Tricia : Hello, Western Canadian Lottery Corporation, This is Tricia Speaking, how may I help you tonight?
Bluepaintred : Hi. My name is Bluepaintred* And I have a gambling problem.
Tricia : I'm so glad you called us tonight Bluepaintred. Reaching out for help is the first step in overcoming this addiction. Now, how would you describe your problem?
Bluepaintred : Well I bought a few of those one dollar scratch and win lottery tickets and -
Tricia : Do you gamble only with lottery tickets or are there other sources in which you gamble?
Bluepaintred : Well. Once, when I had just turned 18 My dad took me to a bar, becuase I was old enough and I put a quarter in a machiny thingy, but bells and stuff started going off and I thought I broke it, so I hid and refused to answer when the bartender asked who had done it! Now, just to be safe, I just play scratch tickets.
Tricia : Uhm. OK. How often do you buy -
Bluepaintred : So the thing is. My gambling problem. Last night I bought a few tickets, and I scratched them all, but I didn't win. What's with that?
Tricia : Well it's called gambling becuase you often do not win.
Bluepaintred : Yes I realize that. But I bought and paid for the tickets and then I scratched them, and then, there was just nothing.
Tricia : OK. Have you been to our website? We publish the odds on all of our Scratch Lotto tickets and -
Bluepaintred : Yes. Scratch Lotto. I bough them, and scratched them and did not win. Thats my Problem.
Tricia : OK, So when a person gambles they sometimes do not -
Bluepaintred : You see, I scratched with a nickel. And normally I use a dime. Is that what the problem was?
Tricia : Well. I can't see what difference that would mak-
Bluepaintred : Well. Is it becuase I scratched up and down and not left to right? My friends friend told her that you have to scratch them a certain way. And really my only problem here is with gambling. I just don't understand this. I bought the tickets and then...Nothing!
Tricia : Ok. Listen to me for a minute. When you gamble, it can cause problems becuase you do not win, and then you have nothing to show for the money you have spent.
Bluepaintred : Yes! Exactly! I bought them. I read the back.. here let me get it, I will read the back to you and-
Tricia : Ma'am? Listen to me for just one minute. You will not win on every Scratch lotto Ticket you buy.
Bluepaintred : No?
Tricia : No. That is why it is called gambling.
Bluepaintred : Well then. I think I have a problem with gambling becuase I bought them. I paid for them in cash. I took them home and scratched them all. And I didn't win. See? This is a problem with gambling.
Tricia : You know. Maybe I can get my supervisor here to talk to you for a minute...
And that's when I hung up.
The best way to do this is to go into quiet place, place the call and use the Speaker Phone function so that you can record the words. It is IMPOSSIBLE to write as fast as they talk. Also? Kick your husband out of the so called quiet room so his manly giggles don't ruin it for you.
*not my real name