Friday, March 12, 2010

Since When??


As I was pumping gas the other day, I decided to stop in the express shop to pick up a Powerball ticket, having not purchased one in a while. I usually pick one up whenever I am at that particular station, which is maybe every 3 months so don't go calling the gambling hotline on me.

I decided to fill in my own numbers and handed the slip to the guy at the register. I thought it was very odd when he asked my birthday, so I proceeded to give him the month and day only. Then he said I also had to provide the year which he then entered in the computer....I asked him, "Since when do you need to enter someone's birthday when they buy a ticket?" He replied that they've always done that to prevent underage kids from buying tickets.

I have been in that store many times but have never had to do this before, but he insisted they've always done it ?!? And every time I go in it is the exact same guy at the counter (who has a wonky eye so it is fairly obvious) But all this is besides the point anyway, since I am obviously way older than 18 - even he can see that (with his good eye)!!

What has your Powerball purchasing experience been?


P.S. I didn't win. My dream of retiring to Sardinia has been put on hold.

28 comments:

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

hahaha, wonkey eye!

I think that means he was supposed to be doing that all along and he got caught not doing it.

I wonder if you can just show your id instead...I hate giving out my info!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

p.s. awards for you!

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Housewife Savant said...

It's my "thing" to only buy a PB ticket when I'm filling up at a certain locale and I'm wearing my brown Chuckies.
I'll only buy a ticket if a man or woman exits the building eating a Slim Jim, wearing bib 'alls and no shirt.
If the total on my gas is between $35-40 and a latte makes the sum of the digits add up to something with a 7 in it; I'm buying.
I've done it AT LEAST a dozen times.
The guy KNOWS me, and I know him.
He's got a Jimmy leg.
And THIS TIME he asks to see my boobs.
What's up with the lottery system in this country?!!
Gah!

Lucy said...

Somebody got nailed not doing his job and now has to follow the rules!

angelcel said...

Yes I'm guessing he'd had a warning... either that or through his wonky eye you look like a Spring Chicken!

This 'prove your age' thing makes me laugh sometimes. My husband bought some glue at a superstore recently and had to prove his age to (in his words) 'a spotty kid, barely out of nappies'. My husband is 54! :D

Mommy, I'm Home said...

I'm also guessing he was caught not checking -- or you do look underage...

Amanda said...

Hum.... that would make me suspicious!!

Hope you win next time. Seriously. I need rich friends. :)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I've never been asked for my birthday for lotto. Just booze.

Robin said...

Honey, you look 25...and Wonky probably wanted to make sure you weren't jail bait..maybe hes got his eye on you...his hot and sexy Wonky eye..!! Woo Hoo..what is a wonky eye anyway...LOL..Id love to see it....LMAO...any way I dont play those games..Hubs does sometimes..I never win stuff...

Kristina P. said...

I live in Utah. You can barely buy Diet Coke without getting carded. No Powerball for us.

Rebecca Jo said...

weird... I didnt realize there was an age limit to buying those... Sure that one eye man wasnt just trying to hit on you? Find out your age to see if you're too young for him??? :)

Michelle Pixie said...

Never done it! Maybe because I've lived in Nevada my whole life and it is second nature to me to see a slot machine in the grocery store I just don't ever have the urge to drop my money on any of that stuff. And frankly I don't know why my Aunt's win crazy money all the time and they aren't even crazy gamblers. Well I probably don't do it because I can't afford it and they say if you can't afford to loose the money you aren't going to win any thing.

But let’s talk about one-eyed Willy... I was at the grocery store yesterday and I swear that same guy was checking us out and he was not a very friendly man. I was a little ascared!

Aleta said...

I keep saying, "When I win the lottery...." only that will never happen if I don't play it. Lol.

When you give your birthday, consider it a compliment -you have that youthful look!!!

Randi Troxell said...

ive never done powerball.. i only do the little baby scratch offs.. i'm seriously afraid that if i did powerball and had to choose the number MYSELF.. probably i would have a panic attack.. and would freak out.. lol

have a great wkend!!!

buffalodick said...

If I had ever won even a little bit, you'd know it! Great line from a movie made years ago.."You know what's the next best thing to gambling and winning? Gambling and losing.."
Little old Jewish man prayed for 20 days and nights, for the Lord to let him win the Lottery..on the 20th day, the Lord answered- "Saul, meet me half way and buy a ticket!"..:)

Christina said...

I don't actually buy many tickets. Daddy, however, could have probably retired early on the amount he spend on lotto, mega millions, etc... etc. I make fun of him and he always replies with, "You can't win if you don't play." or "I'll be sure not to wake you when I go collect my winning" Guess it never hurts to hope.

Laura said...

Let's see, my gambling experience....does NOT winning count!?! Yeah that's me. :(

Kristin said...

I've been carded...and I loved every minute of it cuz I'm vain like that. Ah ha ha

alessandra said...

Sorry I can't help you with your retirement, never won too, we have "superenalotto".

Salt said...

I love when people ID me for things like that. :)

Sometimes I'll be getting gas or in a liquor store and I'll just get this feeling that I should get a ticket. Too bad my feelings have thus far been completely wrong.

Lily Johnson said...

I wish you the best of luck. One of these days, you are going to win.

Lily Johnson said...

I wish you the best of luck. One of these days, you are going to win.

Jen said...

Ha! A wonkey eye! LOL Sorry you didn't win. I think getting "carded" while buying a ticket is a good thing...right? But it is kinda weird to ask for you BD for that...

Mommyof2girlz said...

Aww, sorry you didn't win sweetie. And here I was hoping you'd buy me a ticket and fly me out to do some belly dancing with ya..lol I'd totally do it too! Keeping my fingers crossed for your next ticket :)

Kaylen said...

My way of getting a ticket: Giving in to the pressure of joining in with the entire team I work with when they all go in on a pool. I think I've only ever bought one by myself, and that was when I was with a friend who buys them ALL the time. It feels like a waste of money-I never get a surge that I'm going to win.

Melissa B. said...

Mr. Fairway and I stopped by the local 7-11 at the beach to pick up a PB ticket just this evening. No one carded me, though. I'm obviously WAY older than you. Good luck...I hear the jackpot is well over 200 mil right now!

Alicia said...

weird!! too bad you didn't win though... :) i actually have never bought one...

strokeofliving said...

Carma dear, never give up that Sardinia dream. I have visions of the Publishers Clearinghouse van pulling up in front of my house with an over sized check for at least $10 million. And why not right? Isn't it hope that drives us? Now the possibility of that happening for me is low but it's possible... It's possible for you too.

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