Lucky ~

Almost ten years ago our family went on a cruise that sailed the Caribbean. Every evening the attentive staff would arrive to turn down our bed, twist up those crazy animal towels and leave a printed itinerary of the next days events. On the days we were sea bored…really, seaboard, but I couldn’t resist, Ty would plan our day. He wanted to play bingo the next morning so I agreed to go with him. We walked in and paid to play in the four games they were playing at that sitting. The game started and after a while I was pleasantly surprised when my card filled and I had a bingo! Yay me. I had to stand up and do the little bingo dance and tell everyone my name. They gave me my winning receipt to exchange in the casino for my loot. THAT was fun. So, we started the second game, and my card filled up…again, and I yelled bingo. Lucky you the emcee said as I did the bingo dance and got my winning receipt. Three times a charm right? Lucky me…my card filled up yet again and that time I tentatively yelled out bingo. By then I was on the receiving end of some pretty unhappy stares. People, hello…bingo is all luck, there isn’t an ounce of skill required. Game four was on. The emcee called out letters and numbers and deep into the game Ty leaned over and said to me, “mom, if they call out that last spot on your card, whatever you do, DO NOT yell bingo.” Thank goodness somebody else yelled bingo that game, but I was only one space away from winning game four. What kind of luck does it take to win three out of four bingo games in a row?

Since that lucky day, I’ve sometimes wondered how that could happen. How would you calculate the odds for that? I’m not a gambler and only occasionally play the Texas Lottery. I sure didn’t feel lucky that day, I just was. More on luck later…

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