Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Local Lotto - Rural Village Life

This was quite an experience, for the first time we joined the population in the Salornay community hall for and evening of LOTTO in aid of funds for the football club.


While I first had thoughts of a real LOTTO win in the millions it was actually more what the British would call BINGO. The number drawer was on the stage at the top of the hall with a board which showed the current state of numbers drawn. Interesting was that you bought a set of cards for the 20 or so games of the evening, but could at anytime change your card to change your luck.

I leave it to Allison Feeley in her blog La Farat to paint the picture of what these events are like and just make a few further observations. 

The overall feeling was noise and restlessness, mainly resulting from the need to speak to ones friends and from the hyperactive children who ran wild.

The evening moved along slowly as numbers were called, draws settled, claims checked, prizes distributed, which called for a distraction - this was provided by the counters used to track your numbers on the card. A pile of assorted household and workshop items were provided.

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There were, however, pros at our table who apparently attend LOTTO evening all around the are and buy 4 to 6 cards unlike the one each we used. These players often used a magnetic wand with wire ringed counters. This allows the counters to be collected quickly for the next round.

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Sorting, organising and playing with the counters supplied by the game used up time which seemed to pass very slowly at certain stages.


We have no room to complain though - having attended two LOTTOS we have won a leg of ham and a flat screen TV!




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