Spinning balls and sequinned presenters are the new bread and circuses.


Am I the only person on the planet who wasn’t drooling over the prospect of striking the US$1.5 billion jackpot in the United States lottery?

Organisers keep making it harder to win, and yet the punters queue round the block to load up on tickets.

The worse the odds, the more likely the prize jackpots. The bigger the jackpot, the more frenzied the crowds grow, and the more tickets sold.

George Orwell saw it coming. In 1984, he described ever-larger and more extravagant lotteries, serving as a sort of painkiller for the “proles”.

Spinning balls and sequinned presenters are the new bread and circuses.