NBC – Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband’s charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker — and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. O’Connor, the mayor of California’s second largest city from 1986 to 1992, pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt. An attorney for O’Connor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client won more than $1 billion from 2000 to 2009 playing video poker in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and San Diego, but lost most of it.
She won and lost a billion dollars at video poker? A billion dollars? What? That’s impossible isn’t it? Absolutly impossible. How the fuck do you win and lose a billion dollars gambling on video poker? What slots was she playing? Like 500,000 a pull? Listen I know how easy it is to lose money gambling. If I had to guess I’d say I’ve lost close to 2 million dollars in my life. But a billion? That’s got to be the greatest lie ever told right? A billion?