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Stanley Sea  Jan 24, 2018 • 7:51:41pm

I think you need to have a journal handy to record your encounters.

There’s nothing like a convenience store person. They see everyone.

There could be a book. There really could be a book in this experience.

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William Lewis  Jan 24, 2018 • 8:14:02pm

Actually, I was thinking about poetry, perhaps a long sequence of tanka, like my last long poem.

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jhncsy  Jan 25, 2018 • 6:54:30am

I used to buy tickets every day when I was going from one temp job to the next. Finding stable employment helped me slowly wean myself off the habit, from two a week to once a week to twice a month. Then Trump got elected and all my hard work disappeared as I went into panic mode.

I’ve got a second job at a convenience store now, and I buy fewer tickets than ever. Being able to see my bills go down helps keep the fear away. I sometimes wonder about our customers- you probably get the same types. We have the regulars passing in on their way home, we have people stopping in for their daily or weekly game, we have the hardcore types who’ll drop almost a hundred. Only a few seem to have fun- there are two brothers with a set amount to spend, who treat coming here like going to a casino. Many just seem to be going through the motions, and a few get angry.

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William Lewis  Jan 25, 2018 • 7:10:38am

re: #3 jhncsy

I used to buy tickets every day when I was going from one temp job to the next. Finding stable employment helped me slowly wean myself off the habit, from two a week to once a week to twice a month. Then Trump got elected and all my hard work disappeared as I went into panic mode.

I’ve got a second job at a convenience store now, and I buy fewer tickets than ever. Being able to see my bills go down helps keep the fear away. I sometimes wonder about our customers- you probably get the same types. We have the regulars passing in on their way home, we have people stopping in for their daily or weekly game, we have the hardcore types who’ll drop almost a hundred. Only a few seem to have fun- there are two brothers with a set amount to spend, who treat coming here like going to a casino. Many just seem to be going through the motions, and a few get angry.

Oh, yes, I know all the types you’ve seen. I don’t mind the ones with a small set budget but the ones who come in and drop $40 on 2 big scratch offs and then come back 2 or 3 times within an hour as none of them pay and finally leave after having spent $120? For nothing? Or the ones that look at the percentage of prizes - lets say 70% have a “win” on them and they think “Ah, I’m sure to better on this” but only win $1 back on a $10 ticket. A winner to be sure, just like they “won” with Pumpkin Pinochet…

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Unshaken Defiance  Jan 25, 2018 • 7:51:49am

This is one of the most thought provoking Pages written by one of us in a long time for me. I hardly give the lottery a second thought apart from the odd couple dollars I do spend when the pot is so big it’s a state budget.

I saw what California legislators did with the whole thing, “for the schools!!” propaganda, all of it. Not an honest moment in our political history. I have no answers either. But I do now think I can just not participate anymore. Too many misgivings.

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William Lewis  Jan 25, 2018 • 10:27:59am

Sometimes I wonder if the idea of karma is true - I certainly can see the cosmic irony here. Our gambling is easy to see as being very similar to what our ancestors selling alcohol did to the Native Americans…

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dangerman  Jan 25, 2018 • 12:44:22pm

i know we’ve discussed it before:

“mathematicians don’t play the lotto”

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Shropshire Slasher  Jan 29, 2018 • 4:24:40am

Great page!
Lottery is the opium for the masses.


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