Ways to Gamble When You Have No Money

Two Red Casino Dice, Man Opening Empty Wallet
It may sound like a dream or an enticement, but there are ways to gamble when you have no money. It’s always better to have some loose change lying around. But even when you’re completely broke, there are still a few things you can do.

Let me be honest before continuing. If you’ve already gambled away all your loose change, I think you should take a break. Relax outside the gaming environment. Just go for walks every day for a couple of weeks.

If you don’t gamble much and just happen to be broke, think about other ways you can gamble before you head over to the blood bank and make a donation. Sure, giving blood saves lives and being paid to give blood is even better, but let’s look at the free options first, besides playing free online casino games.

The No Deposit Online Gambling Offer

I think everyone has come to loathe this idea, but I might as well discuss it. If you set the right expectations, you can still gamble. And there’s a small chance you’ll get to keep some money.

But if a no deposit bonus seems too good to be true, it’s probably buried by revised terms and conditions.

If you can still find a no deposit bonus that’s reliable, remember that it plays like real money.

You’ll probably never be able to withdraw it, but at least you’ll have a chance to get really lucky and surge past that playthrough requirement.

All of the offers I’ve looked at place a cap on how much you can claim in winnings. As long as the casino honors their side of the bargain and you don’t try to cheat them, you can gamble without risking any of your money.

And you might walk away with some pocket change if you jump through all their legal hoops. Just be patient about the process. The best US online casinos don’t exist for the sake of giving us money. They are businesses that expect to make a profit.

Play Second Chance Drawings With Other People’s Tickets

This is almost as bad a dumpster diving in my opinion. But I have a confession to make. My parents love looking for old junk sitting by the roadside.

If they think they can fix it, they’re not too proud to haul someone’s junk away for them. And my dad did once sell a wooden table he rescued and repaired.

If you have friends who play the state lottery scratch off tickets, then ask them if you can have their losers. Check the backs of each one, especially on the $5 and higher games. Some of them have second chance drawings.

Lottery Ticket With Pen Next to It

You’ve got about as much chance of winning a second chance drawing as of, well, winning the Powerball lottery, I guess. But it happens! The more you enter, the more chances you have to win.

This is the next best thing to playing in a sweepstakes. Actually, it’s better because you don’t have to wade through any magazine subscription offers.

I’ve seen people digging through the trash bin beside the lottery ticket machine at grocery stores. Now, that’s probably a sign they should go for a walk. But if you’re really wanting to surf that wave, it’s there for you.

Sign Up for Online Sweepstakes

I tried the online sweepstakes experience once. I thought it might be worth writing about.

If you don’t mind downloading adware, seeing fake security warnings pop up on your computer screen, or waiting while your browser loads 20 billion ads, you can sign up for a few sweepstakes games online.

While I didn’t have to buy any magazines, I didn’t win anything either. I felt lucky just to keep control of my computer.

But you can certainly climb that mountain if you’re feeling adventurous.

Gamble for Real Money by Yourself

This may not sound like fun, but if you’re having trouble saving up money for a decent gambling budget, try gamifying the process.

Gamification is where you reward yourself for doing the right thing. Are you trying to lose weight? Buy yourself a sundae on Saturday if you can go all week exercising for 20 minutes a day. That’s gamification in terms everyone can understand it.

One way to gamify saving money is to make yourself an offer every time you find you have some money. Say you find a $5 bill in your car. That would pay for lunch.

Reward yourself with a hot dog lunch at the local warehouse store like BJs, Costco, or Sam’s Club. You don’t need a membership to eat at their cafes. And the hotdogs are not only cheap, they’re better quality than those 12-packs you buy at the regular grocery store.

Woman Holding Dollar Bill

So, now you’ve had a filling, fatty fast food lunch (dog and drink) for less than $2, you can save the remaining $3 in your “rainy day” jar.

And here’s where the gambling part comes in. Challenge yourself to eat cheap for a week. If you succeed, you take the money you saved and add it to the “rainy day” jar. That’s a win.

If you cheat on your cheap diet for a week, you take ALL the money out of the jar and drop it in the nearest charitable donation box. That’s a loss.

I did this one year in college. It was much harder to stick to the plain than you might think. That jar stayed empty more often than it filled up.

Borrow Money for a Gambling Binge

Okay, don’t take out a loan or withdraw money from a credit card. Be smart about this. Time is money!

If you have friends who ask you for favors, like repairing their car or painting their house, ask them for a few bucks up front.

Really, you’re committing to doing odd jobs for money, but it’s technically borrowing until you’ve fulfilled your promise of completing a task. And I hope you follow through.

If you do cut a deal with a friend, explain why you need the money and see if they’ll help you out. And when they do, make paying them back with cash or service a top priority.

Don’t welch on your friends, and don’t overcommit. If you’re borrowing money every chance you get, it may be time to go for some walks around the neighborhood.

Spend your time wisely because time is money. How you spend your time also affects your health. Instead of stressing out your friends over a few dollars, spend an hour or two each day relaxing instead.

Never count on being able to pay someone back out of your winnings. And if a friend asks you for money, don’t listen if they offer to pay you back out of their winnings.

Take Up Freelance Writing

Is this an article about gambling without money or about making money? …Is there a difference?

If you can write halfway decently, you should be able to find a few freelance gigs. If you’re paid online, that makes it easier to transfer the money to a gambling account.

Woman Sitting Writing in Notebook, Coffee on Table

Freelance writing might include reviewing casino games. It might include writing about gambling tips. It might also include reviewing yoga videos on YouTube.

Whatever you decide, there’s always someone out there looking for writers. Try it out! You certainly don’t have to make a career out of it. All you need is a few dollars to burn an evening with. And earning that money at least gives you a sense of accomplishment.


No matter how poor and broke you feel, if you can get out of bed in the morning and keep a clear head, there’s usually some way you can either find money or gamble without putting anything down.

However you do it, don’t waste time and energy wishing you had more money to play with. Your gambling budget is dependent on you.

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