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Hello:
Recently my wife lost her job due to her department being downsized. In the long run it's nice to have her home as I was getting really bored being here by myself.

My daughter and her husband and my son and his wife pitched in and gave us a gift card to spend a night at the Ho-Chunk Casino near Wisconsin Dells.

Yesterday, we celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary and we left home at 1pm as the check in time was 3pm. My wife suggested that we go to the casino for an hour before we actually checked in. I sat down at a $1.00 machine.

The guy sitting to my right could not understand why he could not get a bonus as he already played $100.00 and had no luck. I showed him the rules and it read you have to play $3.00 to be eligible for the bonus wheel. A few pulls later he won $500.00, he said thanks and left.

I placed some money into the machine and after a few spins I hit the bonus. The screen read 2X second chance. The big wheel started spinning and I won $50.00 and it asked me if I wanted a second chance spin? I looked at the wheel and the lowest amount I could win was $25.00 x 2 =$50.00.

The wheel respins and I won $1,000.00 x 2=$2,000.00 which was a hand pay. The gal came and congratulated me and I gave her my drivers license and my SSN card. She came back with another gal around 15 minutes later and paid me off and I gave them each a nice tip.

That was all the gambling I did as I won a total of $2,000.00. I will most likely put the money in the bank. Any other ideas?
Steve Balistreri
Wauwatosa Wisconsin
 

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Remember you will have to pay income tax on your winnings next April as the casino will send you a 1099 next year.
 

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Question , I have never been to a casino but why did you have to tip the two people just because they paid you what you won ? They had no impact on you winning or not ??
 

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Who carries their SSN card?
 

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Steve, my wife and I went to Vegas several years back. I was making some money playing the roulette wheel (just playing red or black) and my wife stood behind me - squeezing my shoulders. I can't recall how much I'd made but I got tired of playing and I stood up. My wife got the fever, big time, and told me she'd take over. Within about 5 minutes my winnings were all gone. She felt bad but we laughed it off and just walked around town watching the crowds. Going in a casino we walked past one lady who had 2 gigantic plastic pails full of silver dollars and was playing the slots. An hour later we again walked past her and she was just taking the last silver dollar out of the last pail - it was all gone. I'd guess she had maybe $1000 in those pails and nobody came by to tip her for losing so much either.

Moral of the story - everybody should see Vegas but keep your money in your pocket unless you feel damn lucky and make sure you set a limit on how much you'll spend. We did have fun but I'll not go back there anytime soon even though it gets in your blood. That place is as jumping at 2 AM as much as it is at 3 PM - it's amazing to see.
 

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Hauxfan----I share your opinion and luck,----but think I probably should drive through a needy section of town (hopefully NO druggies there) and toss money out as I drive. Ross Puls
 

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That was all the gambling I did as I won a total of $2,000.00. I will most likely put the money in the bank. Any other ideas?
Steve Balistreri
Wauwatosa Wisconsin

I'm in the same boat as you, I go to a casino around here once in awhile because my wife enjoys them, I always tell her I work to hard to throw my money away and if I lose I always think how many boxes of shells I could of bought with that money............if I win a 100.00 I'm cashing out, buying myself a beer and watching tv in the bar and wait for the wife to lose her money.......most I ever won at a casino was 1245.00 in the Bourbon Saloon in Deadwood, cashed it out, bought a beer and watched NASCAR........
 

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ShotStop:
My wife read your post and said that you just might win your bet.
Steve

Remdog1187:
I have always carried my ssn card with me if I go to a casino just in case I would win as they need a photo ID and the actual ssn card for you to get paid.
Steve

My daughter in law is from Stockholm and is not a US citizen as of yet. She asked me if I could take her to the local casino one time. She did not win but I was wondering if she did win a hand pay how would they pay her when she does not have a ssn card and is not a citizen?
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Both retired is great!

About every other day my wife would scream "Don't you have someplace to go shoot?"
 

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SB,

Never had a casino ask for my SS Card
when paying out. Ever. As much as $5000 paid.

Just never thought it was a good idea as if it is lost or stolen, it is easy to commit fraud with and hard to get replaced. More likely to happen when it's on your person.

Congratulations on your windfall.
 

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Ahab:
She has not told me that yet, but it might come sooner than I think as I am starting to get on her nerves today because she is not feeling to good. I use to go grocery shopping to help her out while she worked. It was so nice as I could purchase any item I wanted. Today, we went grocery shopping and roughly 10 items that I threw in the cart she took out before we checked out as she said those items were not good for me. She's like the soup Nazi! No chips, no donuts,
no sausages, no salty items. "I RULE THE ROOST" ( what is said on this site, stays on this site) and if I want these items I will just go get them by myself and hide them when I get home.
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Remdog1187:
I won $2,007.45 2 years ago at the local Indian casino and the gal said that I needed to give her a photo ID and my ssn card. I asked what if I did not have my ssn card on me? She said we will get all the paper work done and hold the pay out until you present the card to us in person.
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First off.. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Mr. & Mrs. Balistreri!

Secondly, congrats on your winnings!!! That's a nice casino; been there myself several years ago. Your story reminds me of one of the trips I took out to Las Vegas about 12yrs ago or so. Went with a friend & we stayed at a small hotel a block off the strip called the Wild West. We figured we'd get someplace cheap to lay our heads at night as we didn't plan on staying at the hotel but for just that. Shortly after we checked in, we went down to the tiny restaurant & casino at this place, had a $2.99 steak & egg dinner (I think I ordered 2 if I remember right as I was starving! Haha!). Anyways, after that I went to their roulette table & draw poker table (slot machines don't interest me at all)...long story short within 45 mins I had paid for our entire trip (including airfare), cashed out & walked away. We had a heck of a time for about 4 days which turned into 5 due to an overbooked flight. That landed us a night at the Tropicana for free, a couple free dinners, & $600 in airline vouchers!

Lastly...what should you do with the money?... well first off aforementioned, don't forget to set some aside for the income taxes on it. After that, surely there's a new toy that goes "bang!" or new-fangled accessory that you could use!? If nothing else, my non-organization is always looking for donations for our youth shoots & such ;)

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