I don't buy lottery tickets because I think that is real gambling. It does a lot of good for the elderly, though. The only thing I have ever had against gambling is that some people become addicted and take the food out of their children's mouths to gamble.
Our best friends and my husband and I played pinochle once a week, and then usually played poker for pennies--dealer's choice. I couldn't win at all, so it's a good thing we gave all the money back to each other! I would be an absolute delight if I ever played at Las Vegas.
That said, I have been watching Texas Holdem poker on the Travel Channel every Wed. night! My opinion has changed somewhat. It's a skill, and, although luck plays a part, it's obvious that there is skill involved. So, this "prude" is beginning to think that it is like entering your dog in a show or the bowling tournament that was mentioned, and certainly less of a gamble, which BINGO certainly is. I admit that we often play bingo for prizes at birthday parties. I buy all the gifts; noone has to pay, but we have been known to play a coverall at the end for
10 cents each. (Hey, big spender!!) OK, you can turn me in now. I'll see you when I get out of the big house!!!
When we played poker with our friends, I played a real ladies' game, 7 card stud, blind, with deuces or Murphys (five and ten) wild. The men just groaned! I think I'll go hunt that Texas hold 'em free game. I'm not about to pay money. I can't even win at Blackjack.....
I do worry about those who get addicted, though.