I have to tell you I think I am on the luckiest streak in the history of Jenkinson's Pavilion Arcade in Point Pleasant Beach. I have the winning streak going at that big Price Is Right looking wheel that spits out tickets with each spin.

First of all, I know it's not a Price is Right wheel. I know it's the Big Bass Wheel or something like that. It's a clever way that grown-ups can bulk up on some tickets so the kids can get what they really want when they redeem their tickets at the end of the day.

Well, the past two weeks Pop-Pop and Gigi took Jonathan to Jenk's for a little winter fun. He loves to play Halo and the car race games, and he drags his Gigi to play with him. And while they're at it, I head over to the Big Bass area to stock up on some 10 point tickets.

A really good spin gets you 75 tickets (or 750 points), but you can get 50 tickets, 25 tickets, etc. with each spin. And there's one tiny little sliver that'll get you 1000 tickets (or 10,000 points), and guess what Pop Pop got on his third spin. Bingo.

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The thing started ringing pretty loud, and I thought to myself how ridiculous a grown man must look like standing there by himself while the fisherman's voice is cheering me on and tickets are spitting out of the bottom of the machine.  But I didn't care, Jonathan was going to be happy.

Fast forward one week. Same place, same time. Pop Pop feeds the two dollars in and spins. Here it comes. That tiny slice of the wheel named 1000. Slowly it made its way around until the arrow and the sliver, like two lovebirds on the beach, met in glorious celebration.

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The lights lit, the bells rang, the fisherman spoke. It was just like last week, only weirder, because some lady behind me squealed to her husband, "Harry, he did it". Her bellowing screech was loud enough to hear at Joey Tomatoes, and now everyone was looking.

The good news? Lots of tickets for Jonathan. The bad news? I'm out of luck for about a decade. I guess I'm ready for Atlantic City.

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