As I was driving home yesterday, I noticed a new billboard for a casino about a half hour away and it got me thinking. My first gambling encounter was at a horse track when I was about 8. I was spending a Saturday afternoon at a friend's house when her mom was called in to work. Her dad had promised to meet a friend at the race track, so he brought us along.
We went into a smoky room with lots of people and he gave us each $2. We bet on the horses whose names we liked best. My horse did well and I made $6! I remember being so excited. My friend earned $1 from her bet. She picked a horse for the next round and then asked for my pick.
I was so confused. I had just won $6! C'mon, I could buy SIX packs of Lisa Frank stickers with that money! But my friend was betting again, so I did too. And kept betting, until neither of us had any money left. Bummer.
My second go round was when my husband took me to a casino the week after my 21st birthday. We played some penny slots, had a few (overpriced) drinks, and watched some table games. It was an enjoyable evening, especially the people watching. Mr. G even played a round of electronic blackjack and won $20! Which he lost in the next two rounds, haha.
So I can at least say I've experienced a few kinds of gambling (although I've never bought a lottery ticket), and I think I'm satisfied to leave it at that. My parents aren't gamblers, so maybe that's why I'm not either? I think I'm just a low-risk kind of person . . I'd rather not take the risk of losing money :)
Do you gamble?