Chuck-O-Luck’s TGIF: Rolling the dice for fame and fortune | local news

I came out as a loser – again – in last week’s Mega Millions jackpot, so I’m going to have to build my fortune the old-fashioned way: through Chuck-O-Luck.

Sure, mastering this staple at church festivals isn’t likely to yield millions in profits, but I can collect a king’s ransom in shampoo, jigsaw puzzles, and light bulbs.

And unlike the heartless lottery, Chuck-O-Luck offers a consolation prize to losers, often in the form of a Tootsie Roll, to calm us down.

It’s a simple game: you have to roll the dice and choose a “lucky number”. Each time you roll the dice, you count how many times your number appears. Every time the dice roll “five”, you get a point. You win a prize (or not) depending on how many times that number appears.

Yes, it’s a gateway drug to gambling, but it’s also very low stakes and can, in a pinch, double as a counting lesson for early learners.

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I first encountered chuck-o-lac when I was a little kid, playing for what seemed like hours with my grandmother, a big witch in the chuck-o-lac arena.

We’ve happily rounded up the local church festivals to play the greatest game ever invented. The fact that we were helping local parishes, in my grandmother’s eyes, made gambling with an 8-year-old a sacrament.

‘Upper Shelf’ Rewards

There are three levels of prizes, depending on your score, and strive to be the winner of the Top Shelf.

This is where they keep the good stuff, like stuffed animals or a pasta strainer in the original packaging.

Winning at all is a plus, of course, but the Bottom Shelf prizes tend to be mundane: air fresheners and Kleenex packs. Walk around with these loot instead of this top-shelf cobalt blue desk lamp – with a bonus bulb! – Ranked as Chuck-O-Luck also on the festival grounds.

However, even the Bottom Shelf winner understands the thrill of beating Chuck-O-Luck dice.

It’s a good thing this is my only gambling addiction (one shared with my younger sister, Pat) because it’s such a low-cost game. For $10, I can keep my Chuck-O-Luck chair for half an hour. These are plenty of chances to feel a win and grab the pledge can I see on the middle shelf.

Chuck-O-Luck is available again at the church festival near you – St. Peter’s Catholic Church (starting today) and Holy Rosary (starting August 14).

I have a suggestion for the organizers of the revived Kenosha Casino project.

While traditional table games are fine – poker, blackjack and any craps – I’d like to see a Chuck-O-Luck table or two included in the plans. Just think of the fun prizes we’ll find on Hard Rock Top Shelf!

Until then, let’s roll those dice.

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