Monday, April 14, 2008

I Think My Father Got Me

It was the mid/late seventies and I was just a little girl. The Maryland State Lottery during those days had several different lottery games that you could play. They even had monthly subscriptions which I don't think they have today.

Well, one of the games you could play was called The Numbers Game. It's exactly like the Pick 3 and Pick 4 game of today.

Anyway, on one beautiful Saturday afternoon, my mother and I were at the grocery store picking up groceries for the house. As we checked out I noticed on my right hand side there was a customer service counter where you could process returns, send Western Unions, purchase money orders and you guessed it....purchase lottery tickets.

I begged my mother to give me $1.00 so that I could play The Numbers Game. "Come on mom. Can I pleeeeeeaaaase have a dollar for a ticket?"

Persuaded by my very advanced skills of persuasion she agreed,"Alright...alright. Let's go get you a darn ticket because I don't think you are going to ever shut up about it are you?"

Me, "Nope."

So she and I saunter up to the counter and I tell the lady behind the partition that I wanted 298 and I wanted 50cent boxed and 50 straight. What!? I heard the other people in front of me say that so I thought I would try sounding like I knew what the hell I was talking about and imitate what they said. lol

So the lady punches on her keyboard and a ticket spits out and she hands it to me and I hand her the dollar in exchange.

Well later that night while at home with my siblings and parents, the lottery results flashed on the screen. I had completely forgot I had purchased a ticket earlier that day. As the ticker tape scrolled across the bottom of the screen my eyes widened. No it couldn't be. I sat there and watched as the numbers scrolled across the screen once more.

"MOM!!!" I screamed, "My number came out!"

She came over to the TV and watched the numbers scroll across again and simply said, "It sure did."

I ran over to my father at the dining room table where he was seated and said, "Daddy, my number hit!! And it came out exactly the way I had it!!"

My father looked at me then looked at my mother who then said, "She sure did."

My father said, "Well alright sweet pea. That's great. Where is the ticket?"

My mother reached in her purse and pulled it out and handed it to my father. At that point I was just dancing around the house singing my little "I won the lottery" song.

After a few moments of my singing my father said, "Sweet pea come here for a minute."

I ran into the dining room and stood in front of my father all excited, beaming with pride. He said, " Hey sweetie, you did win. Your winnings are about $40.00. Why don't I give you the $40 and I take the ticket and cash it in for you?'"

Well I was in heaven!!! I had all that money and I was about to get it right then and there. WHOO HOOO!! Hell yeah I'm going to take that deal. So after I agreed and my father handed me my money I went screaming around the house, "I'm rich!!"

The next day my mother took me shopping. Even then I was a clothes horse. I bought about 2 complete outfits PLUS a pair of shoes. I was ecstatic!

It wasn't until several years later that I put 2 and 2 together and realized...Hmmmmm, that ticket was worth a hell of a lot more then $40.00.

Damn him!!! lol

31 People saying stuff:

durtymo said...

*CRACKIN UP* You got got! Po thang..

Did you know you can play the lottery online now?? Don't even have to go to the convenience store!

MP said...

LMAO! What a shame! LOL At least you can laugh now. I would probably still be mad!

Craze said...

LOL! Oh no! My son loves to bet at the horse races but if he wins he wants to see the winning figures.. he doesn't just believe me anymore!

Don said...

lmao @ that is something to think about.

funny stuff, as usual.

I heard the other people in front of me say that so I thought I would try sounding like I knew what the hell I was talking about and imitate what they said. lol

while reading this sentence i too was trying to figure out what you were talking about.

i bought a lotto ticket yesterday and didn't win (as usual). made me sit and think about how many people have donated to the cause of the eventual winner. lol.

Karen said...

LOL. Consider it pay back for all he gave you over the years.

My mom's family owned a few race horses when we were growing up and I spent a lot of time at the track. Back then kids could even place their own bets - I'd win a $2 and I thought I was a freaking superstar. I still LOVE the track.

Karen said...

Oh....Are you feeling lucky about any numbers for tonight???? I could use $40. :)

Angel said...

I was totally reading this story thinking about how your dad was so sweet! I was thinking that maybe the ticket wasn't a winner after all but he didn't want to burst your bubble so he just gave you 40.00!

Then I get to the end and find out he totally dooped you! LOL!! Ok, I have to know, how the hell much was that ticket really worth!? Did he cash it in and keep it? Did it at least go into your college fund?

The Ambiguous Blob said...

Oh man! Smart fella, he was.

Suze's Sass said...

My parents hit me up for my First Communion money. Sad!

1/3 of what I used to be said...

LOL wow your pops did you dirty lol. I'm sure he put it away for you tho. I'm glad you see the sense the sense of humor in the situation:-) I woulda been pissed!!! lol

CapCity said...

I'm just laffin' cuz my Moms ain't the only one got my nephews playin' the numbers! I crax up cuz one of my sisters is raising her sons to be "high falutin'" - but, still when wif ghetto gramma - the oldest son wants his lotto tickets! LOL!

magnoliapeach said...

This reminds me of when I told my mom to play 2.6.4. The next morning the numbers hit and I was dancing acting a damn fool, until my mom comes in and tells me she didn't play it. I was floored and she was pissed, that would have set us straight!!! $50,000 gone!! I'm still pissed!!!

Claudia said...

OMG LMAO your OWN DADDY got you with this??????

Oh that's something else, and it cracks me up!

lisa q. said...

Haha...ahhh the innocence of childhood! Fabulous story girl. 'Course I'd have to be call Dad up and demanding the rest of my loot! ;)

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

LOL pops sounds like s cool dude to me

B_More BAP Life said...

I would have to kill him....TODAY!

Treasia said...

Oops daddy got you good!! I thought upon reading it he was seriously helping you out since underage. Boy was I wrong about it. How much was the ticket really worth?

Sojourner G said...

Dang it! Ganked by your own Pop! Ever confront him about it and see how much he really stuck you up for?

soumynona said...

This is too funny! At least you got 40 bucks out of it. Now dont go emmanuel lewis and try to sue your parents all late

CarmenSinCity said...

ha ha ha - that is so funny - I love it!!!

Mizrepresent said...

Dayum, daddy squeezed you...just ain't right gurl...i know.

Boutique Mix Fashion said...

LOL!!!!!! Thankfully you can laugh now :-)

Vixen said...

Good Story! So Dad could have saved your college fund huh? ;)

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Vi said...

I think he certainly did!

Ms.Honey said...

BWAHHHHH

Dang he got you homie....

imbeingheldhostage said...

That's funny, but then it's not-- wow, wonder what you won....

nikki said...

lmao@ya pops. uh, if he put you through school then it might all have evened out...

if not, you got jacked.

Sandi McBride said...

Fathers...what can you do?
Sandi

Freckle Face Girl said...

They should have let you buy a lotto ticket every week. Lucky Girl! (lucky for them)

MysTery said...

Lol! That is MESSED UP!!! lol

SSC said...

HA your father and mine should have been twins. My father would tell me that he had to test all the chocolate in my Halloween bag before I could eat it.

Sorry to hear about that, but at least you got $40?!?!?!?!