A simple wager is as natural as arguing. But doesn't it come a little too naturally to some people? You bet it does

A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time


In most betting shops you will see three windows marked "Bet Here",but only one window with the legend "Pay Out"

Jeffery Bernard

We all learn the hard way, and Las Vegas is a hard teacher. So many people arrive with shining eyes,dreaming shining neon dreams, only to leave two and a half days later,purged. The great thing is to learn early in life rather than late...I think gambling, in due proportion,is good for you

David Spanier

If you can make a heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and toss
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss
...you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)from his poem "If "

 A bookie is just a pickpocket who lets you use your own hands

Henry Morgan

 "Punters are all stupid bastards, aren't they?"

Lester Piggot

[Gambling] is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief

George Washington (1732-1799)

Betting is the only moral thing you can do. It is an intellectual pursuit, as good as The Times crossword. For millions, it is the only uninfluenced democratic decision they take

Lord Wyatt

Cards and dice are the Devil's books and bones


If you bet on a horse, that's gambling. If you bet you can make three spades, that's entertainment. If you bet cotton will go up three points, that's business.See the difference ?

Blackie Sherrod writer

Everyone knows that horse racing is carried out mainly for the delight and profit of fools, ruffians and thieves

George Gissing (1857-1903) writer

Time spent in a casino is time given to death, a foretaste of the hour when one's flesh will be diverted to the purposes of the worm and not the will

Rebecca West (1892-1983)

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it and when he can

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich something for nothing

G B Shaw (1856-1950)

No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner

Lord Dewar (1864-1930)

There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing

French proverb

Lord Hippo suffered fearful loss,
By putting money on a horse;
Which he believed, if it were pressed,
Would run faster than the rest

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

The three of them played cautiously, circling like boxers in the early rounds of a fight, testing each other with jabs and head-feints, gradually settling into the feel of the ring...He had always associated poker with a kind of freewheeling,roughhouse chatter, an exchange of foul mouthed jokes and friendly insults, but these three were all business

Paul Auster from his novel The Music of Chance [Ref: For the love of .....Numbers]

The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel

Elbert Hubbard (1865 1915)writer

I have the notion that gamblers are as happy as most people being always excited

Lord Byron (1788-1824) poet

The Gamester is no more satisfied with Winning, than the Drunkard by Drinking

Horace Fanshawe (1699-1781) essayist

Death and dice level all distinctions -

Samuel Foote (1720-77) dramatist

Dicing with national lottery mania

Doctors have identified a new delusional illness triggered by publicity surrounding the national lottery. Dubbed "lottomania'', the condition has affected two London women; they needed hospital admission and drug treatment after becoming convinced they had won the jackpot

The Times

A man killed himself after he mistakenly believed he and a friend had lost out on a £2.7 million lottery jackpot because he had forgotten to renew their ticket


Elvis Presley landing a UFO on top of the Loch Ness monster

William Hill spokesman on the odds of winning

Gamblers Anonymous reports a 17 per cent increase in calls in the past six months


The lottery is fun. It's a chance to daydream,and a little weekly treat.I think its detractors should stop being so pompously high-minded and stop implying that those of us who indulge are idle, greedy plebs

Lynda Lee Potter

About three times a week somebody tells me that their dog has chewed their ticket up.It gets very hectic on Saturday evenings when the winners ring in.They stutter,they shout at you, they cry, they tell you all sorts of things.We've had every kind of emotion.It keeps us going

Camelot employee
Liz Cadman