My luck is like a bald guy who just won a comb.
I’m not a big fan of football, but I am a fan of a good Super Bowl pool. Leslie and I have been playing them for years. In fact, for about 15 years, we were part of a pool where each box cost $100. We would each buy one box and then buy another box for my dad. The women running the pool (let’s call them “Bookies,” shall we?) would be in charge of collecting $10,000 and then pay out several different winnings before and after the game.
A couple of weeks before the big game, we’d all gather together when the Bookies randomly assigned numbers to the squares. If a player was assigned a square with like numbers (for instance, 6-6), they would immediately win $100 before the game was played. Several other combinations also produced early winners.
During the game, prizes were awarded depending on the score at the end of every quarter. If the score was 14-7, the square that had 4 and 7 won a prize, and a prize was also awarded to the square that had 7 and 4. You stood to win a lot of money at the end of the game, of course. For instance, if the final score was 32-21, you won big on the 2 and 1 square, and won a smaller prize if you had the 1 and 2 square. If you happened to be touching the winning box, other prize money was awarded.
The reason I tell this story? We’re gluttons for punishment, or we just like gambling. In the 15 years of this big pool, we won a few pre-game $100 prizes, and one year, I think we might have won $800. We touched the boxes touching the winning box, but that wasn’t a prize, of course.
I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, and this year, I’ll also be rooting for the four boxes I have that cost $5 each. This pool doesn’t have big payouts, but I’ll be happy to win my money back.