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"I hit the lottery! I won! I won ... a baby!"

I suppose instead of making the winner pose with a giant posterboard check, the winner would pose with -- what? -- a giant pacifier? Or be outfitted with a diaper? Over in the UK, a lottery promotion lures winner with the prospect of winning a baby. Yes, a baby:

The Gambling Commission has granted a licence to charity To Hatch, tickets for the controversial game will be sold online at £20 each and a winner selected every month. The lottery begins on July 30 and those entering could win £25,000 worth of tailor-made fertility treatments at one of the country's top clinics. It will not just be limited to couples - single, gay and elderly players will also be able to take part. Winners will be given accommodation in a luxury hotel before being chauffeur driven for treatment. If standard IVF fails, they can be offered donor eggs, reproductive treatment or even a surrogate birth.

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As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.