..

Doh! Anti-Gaming Crusader Wins $25K in Gambling Sweepstakes

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Dec/28/2017

CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago woman who has crusaded against gambling for decades has won $25,000 by playing a sweepstakes game at a gambling cafe.

Kathy Gilroy, 68, told the Chicago Tribune that while it’s ironic she won the sweepstakes, the distinction is that she didn’t spend her own money to gamble.

Gilroy has said gambling can lead to addiction, bankruptcy, crime and suicide. She helped shut down a $1.6 million Queen of Hearts raffle put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in rural Morris, Illinois, this year until the raffle was properly licensed.

Gilroy said she’s participated in other sweepstakes and won prizes, including electronics and trips to the Bahamas and California. She said she enters sweepstakes because they’re made available free of charge under state law.

Morris VFW Commander Jerry Zeborowski said he was baffled to hear that Gilroy won the sweepstakes.

“It’s ironic that someone who’s anti-gambling would enter something like that,” Zeborowski said. “That’s a little hypocrisy there, don’t you think?”

Gilroy said she did have to think twice about accepting the prize, but said that she ultimately decided that it comes out of the profits of the gambling cafe’s parent company, Laredo Hospitality Ventures. She said she heard about the sweepstakes after signing up for the cafe’s emails.

“I called a pastor friend, and said, ‘Oh my God, should I send it back? What do I do? Do I donate it?’” she said. “He said, ‘Don’t feel guilty. You just got paid for all your volunteer work against gambling.’ It’s God showing his grace on me.”

Gilroy said she had the choice between a car and the money. She said she has already invested some of her money in stocks.

Despite shutting down numerous illegal raffles and raising awareness statewide, Gilroy said she takes advantage of sweepstakes whenever she can.

“It’s the gambling I oppose,” she said, “not the sweepstakes.”

Gambling News

Can I Bet on Caesars Sportsbook From Oklahoma?

Can I Bet on Caesars Sportsbook From Oklahoma?

You cannot bet on the Caesars Sportsbook app from Oklahoma, however, there are alternatives that include BetAdrian, which offers a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $2500) and a FREE $20 NO DEPOSIT BET.

Should I Fade the Patriots Against The Jets? October 24 Game Has New England Seeing 92% of Action

One of the biggest public favorites of the week is the New England Patriots facing off against the dreadful New York Jets.  In fact, some 90% of the spread bets were coming in on the Pats.

How to Resolve a Complaint With DraftKings in Connecticut

How to Resolve a Complaint With DraftKings in Connecticut

It's only been a week but one SportsBookReview player is already complaining that his account has been blocked by DraftKings in Connecticut....and there is more.  He is also saying they won't honor a promo.

Conor McGregor Responds to Tony Ferguson Accusations of PED Use With Death Threat

Conor McGregor Responds to Tony Ferguson Accusations of PED Use With Death Threat

Tony Ferguson is doing a good job of getting under Conor McGregor's skin apparently.  On Friday, he accused the former two-division UFC champ of taking human growth hormones.

Friday Night's Betting Action - October 22, 2021

Friday Night's Betting Action - October 22, 2021

Here is the action report for tonight's (October 22, 2021) CFB, MLB and NBA nationally-televised games

Syndicate