Ronnie’s gambling issues began later in life when she moved, in her forties, to Las Vegas. Her job in New York had been downsized, and so she ventured west to find work, never having gambled before at a casino. Ronnie’s family moved there previously, and she hoped to find new luck, so to speak. Her trips to casinos were infrequent, playing tour guide to visiting friends and families and never losing more than twenty dollars. But she never found the job she wanted, never found the boyfriend she wanted, and her brother passed away. Ronnie found the sport of gambling to be a distraction, and within a year was no longer gambling a few bucks, but the car payment.