In the moment before they hand their money over, every gambler is a winner.
Their brain is on fire. They believe.
Their worries fade. They are happy.
Then they receive their chit and walk away.
Still buoyant, but losing a little bounce with each step.
They may forget about the ticket. And if they remember, days later, tell themselves, ‘why bother checking?’
I didn’t win.
But they did, for a moment.
And it was enough to keep them going for a few hours. The pain dissolved and they were alive.
For a moment.
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