Spike collects those loser lottery tickets. Here in Mass. the more expensive ones always have a contest connected to them. When he is in a store, he checks the trash can right next to the stand where they scratch those tickets. A lot of times someone will think that they have a losing ticket and throw it away without checking all the numbers.
Spike could make a living just on those "Non-losing" tickets. He will finish scratching them and sure enough. $50, $100, even a $1,000 ticket. In an average week, he can make $100-$200.
Then he takes those losing tickets and enters them into the second chance contest. Right now I have a complete set of camping equipment for four sitting in my closet waiting for my grandson to come and pick it all up. He won $10,000 one time with seats to a championship playoff. Seats in the Owners box with all the trimmings. He and his son had a great time that night.
He has won tickets to the Patriots games in Foxboro on several occasion. Again seats in the owners box and all kinds of eats. Also there is the tailgate party that the Patriots has for the winners.
I can't begin to tell you how many times he has won over the years he has been doing this. Each night he comes here with Teddy. While I am playing with Teddy, Spike is sitting at my computer and entering these not so loser tickets. Some of the contests require that you hold onto the tickets so that if yours is pulled you can show it. He leaves them here. My window sills look like I have a very serious gambling problem. On others, you don't a have to save the tickets. So he tosses them in my trash. I use to tie them up. Now they go to the trash room and everyone can see them.
The one contest we are waiting for is the one for the World Skating Competition at the Garden. Six nights. Six tickets for each show for two people. Plus all the extras that special guests get. I would take my daughter.
To be continued.