Not Quite Bingo

| Friendly | October 8, 2015

(I’m idly chatting with a middle aged woman who clearly isn’t very well off. The subject turns to gambling and I mention blackjack and horse handicapping as ways you can actually profit at gambling.)

Woman: “I already know how to make money gambling.”

Me: “How?”

Woman: “Bingo!”

Me: “Um… you DO realize you can’t win deliberately at that?”

Woman: *pouting slightly* “Well, someone wins.”

Me: “Yes, and 300 other people in the room lose. The only people who win routinely are the owners of the Bingo parlor.”

Woman: “Oh.”

(She got quiet and looked like her dog just died. This clearly never occurred to her. Good thing I never mentioned lotteries!)

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