Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance
April 10, 2016
If this is true, I assume the effect isn't significant enough to overcome the house advantage.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sep 7, 1937
March 26, 2016
Perhaps some of you living in the U.S. are playing the Safeway/Albertsons/Vons/etc. Monopoly game
, which runs from Feb 3 to May 3. (For those not playing, it's a promotion in which you receive game pieces when you shop at these stores, and if you get the right combination of pieces you win various prizes).
Those playing might be interested in the experience of the "Slot Sisters"
who committed themselves BIG TIME to the game when it ran last year.
By making mass purchases of Ramen noodles, they managed to acquire 42,000 game tickets. They also toured through 6 states, driving close to 3000 miles, because they thought that getting tickets in different locations would increase their chances of winning.
Their final grand total of winnings was $365 in gift cards and $800 in free groceries. Not a great return on investment. As they note, it's "not a game for people on a food budget."
And yet they promised that they'll be playing again this year.
January 15, 2016
In 1997 Steve Caldicott of Birmingham placed a bet with William Hill Bookmakers that his son Jack, who was 3½ months old, would score a goal for England in the World Cup final in 2018. If he scores, Steve will win $1.67 million.
Jack is now 19. Any sign that he's a budding soccer star? He's still got two years to go. But, of course, England will also have to make it to the World Cup final.
Southern Illinoisan - Jan 16, 1997
December 9, 2015
Over at about.com, I did a two-part series exploring the dark underbelly of bingo — articles here
My favorite story was the 1990 case of a grandmother who started having non-stop orgasms and developed lesbian tendencies after a bingo scoreboard fell on her head.
May 29, 2014
Based on the description, it doesn't sound like this was particularly cruel to the rat, though perhaps slightly stressful for it. Apparently the Humane Society got custody of the rat once the game was closed down.
Source: Santa Cruz Evening News
- Jun 15, 1939
December 13, 2013
Camelot, makers of a "Cool Cash" lottery scratchcard, thought the rules of the game were fairly simple. Users could win a prize if the number revealed by scratching off the window was "a lower temperature than the one displayed on each card." But the company had to withdraw the card after numerous people became confused by these rules. Case in point, Tina Farrell of Manchester who said:
"On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn't. I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher - not lower - than -8 but I'm not having it."
October 28, 2013
"Numbers are very unpredictable....Let's use a little bit of reality..."
Uh, yeah, right, um, just remembered, I left the cat boiling back home--gotta run!
September 13, 2013
Back in 1978, Orson Welles did an advertising film for Caesars Palace, designed to teach would-be tourists how to gamble. I guess he needed the money. But he nevertheless goes through the rules of baccarat, craps, etc. with his distinctive style.
February 15, 2013
October 29, 2012
The rules are that players bet on a 54-number grid. Then they wait for a chicken to poop somewhere on the grid. So it sounds more like Chicken Poop Roulette, than Bingo, since you don't wait to get a bingo. According to the Wall Street Journal
, the game was invented in a New Orleans bar during the 1980s. There's also a version that involves cow poop.