Playing Bingo is as exciting as waking up on Christmas morning–without the gifts. Players make the mistake of thinking their wallet loves the game as much as they do. Bingo will literally take all your paycheck; disability check, social security, alimony, child support, — and whatever other money you have access to. And it will take it without remorse.
I’ve been among those who eagerly rush through the doors of a Bingo hall–ready to play–hoping the odds are in my favor. I was a rookie player whose wallet was knocked around too many times. I was glad to come out of the ring. I couldn’t afford to keep taking the punches, blindly hoping to land a punch of my own–like winning the jackpot, for instance.
Don’t play Bingo out of desperation. Prize amounts will blind you and you won’t see the odds.
The lineup in the Bingo session I played looked like this:
- 7 pack games paying $499 each
- 3-part Jackpot game totaling $2,000
- 25 side games paying $50 each
- 2-part Bonanza totaling $300
- Lucky seven paying $150
- Letter “M” paying $499
Looks inviting, huh? Yes. You think you can win if your numbers fall–but chances are you will leave Bingo a loser more times than you will leave a winner. You “might” win a $50 side game, but that won’t satisfy the $100 you probably spent for the computer buy-in, all the side games, and extra sheets. Besides, there are 300 other people in the room playing for the same win you want.
Bingo is recreation, a pastime, and should never be viewed as a means to an end.
You can walk away vindicated, if you win. Some of the money you’ve lost would be yours again. But that’s a big “if”. It’s never good to play Bingo out of desperation. Nor is it wise to risk your fixed household budget, such as your car note or your mortgage payment.
I made the mistake of playing Bingo with money allocated for household expenses once and lost it. You don’t want to go through that kind of anguish–particularly when you’ve burned all your bridges. It’s okay to love Bingo; just know it doesn’t love you.