Wednesday, July 29, 2009


With the state of the current economy, a lot of people are hoping to ride it through by either drowning their sorrows or hoping to win it big with gambling. Like with most difficult financial periods, people still find the money for alcohol, cigarettes and gambling. This is great news for lotto retailers and casinos but not so good for the rest of us who are hoping that by twist of luck, that is how we will make our millions. Already very addictive, lottos and casinos have not seen a downward swing in players like other venues and activities have. This is in part to the "maybe" factor. MAYBE tonight's my night; MAYBE I'll pick those lucky numbers; MAYBE I'll be at the right machine. The truth is, the likelihood of hitting it big with the lotto is 1 in 14,000,000 and the odds at a casino is just as big. This is not to say I am against gambling, absolutely not, I enjoy the occasional "scratch and win" and I am part of a lotto group at work. It is just sad to see many people who (these days) are so down on their luck, turning to something which in the long run will turn into a bigger problem. Play responsibly and as the OLG says, "know your limit, play within it".

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