I was saddened to see the banner headline — “Good Friday for Ottawa lotto winners” — in The Herald’s most recent Weekender edition.

This was a feeble attempt to play on the words “Good Friday” to draw a connection between the real meaning of the day in Christian history and a person’s lottery winnings. Not only does such a headline take from the significance of the day Christ died for our sins, there is the false assumption that “winning” such a huge sum of money is “fortunate,” and now all is well.

With some aspect of sensitivity to the real meaning of Good Friday, it might be that this particular Friday for the lottery winner was a “big” Friday.

— Warren Smith,