Saturday, August 3, 2019

A Matter of HaPENstanCE

Val's week was not looking good for her Future Pennyillionaire coffers. At least it wouldn't be a shutout, with a good kickoff relieving the pressure.

SUNDAY, July 28, I discovered a penny at the Backroads Casey's.

It's been a while since I found a penny here, but this IS the place that gave me those three quarters on the sidewalk. Their colorful candy display always makes for a cheerful picture, and the floor is generally not filthy.

This was a heads-up 2001 specimen. At least there was nobody in line behind me to receive the view of my ample rumpus as I bent over to drag it out from under the candy.

FRIDAY, August 2, I made my usual stop at the Sis-Town Casey's for T-Hoe's gas. I usually pull into Pump 2, but some other woman dared to be using my rightful pump! So I had to take Pump 4, which is very touchy on the lever that holds the handle down for pumping. It only runs for a minute, and shuts itself off. So I have to hold that squeezy handle the whole time I'm pumping. I guess I was meant to be at Pump 4, because when I started walking in to pay,

I nearly stepped on a penny right in my path! I don't think I would have seen it from any other angle. There it is, midline in the photo, just under the crack in the shadow.

As usual, my phone adjusted the lighting better in the closeup. This was a face-down 2012.

My next stop, the bank, yielded no pennies. It did not want to yield our weekly cash allowance from the ATM, either! The ATM built into the back wall of the bank had a message that funds were unavailable at this time. So I had to drive out through the alley, park in an overflow lot for the Mustang detailing shop, and write out a counter withdrawal slip that I carry for just that reason. Then I drove back to the drive-thru lanes, taking the middle of the three, and submitted my request in the tube canister. Can you believe they took that handwritten withdrawal slip, and didn't even ask for my ID? Just tubed the cash right back out. Even so, it had cost me valuable time in my day with absolutely no pressing deadlines.

From the bank, I went to the School-Turn Casey's for some scratchers. Isn't that what everybody does after they get a canister full of cash? The lady in front of me was taking a long time, and the two clerks were preoccupied with one of their fellow workers on crutches trying to get into the bathroom door, but then the second clerk called me over to her register, where I saw

a DIME that had been totally camouflaged from my place in the original line.

It was a 2002, heads up. My scratcher later proved to be a loser, but the one I bought at the Sis-Town Casey's was a winner!

This is the newest $5 Missouri ticket, which came out on Monday. My very first number was a winner. Actually, it wasn't a number at all, but a pair of dice, signifying a win of 5X the prize, which gave me a $100 winner for the second day in a row!

I'm not giving up on my pennies, though! That's another 12 CENTS!

2019 Running Total
Penny     # 80, 81.
Dime      # 15.
Nickel    still at 8.
Quarter   still at 4.

Penny  131
Dime  17
Nickel  6
Quarter  1

2017 TOTALS (Started in March, 2017)
Penny  78
Dime   6
Nickel  0
Quarter  0


  1. How did you see that one penny nearly invisible in #1.?

    You're in Missouri!? I grew up just across the River from Louisiana, MO. Had many relatives there.

    1. It was directly in my path, and I was looking down to make sure the pavement was level at that crack. If I'd been at my regular pump, I never would have seen it.

      We're about as far south of St. Louis as Louisiana is north of it.

  2. Another year and you'll have enough found money to buy an $5 scratcher.

    1. I wonder if The Gas Station Chicken Store clerks will mind counting it...

  3. You are the luckiest scratcher I know!

    1. I do buy a lot of tickets, but my odds of getting "big" winners seem better than other people I know. I seem to be in the right place at the right time.

  4. Drive-thru? tube cash? how soon can you expect drive-thrus with tube groceries? (tongue in cheek here)
    Linda is right, you are the luckiest scratcher I know too.

    1. I can already get curb pickup at Walmart if I order online, but I don't like the thought of them choosing my items.

      My luck runs in cycles, but overall I do okay on the scratchers. I told Hick yesterday that if I had HIS luck, I wouldn't buy them!