Do you play the LOTTERY?

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  • Foolednomore

    Speaking of stocks, an elder told me that since I'm doing so well. I should give my money to the Borg. I told him that since the borg is having money issues, they should hire me to clean their financial house. I'll get their books in order.

  • peacefulpete

    Funny, my folks used to send in publisher's clearing house sweepstakes hoping of course to win the million dollars 💵. They said it wasn't gambling if it only cost a stamp and envelope.

    What is gambling? Taking a risk? Is it greed? Is it investing on a longshot?

    It's all semantics and splitting hairs. I have bought penny stocks. I have taken a chance and bought low priced cars sight unseen. I bought past dated milk half price. I bought tickets for Trout Unlimited dinners and won door prizes. I got out of bed.

  • peacefulpete

    Then maybe we should cast lots to decide what to do.

  • StephaneLaliberte

    I do, I buy lottery tickets from times to times and I go to the casino on occasion.

    My take on it is that I pay for the "dream", for the possibility of getting rich or making some serious money. I know that the odds are so against me that the chances can be rounded off to no chance at all, but what if? What if I'm one in a million on that day?

    So, that stupid question cost me about 7$ in lottery tickets per months and 400 to 600$ per year at the casino. That's how much that thrill is worth to me based on my finances today.

    Unfortunately, some people take it too far, believe in lady luck, or that God himself could literally spin things in their favor and loose everything! Some even hang themselves in the bathroom stalls of the casino that took them everything.

  • MeanMrMustard

    Yep. Just the small stuff. For my kids some $5 tickets for Xmas.

    My son won $50.

  • Nikolaus
    When we helped an MS moving, a lottery receipt came to daylight behind the fridge. Was a little embarrassing. But no consequences followed as far as I remember.
  • slimboyfat
    When we helped an MS moving, a lottery receipt came to daylight behind the fridge. Was a little embarrassing. But no consequences followed as far as I remember.

    Ah the joys of JW life, never knowing when some misstep or thought crime might disclose itself unprompted to expose you to the instant scorn of the brothers.

  • Duran

    Wife and I went to Vegas, not so much for Vegas but because it was convenient to fly, and hotel stay there and then rent car to go to Grand Canyon. Her JW sister and brother in-law (elder) went too. Brother in-law mocks people as we walk through the casino going to and from our rooms. 'Look at all these people wasting their money', etc.

    At one point we were standing around talking near some slot machines and near them there were some arcade machines and one of them was the claw machine to try to grab something. He and his wife would not play the slot machines because that was evil wasting your money gambling and as JW's they didn't do that.

    Well wouldn't you know it, they had NO PROBLEM playing the claw machine. As I stood there and watched I thought what in the heck was the difference of him putting dollar bills in the claw machine one after another, moving a little stick around and then pushing a button, trying over and over to win a dumbass stuff animal compared to putting dollar bills into slot machine and pulling a lever or pushing a button, to try to win whatever the cash payouts were.

  • St George of England
    St George of England

    I have never bought a lottery ticket or a raffle ticket. However, I do have Premium Bonds and it used to be said that a JW should not buy these as it is gambling with the interest.

    I have received far more in winnings than if I had put that money in the bank. The winnings are also tax free which can be handy depending on your level of taxable interest. (UK)


  • FedUpJW

    Nope, don't play lottery or any other small betting games. Has nothing to do with having been a hard-core JW in the past. I was told once by a guy I worked with, "You can't win if you don't play." My reply was, "YOU play, and YOU haven't won yet. I don't play and I haven't LOST. So I guess I am a winner!"

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