Lottery has Orwellian resonancesBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7014.1225a (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1225
- T D Ivor Cartmill
- Consultant microbiologist Rochdale Healthcare NHS Trust, Rochdale OL12 9QB
EDITOR,--The fact that the National Lottery collects disproportionate amounts of money from poor people would not have surprised George Orwell. In his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four he describes the effect of a lottery on the “proles,” the non-party members who constituted 85% of Oceania's population.