A spokeswoman for the Office of Personnel Management told The Associated Press that Paddock then worked as an agent for the IRS for six years until 1984. Paddock then was employed as an auditor focused on defense contracts for a little over a year, federal personnel records showed.
Irresponsible, but possible, I guess.
Plus he had income from real estate and apartments.
Gambling was his passion but not necessarily his main means of support.