Locked into gambling: Anticipatory regret as a motivator for playing the National Lottery

Wolfson, Sandy and Briggs, Pamela (2002) Locked into gambling: Anticipatory regret as a motivator for playing the National Lottery. Journal of Gambling Studies, 18 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1050-5350

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Four hundred and eighty-five people were asked about their intentions to play the National Lottery in England a week prior to the introduction of a new midweek draw. We predicted that those people who played the Saturday game with a regular set of numbers would be more inclined to play the new midweek game than those who had not established a routine of using the same set of numbers. We further predicted that their motivation to play would derive from a feeling of 'anticipatory regret' - a sense that they would find it intolerable to discover their regular numbers had been drawn when they hadn't purchased a ticket. Results supported both of these predictions, and an interpretation of the data is given in terms of the circumstances most likely to trigger such counterfactual reasoning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anticipatory regret; Counterfactual thinking; Gambling; Lottery
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19396

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