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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: April 12, 2007, 11:03 am - IP Logged

What would you do if you knew someone that is spending $100 per day on instant games ?

It is insane to do so, and this person keeps making excuses and giving deadlines to "cut back " but has not.

By the way, the amount of wins are basically nothing... so indeed it is throwing the money away.

 

                               

              

 

 

    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: April 12, 2007, 11:25 am - IP Logged

    It's difficult to say, DoubleDown, because it really depends on your relationship.  If the person has a gambling problem, meaning it is having a devastating effect on his/her life, then counseling is needed. However, an intervention doesn't work unless someone has a desire to stop whatever he/she is addicted to like drinking, drugs or gambling.  Sometimes a person will stop for a short time, but a commitment to change is always the key to any bad habit.

    $100 a day is a lot of money to lose.  I once posted that I often lost hundreds when I used to take vacations in Vegas or Aruba, but I budgeted that into my trip cost before I went.  Then I stopped going to places where they have gambling or I'd book a hotel without a casino.  I never had what anyone would call a gambling problem, but I knew I should just stay away from it. 

    I guess the only opinion I can post here is that if this person is a close friend or relative, I'd try to counsel him.  You really can't do anything to help if an adult won't listen, but it never hurts to sit down and have a serious chat with someone you care about. Just keep the conversation non-judgmental without attacking the person's character. It's the behavior you dislike, not the person.

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      Posted: April 12, 2007, 11:33 am - IP Logged

      BTW, I rated this topic "good" and the stars began to flash. But then I got an error message about fetching data.  Now there is no rating.  I tried again and got the same message. (used both IE-7 and Netscape 8.1)

        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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        Posted: April 12, 2007, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

        $100 a day for instant lottery games?  Either this person is too rich for their own good or they are borrowing and stealing money from their friends and family.  If it's the latter then it's time their friends and family showed some tough love and stopped supporting their addiction.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: April 13, 2007, 8:06 am - IP Logged

          Thanks for the advice...

          There is no stealing going on, nor is there borrowing.

          It's coming right out of the atm.

          I will plan to sit down and have a little discussion with the person and see if I can make them rationalize the folly of "trying too hard' to win.

           

                                         

                        

           

           

            Raven62's avatar - binary
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            Posted: April 13, 2007, 9:30 am - IP Logged

            Talking about some serious money:

            $100 x 7 = $700/wk

            $700 x 365 = $36,400/yr

            Talk to the folks at Gamblers Anonymous to educate yourself as to what kind of help is available for people with a gambling problem.

            http://www.gagamblinghelpline.org/

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