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Traveling and Bingo
An opportunity to experience!

Dear Aunt Bingo,
I had the unique experience of getting Bingo on two different cards at the same time. There was a second winner who also Bingoed. I assumed that because I had two winners and she had one, I would get two-thirds of the jackpot, which was $250. But they only gave me $125 and gave the other winner the other $125. I am very disappointed because I think I should have gotten more of the prize. Do you think this is right? —Shelley L., Washington, via email

Dear Shelley,
I am sorry to hear that your excitement at winning Bingo was overshadowed by the feeling that you were not paid fairly. And after getting Bingo on two cards at once? I cannot begin to imagine the odds of that happening!
While it is logical that you would expect your payout to be more, the fact is the Bingo hall split the winnings correctly. While regulations differ from state to state, it is my understanding that, nationwide, it is generally understood that it is not a Bingo card that wins, but the person who is playing the card. So even if you did Bingo on two cards, you are still one person and only receive one person’s share of the jackpot—in this case 50 percent.
Looking on the bright side, $125 is still a nice little bundle of cash to take home at the end of the night—and a lot more than most of the rest of the players in the hall received! —Aunt Bingo

Dear Aunt Bingo,
My husband and I will be taking an extended vacation to the Carolinas this winter, and when I mentioned to him that I needed to remember to pack my Bingo bag, he got very annoyed.
He said that Bingo is something I do all the time at home and that while we are visiting a different place I should be doing different things besides sitting in a Bingo hall.
I really want to try playing Bingo in the Carolinas, just to see if it is any different from playing at home. But I see his point—travel is about seeing and doing different things and maybe I should put Bingo on hold during the trip. What is your opinion about going to Bingo while on vacation? —T.C., Pennsylvania, via email

Dear T.C.,
I agree with your husband that going away on vacation is an opportunity to see and do new and interesting things, but who is to say that a Bingo outing during that out-of-town trip can’t be one of them?
Whenever I travel I like to keep an eye out for Bingo signs posted along roadsides. It’s fun to mix in with fellow vacationers and local people at an unfamiliar Bingo hall. And picking up a jackpot is a nice way to take the sting out of all those post-vacation bills!
My suggestion is that you pack your Bingo bag and wait for a rainy day when your husband decides to stay in and plants himself in front of the TV. Once he is nice and comfy, Google yourself a nearby Bingo hall, grab your Bingo bag and the car keys and head out the door.
If he gives you grief, simply point out that him sitting in front of the TV is just as much an “at-home” activity as you playing Bingo. You can even invite him along! —Aunt Bingo

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