Reporting Lottery Wins With An Undercurrent of Sex? What Next? Erotic Bank Statements?

To my mind, the silliest news item currently is the tale of Ianthe Fullagar, an 18-year old lottery winner. The story’s all over the papers at the moment, but if you’ve missed it, here’s the BBC report.

Now, maybe I’m just getting old and jaded, but it seems that there’s a weirdly sexual slant to the reporting on this one – possibly fed by the winner’s comments, or possibly because reporters have been inspired by her age and appearance to try and make it a little bit racy.

To take the most choice quotes:

“[My Mum and I] were both screaming so loudly that my dog, Brock, didn’t know what was happening and bit me on the bottom.”

I’m sorry Miss, it sounds as if your dog has a tendency to attack people, and he may have to be destroyed.

“The 18-year-old, who hid her winning ticket in her bra…”

I dread to think what she’ll do with the cheque.

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4 Comments

  1. Definitely getting jaded and cynical… I think the media are trying to give this a faux-naive sort of feel… an antidote to overwhelmingy grim financial (and all other) news elsewhere.

    On the other hand, it does perpetutate a notion that gambling is a good thing that can bring untold riches: as evidenced by the continual stream of online-gambling ads on TV and gambling shows! When will people learn the only winner’s the ‘casino’?

  2. No, gambling’s fine – play bingo with the girls! Yeah! Or why not call in to a GMTV phone-in competition – yes, they’re back!Fun fun fun!

    *Whimper*

    J

  3. hey that’s a perfect place to hide something! 🙂

  4. Rather sadly, another report had her saying she hid the ticket there because she thought no-one would look there, suggesting she doesn’t receive much attention of that nature.
    Still, now she’s a millionaire, I’m sure the gold-diggers will leap out of the woodwork!
    J

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