gambling

Daily news roundup for Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mar 17, 2016
"casino", by Sergiu Biris, used under CC license, cropped.

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Supervisor Yee says SF must turn its attention to gambling addiction // SF Examiner

Image by Will C. Fry. Used under CC license.

Powerball says your odds of winning are about 1 in 292.2 million. Where does that come from?

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Winning an early pinball game was much more about luck than skill, since there were no buttons to activate flippers on the sides. You basically had one action: pull the plunger and watch the ball go. Without the flippers, pinball was a truly a game of chance—perfect for gambling.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

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Editor's note: The author's last name has been withheld for privacy reasons.

When I was nine, my father started coming home late at night. He would walk through the door like nothing was wrong. But I knew something was. My mother would shout uncontrollably at him, and even threaten divorce. But these were empty words - my mother couldn’t afford to get a divorce, nor was it socially acceptable in Chinese culture.

I later learned that because of him, my mother’s bank account was cancelled, and all her hard-earned money was gambled away at the horse races.