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Entry from November 11, 2017
“Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner”

"Gambling addiction hotlines would do better if every fifth caller was a winner” is a jocular one-line saying that was posted on Twitter by Jokes&Stuff FromJosh‏ on January 23, 2012. “Gambling addiction hotlines should offer prizes for every tenth caller” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on May 28, 2015. There have been slight variations to the joke, but “fifth caller” is usually used.

The gambling joke has been printed on several images.


Twitter
Jokes&Stuff FromJosh‏
@JASFJ
Fwd: Gambling addiction hotlines would do better if every fifth caller was a winner.
7:42 PM - 23 Jan 2012

Twitter
Holy Cow‏
@TURXJOKES
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner.
Via @JASFJ
10:55 AM - 26 Jan 2012

Twitter
Professional Amateur‏
@BigRobNelson
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner
1:49 PM - 29 May 2012

Funny Status
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better…
September 16, 2012 Silly Status Updates
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if ever fifth caller was a winner.

Google Books
More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2013
Pg. ?:
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Gambling addiction hotlines should offer prizes for every tenth caller.
submitted May 28, 2015 by bilateral_symmetry

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
The gambling addiction hotline should be a 1-900 number where only 1 out of every 10 operators actually tries to help you.
submitted February 14, 2016 by atthem77

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Gambling addiction hotlines should give a prize to every hundredth caller.
submitted April 27, 2016 by nothingdoing

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner.
submitted June 1, 2016 by [deleted]

Reddit—Oneliners
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner.
submitted October 24, 2017 by rexhepi123

Reddit—Oneliners
Gambling addiction hotlines would do so much better if every fifth caller was a winner.
submitted November 11, 2017 by bumbly1uk

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, November 11, 2017 • Permalink