posted on May, 19 2013 @ 08:09 AM
'The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that
there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their
folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of
intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made a living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and
lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the running of the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed
everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being
non-existent persons. In the absence of any real intercommunication between one part of Oceania and another, this was not difficult to arrange.'