If you read my blog regularly, you’ll already know I drive my son to school, 11 miles away from home. Sometimes this journey takes 20 minutes, sometimes it takes an hour. When I collect him after school, I sometimes have 20 minutes to kill before any other parents arrive. On these days, I stop at the garage near school and treat myself to a Vanilla Latte.
Once I arrive at school and indulge in 10 minutes of me time. Sometimes this means reading a chapter of whatever book I’m reading on my kindle app, occasionally I phone my sister for a chat.
Yesterday, I pulled out my phone and decided to have a flutter. I put £10 into my Casino Euro account – this is an online casino which offers slot, table top and live games. I don’t know why, but I get a massive kick out of the roulette table. Pretty much a 50/50 chance of doubling your money, if you stick to red or black, or odds vs evens (like I do). It is total chance though – there’s no real skill involved.
I don’t smoke and I don’t drink, so my vice is £10 a week to spend online gambling. It gives me a buzz. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. Yesterday, I won – I decided to play one of the slots – “When Pigs Fly” and somehow my £10 turned into £117! And then £150!
That was the point I gave up and withdrew my winnings! £140 up! I practically skipped to the school doors after that, and then I treated the kids to some new clothes with my “winnings” once we got home.
If you’d have told me 10 years ago I’d be giddy after winning £5 in a game of roulette, I’d have thought you were bonkers.
Things change though. Ten minutes’ peace when I was 20 years old might have involved a vodka and coke, or a sun-bed session. Online gambling isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely better for my health than either of those choices were.
I am well aware that my win yesterday was down to chance – Which is why I have the deposit limits set up on my account, and I’d recommend everybody sets them up. I can see how people get addicted to the feeling of winning. It’s about balance though. I personally see my £10 a week habit as much less harmful than some other habits I could have. What do you think? Are you a fan of online gambling? Have you ever won big?