Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Eight Days of CENTSes

Wheee doggies! Val hit the jackpot after her CasinoPalooza. It was like Christmas, without the snow. Jolly old Even Steven made sure Val was on the un-naughty list. Checked it twice. Actually, checked it eight times! You're not gonna believe this haul.

The Truth in Blogging Law requires me to inform you that this CENTSational harvest actually started on Friday, June 14, but I didn't have time to update last week's Saturday CENTsus because I was busy losing money in seven casinos.

Make yourself comfortable. Strap on the old feedbag. Hook up a cannula of oxygen. This coin collection was so bountiful that I've even cut down the picture size.

Friday, JUNE 14, I opened up A-Cad's door to find that Hick had parked me perfectly to find a NICKEL on the parking lot of The Stables Casino.

If Hick or another sweaver had parked in the next space, I never would have found my rightful nickel!

It was a heads-up 1991. Sadly, it did not change my casino luck that day. I was happy to find it, though, after 13 days without a coin!


Saturday, JUNE 15, I was weaving through Downstream Casino at 12:14 a.m., on my way to the front restroom, and spied this penny:

Lucky for me it was on the contrasting color of that wild carpet. Two twenty-something dudes gave me the side-eye when I took my pictures. They did not, however, twirl their crazy fingers.

It was a heads-up 2016. I was obviously meant to find it. Why else would a PENNY be in the middle of the casino, where everything these days is paper money and paper tickets?


Sunday, JUNE 16, was Father's Day. I might have mentioned how I feel like the Dimes from Heaven are from my dad, and the pennies from my mom. That's because for six weeks after my dad died, we found dimes all over our house. The pennies started after Mom passed away. Not in the house, but out on the town.

This dime found me in The Gas Station Chicken Store when I went in for my first 44 oz Diet Coke after we returned from CasinoPalooza 5.

It was a heads-up 2015. That's the year my mom died.


Monday, JUNE 17, I was pleased to discover another dime at Orb K.

Gotta look close! It's against the side of the energy supplement rack.

It was a head-up 2006.


Tuesday, JUNE 18, I was back on the penny train, at Save A Lot, of all places. I don't find many coins there.

It's hiding in the middle of those black chewing-gum stains. I'd parked way down by the Dollar Store. I don't normally walk across this section. But I did this day, and found my rightful penny!

After four heads-ups in a row, this was a face-down 2019.


Wednesday, JUNE 19, I was back in Orb K to find another penny.

I almost missed this old feller, only noticing the glint as I turned to leave.

It was a heads-up 1971.


Thursday, JUNE 20, the dimes made a comeback.

Once again at The Gas Station Chicken Store. I really don't find all that many coins there, considering the fact that I'm in that store every single day.

This was a heads-up 2016.


Friday, JUNE 21, I gave Mom and Dad a shout-out at the cemetery as I drove by, no time to make my weekly stop since I was running late for the post office. Don't want to miss the outgoing mail with the boys' letters! My next stop after the post office was the Casey's over in Sis Town, for gas and scratchers. Where I found a penny AND a dime...

The shiny new pennies are easy to spot.

This was a heads-up 2019.

Those rascally dimes are a bit harder to see. This one was a leaner.

Still heads-up, though. A 1977.

But WAIT! I wasn't done yet. The other Casey's, over by the turn-off I used to take for work, had a surprise in store (actually OUT of store) for me! As I turned onto the lot, a pickup truck with a trailer pulled across FIVE SPACES, two of which were my intended destination and my backup.

Good thing I was forced to park just right in front of the store, for finding this penny when I came out.

His close-up ain't pretty, but Ol' Abe was heads-up, from 2017

So... I found 10 coins over 8 consecutive days, and 9 were HEADS-UP, while only 1 was face-down. That is very unusual for my findings, as the majority are generally face-down. I guess ol' Even Steven is working on the odds. This week gave me 5 pennies, 4 dimes, and 1 nickel, for 50 cents towards my Future Pennyillionaire fortune.

2019 Running Total
Penny   # 69, 70, 71, 72, 73.
Dime    # 9, 10, 11, 12.
Nickel  # 8.
Quarter  still at 1.

Penny  131
Dime  17
Nickel  6
Quarter  1

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


  1. That is one way to strike it rich. Other way might to find a house with a garage and a creek view for only $5000, but of course that ain't never going to happen.

    1. Yeah, that's just crazy talk. It's only out of loyalty for your previous support that I refrain from twirling my crazy temple finger.

  2. Holy Schmoly! What a haul! And so many were heads up. Is Even Steven giving you the 'heads up'? Perhaps something big is coming your way? by an extra scratcher and find out.

    1. He was. It did. I bought one. The reveal will be Monday on my other blog.

  3. Your losing streak has been abated. What luck, I am having a great streak also but I had to work for mine.

    1. Yes, at least I didn't have to crawl around with spiders!

  4. Now I will have to walk with my head down too.

    1. Some days it pays off, some days it doesn't!

  5. Every time I stopped on my trip I looked at the ground and the floors. I found nothing!

    1. Sometimes, that's a GOOD thing. I wish I'd found nothing in the handicap stall when we stopped at the rest area!