Sometimes I play blackjack online. It is free and I can take crazy chances without risking any real money. There is $1,000 in your account when you start and I never run out of money because I never lose. I don’t play for money because I don’t have any money but I can see the appeal of gambling to make a few bucks. It just seems so easy.
I have a strategy that never fails. I start with small winning bets that get me up over the $1,000 kitty then I never bet any more than the amount above that $1,000 base. I don’t lose. Sometimes I do crazy stuff like asking for a hit when I am at 19 just to run the pot down and I do lose then but that is when I want the game to be over and I am trying to lose.
It would be so easy to apply my conservative betting strategy to real betting. There is no rush to bet at an online casino. There are no distracting noises and you have time to consider the best option for the bets. The few times when I have been on a losing streak I can feel the anxiousness that comes with watching your money disappear. That anxiousness makes me want to continue to bet to recoup my losses instead of walking away when I am down just a little bit. I understand how that can take hold of a person.
Because I am so successful in the free area it makes me wonder if the odds aren’t slanted slightly in my favour to encourage me to go over to the dark side, to give my credit card information and make a real bet. After all I never lose.
http://ca.888.com/casino/casino-games/play-free-blackjack.htm Try your luck but stay on the free side.
The main prize in the Spanish Christmas Lottery in 2012 was $941 million.
I do gamble. The Heart And Stroke Foundation sells a calendar with 3 winning $5,000 draws made every day and with extra draws for larger amounts on Fridays and other special days. It only costs $25 and I split it with a relative who apparently isn’t very lucky because this is our third year with the calendar and we have never won anything. With almost 1,150 draws per year we have now lost 2,850 times.
With just over 3 months left in the year the Heart And Stroke Foundation has just sent me a reminder that it is time to purchase the 2014 calendar to take advantage of the early bird draws. Will I buy again? Of course. How long can a losing streak continue?
Canadians spent $3 billion on lottery tickets last year. Stats Can reports that most players report spending $225 per year on lottery. Stats Can reports that most people under report their lottery spending by about 50%.
Decades ago my province of Ontario started a weekly lottery called Lottario. My dad would play the same numbers every week. It was just $2. Later that lottery morphed or was absorbed in to the larger 6/49 draw. The price increased and they moved from 1 draw per week to 2. My dad continued to play his old numbers. He has estimated his lottery spending to be over $20,000. He wins free tickets and the occasional $5 or $10 prize but he would have to win very big to recoup what he spent.
25% of all big lottery winners blow it all and declare bankruptcy. I am hopeful that I would not be so crazy with my money to blow it all.
If I did win big I would pay off my debt but I would not pay off my sons’ student debts. They are living large on OSAP (Ontario Student Assistant Program) loans and their student lines of credit and I am prepared to help them in life but not until they demonstrate that they can be responsible with their money.
If I was American and won big I would pay the health insurance fees for lots of friends and relatives. Lack of a government funded health care program keeps many Americans in or near poverty.
I would help out a few people who deserve a hand up and not a hand out. I would help some charities too but I would focus on small charities, like local soup kitchens and mental health outreach programs, where I could see my money making a difference.
Hiring a house cleaner would be number 1 on my indulgent spending list and even if I won a very small amount, over what I owe on debt, I would spend that on having a team to come in and give the place an occasional good cleaning.
Not buying lottery tickets is my best chance at getting ahead. I will buy continue to buy the lottery calendar because I am too afraid to stop now. They have to draw our names eventually. Right?
A technical question for other bloggers
I have been approved for Flex Offers ads. I can see how to capture the link at Flex Offers but I have no idea how or where to put this html link on to my site. I need to have 1 ad pay me $1 before the end of 2013 so that I can officially declare this blog a legitimate business and deduct some of the expenses.
Debt on January 1, 2013 $20,800
Debt on September 25, 2013 $12,761.