@AbstractBenna — Breaking Boundaries #NationalLottery

I grew up in what some may call a marginalised community; it’s hard not to be attractive to the popularised negativity these environments produce. There aren’t many options. The thing that kept me and my friends on a straight and narrow were local youth organisations that ran film, music and sports projects. I remember attending these projects and always seeing the National Lottery logo. I never knew then but I know now these projects were only available through the people local and national buying lottery tickets. The moment I found out, I started writing.

This poem isn’t my attempt to justify gambling habits but rather a reminder that once the adrenaline rush from your numbers being called has settled, whether you are now rich or disappointed, whether it motives you to play again or admit defeat, a percentage of every purchase is going towards projects that need it. There is a teenager in the same place I was about to make a life changing decision based on the choices in front of him. I want this poem to inform listeners, if you do buy another ticket, that young person’s options will stay open.

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This is for the opinions with no apology who argue, the National Lottery

Is casual robbery a capital gimmick selling hope to those in radical poverty,

This is for those with a mountain of tickets that aren’t amounting to riches,

The amount you spend could probably tally up to thousands pounds I wrote this for those addicted,

Spending electric money on a ticket how does that make sense in the brain?

Now his whole family is praying there’s light at the end of the game,

For the strategic and patient people who keep their numbers the same,

When those sentimental digits pay off remind the simple minds, nothings in vain,

Not even the blood, sweat, tears that go into rebuilding communities

That you help fund with each purchase,

To them it’s just algorithms of false hope to us it seems worth it

When sports clubs finally have the finance to make gang members swap hoodies for t-shirts that look cool,

Knives for football, crime for good causes,

All over the UK their gaining from it,

£30 million every week is what the National Lottery gives to life changing projects,

Around 28p per pound from your purchase to those that deserve it,

Hardly breaking the bank, rather breaking boundaries for 400 projects a week,

Countless futures reshaping from it.

Congratulations to Phil he played soo often he bought a ticket and forgot, it happens sometimes,

In his case he bought another ticket on the same day and couldn’t believe his luck when he found out he won twice,

Congratulations to Carly and Becky they thought horoscopes were a lot of jokes,

It predicted a Pisces and Taurus to team up for a big win,

So they both played the lottery and won £168 million each, it took ages to sync in,

These are far from solo victories each purchase guarantee community groups are winning,

2006 saw the national lottery fund Oriel Mostyn which is known as the leading gallery for contemporary art in Wales,

They support the growth of local artists, develop visions through exhibitions,

Engage the imagination of children raised on vicarious memories of a harmful world,

2006 saw the national lottery raise £3 million for sledge hockey,

Played by disabled athletes from sledges,

Your money encourages thoughts from a positive head to be the energy,

They want in their mind reminding them they don’t need legs to leave a legacy,

All over the UK their gaining from it,

£30 million every week is what the National Lottery gives to life changing projects,

Around 28p per pound from your purchase to those that deserve it,

Hardly breaking the bank, rather breaking boundaries for 400 projects a week,

Countless futures reshaping from it.

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