massive salaries & doing nothing & whatever is left over does go to hospitals etc but its the amakudari types that win over Y10million a year, year in year out, they clearly win the most.

    Its the same throughout all industry here sadly

  • -2

    Disillusioned

    Japa-logic at its finest. The more people that buy tickets the less chance there is if winning, yet they all want a piece of the same lottery. They should wait a week and buy tickets in the next lottery when the odds are more in their favor.

  • 1

    2020hindsights

    The lottery is a game for people who are bad at maths.

    Ha ha. Yes, agree.

  • -3

    wtfjapan

    yep sheep mentality at its best.

  • -8

    nigelboy

    Japa-logic at its finest. The more people that buy tickets the less chance there is if winning, yet they all want a piece of the same lottery. They should wait a week and buy tickets in the next lottery when the odds are more in their favor.

    You are so smart.

    Or perhaps more people are lining up and buying tickets because the prizes are larger??

    Just a guess.

  • -2

    Tony Alderman

    This story and the accompanying photo sum up so much about the Japanese psyche.

  • 0

    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    Lovely, a glimer of hope amidst desperate times. Merry Christmas!

    Would be ironic however if someone wins the lottery and end of the world comes about.....

  • 1

    Victoria Maude

    I'll personally never understand throwing your money at a lottery, but if it makes people happy, then go for it! My very money conscious Japanese boyfriend shocked me the other day by pulling out a few lottery tickets he had purchased, and I remember him buying them at Luminarie as well. This is a guy who puts aside half of his pay cheque every month and currently has almost $300,000 saved up. The way he explained it was that the tickets are cheaper than what you'd pay for a train fare, and if you lose, the money goes to a good charity. If you win, bonus for you!

    Usually with huge prize lotteries, there's only one prize. Sixty eight prizes of over 400 million yen is a pretty tempting thing! I don't think this is a case of sheep mentality, I think it's a yearly tradition for many people, and the prizes are absolutely tangible! Better than the big American lottos where only one ticket wins the big prize.

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    Probie

    A guy who I would once have refered to as a good friend won $1.9 million on the Australian lotto a few years back. It quite changed him and not for the better. Became rather arrogant and condescending. I'd like to think that if I ever won big money it would change my lifestyle but not my character.

    I'd probably become even more of an a**hole than I am now.

  • 0

    nandakandamanda

    All these minus points? Boo, hiss. I am not sharing my winnings with any of you you miserable JT Scrooges!

  • 0

    GW

    Haha Probie, nice one LOL!

  • 0

    Braindead

    I have 50 tickets...bought 'em 5 at a time from 10 different good vibe obasans...

  • 0

    Serrano

    @Braindead - Today I bought a ticket from an obasan with supercalifragilisticexpialidocious vibes!

    It's sure to be at least the 100,000,000 yen winner, possibly the 400,000,000 yen winner!

  • 0

    kobitan

    Standing in a line do not differ from praying to the God which has not been seen.

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