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I am a member of the church of Christ. I have been writing things since I was little. Some have been printed, some posted. I write to teach or encourage; to blow off steam; and for fun! I had my own motorcycle in my 40s; I was a bluegrass music DJ for about 13 years; I've performed some. I am a member of the NRA. In 2003 (age 59), I became high partial legally blind; in 2005, I had to get hearing aids! Franklin Field said: "Poor eyes limit your sight; poor vision limits your deeds". And no kidding, the picture was made April, 2012!

Friday, March 26, 2010

LOTTERY LOSERS

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some points about gambling. My sister sent a link to me which is worth looking up. On March 16, 2006, Andy Rooney, on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes", did a bit about lottery losers. He makes some good points. You can find it by searching "lottery losers". I also found a link to lottery loser stories. You might think twice about going to a casino, or a "charity bingo" place. Just because something is legal does not mean it is right.

One Saturday maybe 8 years ago, out of curiosity, I decided to pay $20 and ride a tour bus to Philadephia, Mississippi, to the casino. Because I do not gamble, I took along a book to read. That was my first and only time inside a casino.

The bus ride was OK, but it seemed that most of the riders were older women who didn't look like they had much of this world's goods. Inside the casino, the noise was almost deafening. The place was dark, except for a lot of lights, including strobes, which were enough to make you think you were hallucinating. You were directed to a counter to get $10 in coins and a voucher for a meal. I headed for the restaurant, stayed a good while, and ate too much. There were a few little shops, and I bought 2 bracelets for almost nothing. There was no place to sit other than in front of the slot machines. The day was nice, so I went outside and sat on the ground until time for the bus to leave.

It seemed that there were no "winners" on the way home because, while the trip there was like a noisy party, the trip back was mostly quiet. I wonder how much rent and food money was throw away. I won't say "lost" because I know where the money went. The only "winners" are the casino owners.

1 comment:

JLI said...

So true, Netagene. I've gambled twice in my life. $20 each time. Once I lost it all, the other time I got lucky and left with $40 more than I started with. Still, the best part was the free sodas they give you. It just boils down to poor stewardship. We're working too hard for too little these days...why throw it away like that?

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