How To Win The Lottery

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What do you need to know?  What do you need to do?

Fortunately if your question starts with ‘how to’ then a solution is a few clicks away.

Turn on your computer.  Open you favorite search engine and type in how to ‘something’.  Hit the search button.  Milliseconds later you will receive a list of solutions.  And not just simple one sentence solutions.  You will be able to read pages and pages of information, download an ebook, be a subscriber to monthly newsletter, download videos and mp3s, buy a complete package which includes a 3 books, 5 pamphlets and 8 CDs.

Stacks of ebooks and CDs is what you would expect for questions like how to build a house or how to become an astronaut.  But surprisingly you can get a ebook and CDs that answer the question: How to win the lottery.

For under $30 dollars you can download a complete guide that will take you through the steps of winning the lottery.

Want to know how to win the lottery?  No problem.  Send $25 and you will receive an e-book that will show you step-by-step how to win millions of dollars.  Its fast, its easy and the best thing is that you can do it all from the comfort of your living room.

I hope you agree that a complete guide to ‘how to win the lottery’ is absolutely ridiculous.  Two things stick out as absurd:  that somebody made the guide thinking that people will buy it and that there are people who buy it.  But it happens – it is happening right now.  It is out there.  There are how to guides for everything and people are buying them.

Win The Lottery – Fooled By The Context

I do not want to insult anyone, but I pity the fool who thinks there is a $30 solution to the question: how to win the lottery.  But obviously the fools are out there.  People are buying, otherwise nobody would be selling.

Besides ignorance what can lead a human being to purchase this kind of nonsense?  The answer is context and presentation.

Our fool, lets call him Bob, uses the internet everyday to check the weather and sport scores.  He also uses the internet if he needs the definition of a word or needs to know  Lincoln’s birthday.  For Bob the internet is a magical place that provides true answers to his questions.

Bob is fooled by the context.

Win The Lottery – Fooled By the Presentation

Bob is sitting in front of the TV and listening intently as the pretty lady reads out lottery numbers.  When she finishes, as is Bob’s custom, he rips up the ticket and curses the TV.  Then one day, after losing for the hundredth time, he has had enough.  There must be a way to win the lottery.

Bob goes on the internet and searches, ‘how to win the lottery’.  The internet never lets him down, it must know the answer.  And sure enough it knows – Bob clicks on the first result.

Bobs eyes bulge.  So much information..  Pages and pages of information.  Testimonials, pictures of winning tickets. There are books and CD’s for sale.  For Bob books and CD and testimonials means that the information is real.

Bob is fooled by the presentation.

Are You Fooled By Context And Presentation ?

The internet is right about who won the Giants game and what to do about excessive ear wax.  But the internet has no idea how to win the lottery regardless of the size of the e-book.  Internet can tell you some things, but it cannot tell you everything.

The fact that there is an 200 page eBook and 3 hours of video does not mean there is information of any value.  Do not confuse presentation with information.

How can you tell if you are fooled by context and presentation?  If you are reading this post to find out how to win the lottery then you have a problem.

But you are not alone. According to Google – 27,100 people want to know ‘how to win the lottery’ every month. This post serves 2 functions (ordered by importance):

  1. An attempt to receive 27,100 more visitors a month to this website.
  2. Give you some ideas for your next website.

  1. November 25th, 2010 at 19:17 | #1

    Hi, “how to win a lottery” is a very competitive keyword. There are tons of sites already providing such information (not as much as “how to find Jesus”, but still…) so the possibility that your site will attract 27,100 readers every month through this post is a bit dreamy.

    But your writing and humor is good and I’m sure you will attract much more than that in the future! Way to go!

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