It turns out that the laws of probability were not, in fact, suspended in favor of Chief Virtuecrat William Bennett. Having insisted at the time that he came out “pretty close to even,” he now admits having lost “a lot of money,” enough to have made a difference in his life. (*) (He still denies having been a gambling addict, and doesn’t see anything hypocritical in having made millions denouncing other people’s vices while ignoring his own.)
Whether or not he’s a hypocrite, he’s certainly a liar, having changed his story on a point he on which he could hardly have been mistaken.
Older post, including links to the Eugene Volokh/Brad DeLong exchange about whether Bennett’s earlier claim could have been true, here.