VENEZUELA: The Lucky Laundress

The luck of the Widow Concepción Blanco de Herrera hit a hungry low one day last week: she had no money, no food, and seven unfed children crowded with her into a single room. But when she collected $3 owed her for washing clothes, she spent only half for groceries. With the other $1.50 she bought, for the second time in her life, a ticket on the Five-and-Six, Caracas' fabulous betting pool.

Based on the last six races of each Sunday's meeting at the Caracas Hippodrome, the Five-and-Six splits 70% of a huge payoff pot among pickers of all...

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