I was brought up to believe that gambling was wrong. That included games of chance etc although curiously it did not seem to apply to premium bonds. The reasoning goes that if you need the money God will provide, and it would be wrong to believe in luck (or money) rather than God. But maybe that argument just doesn't stand up. If you really thought God would provide or money didn't matter then why go out to work? Why bother about anything? Isn't the lottery just another legitimate opportunity to look after your material needs, and do a bit of good for others as well? I'm reminded of the Christian mountaineer joke: he turned away help from a passing climber, a rescue team and a helicopter believing that God would save him. On reaching heaven he asked why God had let him drop. God said "I did try. I sent you a climber, a rescue team and a helicopter!" Another question that's bothering me is: if you do play the lottery, is it OK to take lucky dip, or do you try to select the winning numbers? The same arguments apply - if God wants you to win then you'll win. But mostly I think God does not act unilaterally, he works through people, through their talents an abilities. Maybe, just maybe, sometimes some people might have some intuition about the numbers. Millions of people think so anyway. So would it be foolish not to give it a try? I should add I don't endorse gambling addiction or spending the last of the rent money on a ticket. I'm assuming we're all sensible people here!