Jackpot?

Scratch-off lottery tickets are an incredibly common type of litter, and one I’ve always thought more could be done to stop. There’s taking the humorous approach with a printed warning: perhaps ”You might be a loser, but don’t be a tosser.” or “If you don’t win, please use a bin.” Or maybe an in-store poster to remind people the losing cards should be disposed of properly.

The trouble of course is that lottery advertising is built upon showing you what happens when you win. The alternative doesn’t get mentioned, even though it is most likely to occur.

But a scratch card can go from priceless to rubbish in 10 seconds or less, and it seems that something should be done to make sure our pavements aren’t literally covered with dashed hopes and daydreams.

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