Hed the other evening and she told me a great story about her Grandpa going to play slots and winning a bunch of money. It was so cute and reminded me of something similar that happened to Pooldad and me.
Pooldad and I aren't gamblers. I can count on two fingers how many times I have been in a casino. We rarely even play the lottery but will on the occasion of a larger jackpot. We do live by the adage of "It only takes one ticket to win" so we limit our purchase of those to...one. At a time.
A few years ago there was a huge, multi-state lottery that reached into the 300 millions. Since the state we live in did not participate in this particular lottery we decided to drive approximately 40 minutes away, to neighboring WV and purchase one. It was a "date afternoon", so to speak. Quiet time and a beautiful drive.
On our way there we thought it would be fun to stop at the casino in Charles Town and play some slots and maybe have a nice dinner. Plus, we could purchase the lottery ticket there.
When we arrived I checked the bank account on the ATM and we decided that our limit would be $200. That would include slots, ticket, drinks and dinner. We figured we had hours of fun ahead of us.
Nope - it lasted 26 minutes.
The casino was packed! Since we like to be next to eachother when we do things we wandered around until we noticed a woman stand up and walk away from a machine with an empty seat next to her. We grabbed them. I had sat in her seat and it was warm! She must have been there a while.
Now, I don't really understand slot machines, but it is kind of fun and we only play the quarter slots. I put in a couple of dollars, with Pooldad doing the same. We hit the buttons, hit the buttons, hit the buttons...when his machine hit!
He was playing minimum bet and had won $40 on a quarter bet after using up about $4! Out of his $100 he now had $136. YAY. He felt pretty good so he sat and watched me. What I didn't realize is I was playing the maximum bet each time [told you I didn't know what I was doing] which was 75 cents a spin on this machine.
All of a sudden the machine lit up, bells went off and the money counter just started to go up. And up. And up....it just kept going. It went on for so long that I took a second to call the girls at home and let them listen to Mommy's money accumulate! It was surreal. People started to gather around to watch and when I glanced behind me I noticed the woman that had been in my seat earlier. She looked so mad. I felt bad, but um....
When the machine finally stopped I had won $480! For a total of $8 I had walked off with almost $500. YAY!
I have to say we didn't expect to go in there to win anything. We know that gambling favors the casino and we were willing and able, financially, to lose $200, but bonus! We won. So happy.
I looked at Pooldad, he looked at me and we nodded. It was time to get out. We had brought $200 and were walking with the original cash plus $508!
Banner day. We did buy a couple of those lottery tickets we originally came for and a drink to celebrate but we knew it was time to get the heck out of there.
That was five years ago and the last time we have been to a casino - but it was a really nice 26 minutes.
Note: This post was also inspired by Teresa at the Middle Side of Life* because we have been wishing for the lottery to solve her money woes. And also by Colenic who wrote a lovely post wishing the same thing.
*Petey Award #1