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Everyone has their own retirement plan. Mine: here in Canuckistan, pennies have been eliminated. If you pay cash, the amount is rounded to the nearest 5 cents. Non-cash payment is still exact because it doesn't involve coins. SoOOoo... if I buy something and the price is being rounded down I pay cash (win!) and if the price is being rounded up (dirty plasters) I use debit. Umma retire filthy rich!
 

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I buy a few lottery tickets a week. However, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t blow money in bars and I seldom eat out by myself. So buying a few bucks worth of lottery tickets isn’t a big deal for me. It’s a chance to dream, even if the odds are 1 in 300 million. Unlike the Nigerian prince scam, people actually do win the lottery every now and then. I believe that if somebody wins the lottery, it’s not the lottery’s fault if that person cannot act responsibly with their winnings. There are people who are financially astute, who handle their new-found wealth in a reasonable manner—we just don’t hear much about them, they quietly go about their lives. Furthermore, there’s no shortage of temptations out there for the “poor folks” to waste their money on. Should we tell them they can’t splurge on candy bars or eat fast food because they have kids at home to buy shoes for? Yes, gambling addiction is a real thing—so is food addiction and sex addiction, shall we ban those too? People are responsible for their own decisions. If they waste money on lottery tickets instead of handling their finances wisely, that’s on them, not the lottery.
 

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My point was that the "your" money concept applied to poor families who believe in the promise/ dream of winning the lottery, very commonly ends up as borderline criminal neglect of their children.
Child abuse and neglect laws imply or stipulate that parents MUST properly care for their childen, even if it leaves little $$ for booze drugs and gambling.

Locking tuners hurt no-one, but lottery tickets are a well known harmful scenario, which is why just like booze, the ads have a disclaimer to "play" responsibly.
Interesting also to consider that financially secure lottery players see it as a game, while financially struggling families see it as an investment.

Society has a limited capacity to see society.
Many of us think or believe that problems in other parts of society "are not that bad/ do not exist/ only happen to lazy people of poor character" etc.
But poor families commonly see the lottery as their only escape from their miserable poverty.
they are likely not wrong.

I once worked with an old guy who told me 'the enemy is the do gooder' and I was astounded. this guy was salt of the earth, super generous, took everyone under his wing... so, I asked him, 'what do you mean?' and he said, 'the guy who knows what is best for you will take away everything that you love and replace it with what you 'should love'. I understood what he meant.

I worked in the hollers of eastern Kentucky for 5 years and saw poverty. you could see just awful houses, with dirt floors, but... they'd have a satellite dish. I thought 'that is so crazy'... but, I was lucky and kept my mouth shut. I came to learn a LOT about poverty and the generationally poor and the likely destined to be poor.... that satellite dish brought in the one ray of hope, the one moment where the crush of poverty wasn't omnipresent.

These folks were in dry counties where drug and alcohol addiction ran amok. Prohibition and 'doing what is best' for people is sanctimonious and non functional.

When we were kids living in Tahoe, my grandma would come up to visit and we'd all save a quarter for her to 'play her numbers' hoping we'd get rich. She didn't have a pot to pee in, but we had a moment where there was a chance. I dunno man, I am well aware of the gambling addiction, I just think the lottery is the least of the overall sin matrix.
 

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Everyone has their own retirement plan. Mine: here in Canuckistan, pennies have been eliminated. If you pay cash, the amount is rounded to the nearest 5 cents. Non-cash payment is still exact because it doesn't involve coins. SoOOoo... if I buy something and the price is being rounded down I pay cash (win!) and if the price is being rounded up (dirty plasters) I use debit. Umma retire filthy rich!
Man, I had better do something with the big bucket of pennies I've had forever before they do that here. I hate pennies (don't know why) so every time I get some I toss them in the bucket. It's too heavy to move, let alone lift.
 

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Man, I had better do something with the big bucket of pennies I've had forever before they do that here. I hate pennies (don't know why) so every time I get some I toss them in the bucket. It's too heavy to move, let alone lift.

Roll them and cash them in. There was a grace period here but now, they are worthless.
 
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thats loony!

Nyet, this is loonie.

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The odds are terrible. They're even worse if you don't play.
and yet about the same, actually
Yeppers...it's really dumb.....until you WIN the Jackpot 🤩 🥳😍

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Yahoo ! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Nah, it'd still be dumb. Just imagine the farcial ridiculousness of that cosmic joke having been played on you
 
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I went thru a little phase of gambling obsession myself. I loved playing craps. Many times when my wife and I were in Vegas, she would get tired and go up to the room and I would stay in the casino and play craps until daylight. This never went over over too well though. When they opened the casinos here in Detroit I started going a little too often. I was the guy that read books on what the best craps strategy was. I loved the whole probability and statistics thing. I used the excuse that craps was the game that the house had the least advantage on (except single hand Black Jack). I finally got my head out of my you know what and stopped before I did any damage. So I can understand that gambling can be an addiction for sure.
 

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I went thru a little phase of gambling obsession myself. I loved playing craps. Many times when my wife and I were in Vegas, she would get tired and go up to the room and I would stay in the casino and play craps until daylight. This never went over over too well though. When they opened the casinos here in Detroit I started going a little too often. I was the guy that read books on what the best craps strategy was. I loved the whole probability and statistics thing. I used the excuse that craps was the game that the house had the least advantage on (except single hand Black Jack). I finally got my head out of my you know what and stopped before I did any damage. So I can understand that gambling can be an addiction for sure.
My wife was a senior manager of a casino. She still holds a California Gaming License. She knows more about money and how the bills are made and how to detect fake money... and she knows gaming to the degree that playing cards with her within the 'gaming realm' is not fun.

My brother, being a numbnuts, used to want to play cards with her and after being destroyed, he'd say, 'I know you are cheating, but I just don't know how' and then tell some story about winning in vegas... before losing in vegas.

I love to play cards (not gambling games just campground type games) but, I never gamble in casinos or online... but, I do like to buy a lotto ticket. just one and just for the big dough. If I ever won, I'd enjoy life and hang out on TDPRI.
 




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