Photo: Ernst Vikne
I’m not sure when the average child gets exposed to gambling, but I personally got a fairly young start.
No my parents didn’t drag me to the casinos or horse racing track as a toddler. Instead I took the initiative with getting into gambling on my own.
My Early Adventures With Scratch and Win Tickets
I must’ve been only 6 or 7 at the time, but I clearly remember walking into that corner store with my $5 in hand. My best friend had let me in on a little secret – this particular corner store owner had no problem making some extra money by selling lottery tickets to minors. I guess in the poorer area of a small town, people can easily get away with things like that. Seriously though, profiting off kids like that?! Come on man!
So without hesitation this guy hands over my five gold rush scratch and win tickets. Here I was thinking I was being a smart entrepreneur. If I was buying five of them, I thought I was almost guaranteed to win. Little did I know that the system is designed to make the government money, not to make all the suckers rich. Continue reading