Who is this person, you ask? Nobody you - or I - know, but she is an announcer at a Bingo game!
We are very fortunate in our area. Hayward, where we reside, is a sister city with a Japanese town, Funabashi. There is therefore a lovely spot in our fair city: a Japanese Garden, full of roses, shaped trees and small pools with koi and little turtles. Next to the Japanese Garden is located a Senior Center. Roberta and I went there for Bingo.
A big hall was only half filled with tables and seniors, sitting at them, peering into the rows of cards with numbers. They have a different kind of cards there with little levers which pull pieces of clear red plastic over numbers, that have been played.
I bought a couple of cards for Roberta and myself. As newcomers we received another free card. At first I was keenly watching Roberta's cards, but, with some exceptions, she appeared to be quite able to follow the announcements and find the called digits. I focused therefore more on my own business at hand.
The ladies sitting next to us were friendly, but also businesslike. I didn't want to distract them with questions, but when an unexpected thing happened, and I saw a winning combination on my board, I timidly asked one of them, if it was true. She blinked at my lonesome card (most of the people there had four or more cards in front of them to maximize the chance of winning) for a couple of seconds and then incredulously admitted that I won that one game!\
With that revelation even Roberta pouted at me a little! I heard some whispers among the other players, like: "Isn't that the her first time playing?" - or - "Gee, I really didn't need that!"
A gentleman brought me my winnings - the whole of $9.00!
"The beginners luck" was, what everyone agreed on and philosophically returned to the game.
The whole day, when an opportunity arose, I pulled out the bills from my wallet to pay for things with mixed feelings of amazement and triumph. Free money! I wonder, if I have to declare it as capital gain on my income tax return!