Almost NEVER the lottery, I consider them sucker bets. I've done it a couple times before, but only when nobody's hit for many weeks, and the pot is WAY up there at record levels - pot odds
, ya know. But generally, I keep away.
The occasional NFL or NBA finals bets on Bodog. And I'll always buy up a few silly squares locally in the NFL playoffs & Superbowl
. In fact, I used to run those in my office when I lived in Chicago. I used to go to the Racetrack occasionally (Arlington Park, IL & Yonkers Raceway NY). Fun to make small bets on every race, and watch the race. Never got into OTB, just enjoyed it in person.