December 02, 2005

I Have A Confession

It's a dirty secret. I pay a poor tax, almost everyday.

I play the lottery. Why? I like games of chance. I am a sweepstakes, lottery, mystery shopper obsessed fool.

I especially like scratch-offs and tear-offs. I once spent $100 at the local VFW on tear-off tickets. (It was with $100 I won on the first $1 ticket).

I am a junkie. In fact, I even plopped down $20 for PA's Million Dollar Raffle because I have a 1 in 125,000 chance to win $1,000,000.00. Not bad odds.

Anyway, this is why I have never been to Las Vegas or Atlantic City. I have an addictive personality. I truly do. In highschool and college it was alcohol, then it was beanie babies, now? games of chance.

I feel bad too. For all the ranting and raving I do about government intrusion, and the lottery is one of those intrusions, I succumb to the pleasures of the scratch-off.

I have but one consolation, PA is the only state which dedicates all proceeds solely to programs for the elderly. Bah!

Is there a gambling program for persons addicted to sweepstakes? Arghhh!

Posted by Oddybobo at December 2, 2005 10:49 AM | TrackBack

When I was in college I would take some spare cash and buy a ticket or two every couple of weeks. I never was all that hooked on it. Today I just can't get into it.

Posted by: Contagion at December 2, 2005 10:59 AM

I love buying scratch-offs. I have to stay away from them.

Posted by: vw bug at December 2, 2005 11:27 AM

We buy tickets around here every so often just in case God wants us to have a "really good day". :)

Posted by: Richmond at December 2, 2005 09:11 PM

Heh. I should move to PA after I retire so that you'll pay my bills :-)

Posted by: Harvey at December 2, 2005 09:39 PM

Don't let Ogre find out. He hates that thing.

Posted by: The Babaganoosh at December 4, 2005 08:39 PM

I hate it when the state has a complete and total monopoly on it, not allowing any competition, and indeed, making it illegal for anyone BUT the state to run a gambling system.

And Oddy, you can check out Gamblers Anonymous ;)

It's actually primarily funded by states -- through lottery proceeds, believe it or not.

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