Good points, the thread seems to have waxed philosophical and I enjoy the perspectives. The rat race is about self preservation. Good or bad, it's a fact we all think and act that way to a degree.
I think I will change my view as one who despises all the trappings of a complex world to Resistance is Futile: Just when you think your out, they drag you back in.
Quality of life and living is important to most everyone. That can mean different things to each one's perspective. I think the lottery sells the dream (the sizzle) and the possibility that a new quality of life is available and attainable. People need hope, that's why they fall for scams, ponzi schemes and get rich plans. That is why against enormous odds many play the lottery. It gives them hope for a new quality of living, a Utopian dream.. Everybody needs hope of some kind and action toward that hope produces results. You gotta play to win. Resistance is futile.
Now excuse me while I look for some cheese,...