Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lotto Kenya: A Pesky Game with Good Intentions

A long time ago – over six years ago I guess – I came across a banner ad saying that I was the lucky 10,000th visitor to a certain website. I was exhilarated. I clicked the banner without hesitation and before I knew it, the online ad had taken me to an online lottery.

After filling text field after field, looking forward to my big break, I eventually came to the payment page where I was to pay a certain amount of money to participate in the upcoming draw. I didn’t proceed any further because the ad had tricked me into believing that I had won, which apparently wasn’t the case.

A few years down the line, I saw a TV ad for Lotto Kenya (a new lottery). This time I was interested. To participate, all I had to do was send 50 shillings to Lotto Paybill number 777000 and that is exactly what I did. I didn’t win and I was not at all unhappy. It is the reality of the game. We cannot all win. Someone wins the money and the rest of us win at heart knowing that we have supported charity projects in Kenya; I hope and believe that the Lotto Kenya guys stick to their mission.

Since my first entry, I have made several other unlucky ones and still do when I am in a betting mood but there is one aspect of the game that really annoys me. The lotto guys keep sending me text messages day after day. It is good they remind me of the game but I don’t like to feel trapped. That is exactly what I have become ever since I entered Lotto Kenya for the first time.

The text message keep coming, but without any clear way in which you can unsubscribe. I feel like I have become ensnared in a lifetime trap. If I still had my Samsung S6 phone – I miss you darling - I would have simply blocked Lotto Kenya’s numbers but that is a privilege that is not yet available to us Huawei users.

I Give Up With Lotto Kenya - Not from the Perspective of Not Winning Though

In the meantime, it seems like I don’t have a choice but to contend with these pesky messages from Lotto Kenya that never fail me. Maybe they will soon start including a simple guideline on how to unsubscribe (like the good Zuku people who always include the phrase “STOP 20465”) in their text messages; time will tell.


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  2. lotto your r thieves.....robbery without violence........robbing the mind.....this is just a mind game........pliz dont play LOTTO.