Games of Chance

I play the lottery.

There. I’ve admitted it.

I don’t like to gamble, but sometimes I do. I’ll play blackjack at the casino with my husband every once in a while, but I fret too easily and can’t stand to be there long when I lose. I used to do slot machines, but then again, I wouldn’t do it all the time. I certainly wouldn’t spend MY money. If Mr. Demonic wants to give me some cash to blow on gambling, I usually pocket half and play with half. I’d rather buy a new pair of shoes with money I can see than hope for more.

One time, we were at a casino for the Labor Day weekend. Mr. D and I were playing blackjack and losing heartily. I got angry and said, “let’s get out of here. We’re not getting anywhere.” He wasn’t happy that I dragged him away from the table. I had a bucket of quarters from attempts at previous slot machines. We sat down at a bank of slot machines and dropped them in, trying to get rid of them. After a few minutes, my husband’s machine went crazy. He won the jackpot! No kidding! And the prize? it was a brand new purple Harley Davidson. That was the coolest night ever.

My husband still has his Harley, but he’s thinking about selling it. He doesn’t ride it much anymore. Plus, we’re suffering from a bad economy. He’d rather have the cash to put toward my daughter’s education.

When it comes to the lottery, I don’t waste a lot of money. I play a little, like $5 here or $10 there. And I don’t do it all the time. I might buy lottery tickets every week for a month, and then not play for three months. That’s just how it is. It’s a diversion. An entertainment. It’s cheaper than a night at the movies.

I’m not like Mr. Demonic. I’m terribly unlucky. My first theory on luck is pretty simple. Some people (like Mr. D) are lucky a good amount of time. I’ve seen him hit slot machines for thousands of dollars and walk away from blackjack tables with too much money to cash in by himself without having to fill out paperwork. Others (like me, and Mr. D’s best friend in another tundra state) are horribly unlucky. We can’t win anything. There’s no in-between. You’ve either got the touch or you don’t.

My second theory on luck is that for every hugely unlucky person, they will hit it big one time and one time only.

That’s the reason why I still play the lottery.

These days, however, the places that sell lottery tickets in my area are sad places. I see people who have no business spending any amount of money on a lottery ticket. They should be using it to buy milk and bread for their kids. They should quit smoking and stop eating out so they can afford to buy gas and pay their mortgages.

So far, I don’t have those kinds of worries, but I know I could be a couple of steps away from being desperate and dreaming big.

Until then, I’ll still take my chances every once in a while.

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8 Responses

  1. I love the slot machines. I could stay there for hours. I don’t go often. I haven’t been since my daughter turned 21 two and a half years ago. I do have some luck but I don’t play big so when I win, the pot is smaller. I think the most I ever won in one jackpot was $1800 and that was playing quarter slots in Laughlin about ten years ago.

    I rarely buy lotto tickets. I did buy one last March while on a trip with my daughter. I got home and went online and it was a $5 winner (from a $1 ticket). Sadly, I’m not there to cash in my win!

    By the way, next time you have a bucket of quarters, there are easier, faster, and more profitable ways of getting rid of them. It’s called the Cashier! 😉

  2. I figure my chances of winning the lottery are about the same as being sucked up by a tornado and spit back out alive.

    Don’t plan to do either. 🙂

  3. Yeah, but it would be fun to ride that tornado, Shawn! 🙂

  4. I know I won the lottery when I married Mrs. Random. By chance, I married a woman who was not only extraordinary but who also would put up with me.

    I won the second time when my daughter was born.

    We won the third time when we sued a deluded sort of crook sort of cult leader. We sued him not to recover what we had invested (which was trivial and he offered us our money back just to get us out of his hair) but to stop him from preying on any more people.
    He lived a “judgment free” life style so we didn’t expect to collect any money (putting all his possessions in his girl friend’s name) but we sued her as well and to our amazement, actually won and collected some money. It was sort of a bounty hunter’s bonus.

    Random Granddaughter is my fourth winning lottery ticket. Pandemonic has already spoken to what a good ticket she is.

    I suspect reality is going to stop me while I am ahead.

  5. 🙂 I’d say you hit the jackpot, RN.

  6. In the grand scheme of risk-taking, I think you’re doing pretty well with lottery tickets.

    Do you ever win?

  7. Never, Little Fisher Price Doll. But I’m thinking there will be a big payoff someday.

  8. Interesting post. I have never played a lottery or bought a ‘scratchcard’ ticket or gambled in a casino. Its not that I have any particular moral abhorrence for it, I just ‘know’ I wont’ win. I’m just not lucky. 🙂

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