It seems i have misunderstood a good chunk of you anwers but since you explained to me what EXACTLY you meant with all your statements now i can understand your stance on the matter better. Also i wasn't only talking about you in my post thats why i sayed "the people here".
I had the feeling you did not read all of the posts since there were a few who tried to explain at least one astpect of why they gamble in lotteries and i didn't see you really asking followup questions that much.
The idea would be that you could potentially gain 10 ex from that 1 lucky fusing that you give to them, this is what attracts most of the new players as they generally don´t have a lot of currency yet.
Buying a Lightning Coil, 6 socketing and 6 linking it takes currency.
I hear this same argument all the time about real life lotteries and honestly, I think it's a really stupid one. Most people participating in a lottery will know perfectly well that on average, they will lose by participating in it. Some of them may well be perfectly capable of calculating the exact odds as well. Being "bad at math" has nothing to do with it.
and so on...
I know there were some responses wich explained some parts of what they thaught you meant like
This is different to RL lotteries though. What OP says is that by participating in a linking lottery, you gimp yourself by playing the worse of two lotteries, the second lottery being you just trying to link your own stuff. It's always better to waste your fusings on your own gear than to participate in a linking lottery.
The strawman arguments where things like:
Lotteries bunch up poor and naive people, who want to get something quick and painless. Just like real like lotteries.
I want to comment on this. You said that some "lucky" guy got 20ex. But that same guy probably has a 6 socket sitting in his stash and if he had put his lucky fusings into it instead of the lottery he would have "won" a lot more back than 20ex.
wich you did not write yourself but i already sayed that was why i sayed "you people"
since you never really clearified you stance until now i misinterpreted it and assumed you would be completeley ok with the strawmen the others created and i am sorry for that.
Now to clearify my stance a bit more: I personnally don't tend to gamble wethere in games nor in RL so I
would only participate in these lotteries at the beginning of a new league at the point when i have my new character freshly reaching 60 or something.
At this point i have almost nothing since i spent almost all fusings and jewellers on getting 4L stuff for my head and whatnot.
It is incredibly unlikely that i have a good unique found by myself right now nor a good base for a potential endgame yellow or anything. I also don't want to trade at that point since i will more fthen then not, not even be able to buy three dragons now.
Since somehow some insane people already have 10-20ex to give away for their lottery and i don't even have things worth 2 (at least not things i want to get rid of) i might give it a try.
And yes if i keep those 3 fusings and wait until you DO have anything worthwhile to do this it is more likeley to give you a bigger reward, but if i risk it now and win i have such a huge boost since i can have all the crappy uniques i want wich cost 4ex or less.
I understand my low chances for this happening, wich is even lower since some people scam you by not paying at all even if the 6L happens, but it still is something
. At least if you see them stream you have high chances of the guy not scaming you (since it is not scam if you get the promised reward even if it is a crappy one, it's just a bad deal in the grand sceam of things)
Others might feel they are more unlucky when doing it themselve so they give others some of their chances of a 6L for "makeing a profit since the other guy clearly has more luck"
There could be other reasons that haven't even been written yet (i can only give you mine)
but in the end no matter the reason it will always be "just a worse deal you make anyway" because it is ALWAYS for personal reasons you do that. So sadly all you can hope to get is a list of personal reasons or likeley reasons since at the core you are right statistically it is a way worse gamble and most people know that.
So all in all it is just because of differend tastes, just because you don't like the bitter taste of only getting 10ex for your even slimmer than usual chance of success doesn't mean nobody else does.