In 1979 when R and I met we began buying joint Tattslotto tickets. The Tattersalls gambling company has a long history in Australia with its beginnings in the state of Tasmania. Tasmanian mass murderer Martin Bryant was an heir to some of the Tattersalls' fortune. You can do some research if you want :-P Ok, there is some history here.
Back then you chose six numbers from forty numbers in as many squares as you wanted to and laboriously marked each box containing your chosen numbers by putting an x with a pen. Over the years it became became increasingly high tech and the number to choose from in each box rose to forty five numbers. We did not change our numbers and so if we see any above 40 drawn, we know we have not won first prize. The drawing of numbers used to be quite a broadcast event on Saturday nights, always supervised by a serious and grim looking government staff member from The Department of Treasury.
Now it all very high tech to put on your Tattslotto tickets. You simply have your plastic card scanned with your chosen numbers embedded in the card. You receive your tickets printed out for later manual or electronic checking. The price has increased a bit over the years. We now each pay $8.50 per week.
R is very good at putting the weekly Tattslotto on and checking later to check if we have won anything. Early in the 80s he did forget once. We did not look at the drawn numbers that week.
With the same numbers for forty plus years, how have we done? The cost of tickets has increased over the years, but we regularly win prizes of maybe $10 and presumably many do to keep their interest. $10 doesn't cover the cost of next week's tickets, but as we say, it is better than nothing. In the 80s we won a single prize of about $1500. In the 90s about $1000. In the 20teens when we returned from South Africa, we found we had won about $1000. Last Saturday we won a little less than $800. Wow, we are rich. It is almost all spent already on the day of the end of our lockdown and the shops reopened and we indulged in retail therapy. This is covering two things and becoming rather too long. See part 2 to find out how we spent the money and R's mysterious logic about how what we bought cost us nothing.
In the meantime you may enjoy seeing one of our old Tattslotto draw barrels. I remember one that I think worked on suction.