About a month ago I popped into a convenience store while waiting for a bus, noticed the scratch-ticket vending machine sitting there, and on a whim bought two $5 tickets for two different games. One ticket won $10 and the other won $50. This set me off on a now-month-long obsession with the things, and my current confirmed deficit is -$676. Every so often I'd win another $50 ticket, and I even won two $100 tickets along the way, but obviously overall I lost quite a bit of money on this. After adding $80 to my deficit today, I dipped into 'stash money' intended for random luxuries throughout the year and over the course of a few trips in the rain to a few different convenient stores, I bought what I decided would be my last $100 of tickets. These are all unscratched and I intend to keep them that way for a little while in order to help me quit. If I have a stack of unscratched tickets in my desk drawer, it's easier to not go buy more, because "I could already have a winner." I really want to quit after this last batch of tickets I just got, for obvious reasons. Has anybody ever gotten hooked on these things before?