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Gambling And Addictions, If Only I'd Win! – La - La Land
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Gambling And Addictions, If Only I\'d Win! – La  -  la Land

What would you do if you won?

How many times, after buying a lotto ticket, have you dreamt of how you would spend your winnings? I dream, but I cannot spend it all in my head and I never win. But is it not wonderful to live in that dream world for a short time?

The arithmetical computations of the chances of your numbers being drawn, beyond the worth of calculation, yet someone almost always wins. The longer there is not a winner, the bigger that winning prize gets. The bigger it gets, the more time you dream of how to spend it. I often wonder if buying the 3 or 4 lines I invest in, is not for the chance to spend time in fantasy land.

Gambling, I'm told is addictive, certainly not for me, on the few occasions that I've been to a Casino, it's been to give them money. Not being a big gambler the wife and I will agree on five hundred each and when its finished, it's over. Well that takes me about ten minutes. I have a natural instinct to select the “thank you” one-arm-bandits, those, that when you pull the arm, or press the button, say “thank you” most polite and they say it every time.

The others around me can get pictures to stop on the demarcated lines, mine never do, I've even asked how they do it, but their looks warn me they're not going to share. I shout for joy when a single cheery stops on the line, I wait for ringing bells and flashing lights. Most of all, I expect to see coins gushing out of a hole, hidden somewhere on the machine. Those around me stare in disbelief at my antics, once when I got two pictures to end on the line, a cheery and an apple, both at the same time. I warned all around not to touch my bandit, while I went in search of my wife, to tell her the good news.

She has more luck than I, and can spend an hour or two with her money. Although not even she will share the secret with me. So while she plays, I stroll amid the gamblers giving their money to the casino in their own chosen way. I love to watch people and this seems an opportune time, older women and men, as well as the younger women all seem to sit glued to the bandits, the men folk at the tables, cards in hand, or watching a small ball carouse its way around a roulette drum.

The concentration and facial contortions displayed, similar to children writing for the first time. Men cowering as the roulette drum slows, card holders closing their eyes as the croupier deals the last card. Those on the bandits looking as if they are in a shoot out with the fastest gun in the west. Disappointment, when the tumblers turn that last ten degrees, robbing them of a fortune. Fists pumping the air when a line sought appears on the bandit, or the ball stops in the right place in the wheel.

Is the addiction for giving money away, or is it for winning? I've never seen anyone win big money in a Casino. Sure the Lotto has made many over night millionaires, but not Casinos, they're rig to win. No casino has gone belly up, bankrupt or placed into liquidation, no one I know has broken the bank of a Casino. Sure many robbed, but that's with a machine gun and wearing a face mask, not the sort of attire I wear when visiting. How then is there an addiction?

I don't know why I go to a Casino, it would be cheaper if I mailed them the five hundred and saved the petrol. The same goes for my odd splurge on the Lotto, but in this case at least I get the dreams that come with my ticket, how am I going to spend it. You should see me in my new car that I buy with every tickets dream.


Street Talk

I like your honesty in this article. I have been to the casino but play small and on a limited budget. And I think you are correct in saying that the Casino's are rigged to win.Sure!

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you Patti, for the read and comment.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks for your article Rob! I have only been to Vegas once! I could see where it is addicting!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for the read and comment Beth...

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  about 9 years ago

I think that most lottery players are poor hence the need but when these people win amazing amounts they don't know how to cope. It's very dis-proportionate to their former lives. I've probably bought 5/6 tickets ever but my sister religiously invests every week. I think I'll wish her luck and hope for the promised "gift" if she's successful! P.S. our Dad was a bit of a flutterer. Thanks 4 the article.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Kim yes I take every now and again the adage "you can't catch a fish if you don't have a line in the water" keeps me taking but only on the big ones. I enjoyed writing the article for a chuckle.

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  about 1 decade ago

I live in Las Vegas and I do try to remember to donate $10 a year to that local industry. I can not even Dream about winning... Being an engineer, I know that those buildings do not get built by letting people win. Your article, Rob, is much more enjoyable than gambling to me!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Sherry, you live in Las Vegas and don't gamble, now that takes discipline

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Haha, I have a friend who wants to go to the casinos all the time. The only way he can get me to go is by getting tickets to a show there. I get bored gambling. Who needs it when your whole life is a gamble. Busman's holiday? He wins and loses. I don't get it. On the other hand, lotto is a hoot! I always fantasize about winning the jackpot, say $150 million.

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  about 1 decade ago

That is the only gambling I do and not every week, I like to let it get to the 50 mill. level this gives me enough to spend in my head. I have always wanted a cheque of that size and then to go to the Bank Manager and ask for an over draft, and when he stops laughing, to show him the cheque, can you imagine the reaction.

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Bring a camera so that you can catch it for posterity. I would love to see his face.

  
  about 1 decade ago
Al4256  

Good reading rob, I like to dream the same way when I have a lottery ticket in my pocket. I guess anytime your readers can relate to what an article has to say, it hits thumbs up.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks AI4256, I like your comment, much appreciated.

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  about 1 decade ago
hayley  

one day i WILL win the lotto lol

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  about 1 decade ago

My turn is also coming, hayley, and when it does I will probably have a heart attack and not be able to enjoy it.

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  about 1 decade ago

In that case my wish is you don't win Rob. You've painted a very vivid picture and I just don't get it how people can go for hours (not to mention regularly). I can't handle noise and lights so maybe the appeal isn't there to go in the first place.

  
  about 1 decade ago
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