Can Weird Mind Tricks Help You Win the Lottery?
By Jo Mason / How Stuff Works
We all know the statistics on the lottery. Even if you're not familiar with the
exact numbers, you've probably heard phrases like, "You have a greater chance
of being struck by lightning…"
There are those who believe that extrasensory perception (ESP) is not the exclusive property of seers. The believers say that everyone probably has it -- to some degree. For instance, the phone rings, and you know who's calling before you even pick it up -- and you don't have Caller ID. There are several types of ESP.
Telepathy is the ability to send or receive thoughts from others without using any of the five senses. It's commonly called mind-reading. Even if you did have telepathic power, it wouldn't be likely to win you a jackpot. Why? Because no one would know what those numbers would be before the drawing; therefore, there would be no information to be sent or to receive.
Clairvoyance is the ability to perceive objects or events in the past, present, or future without using any of the five senses. It's commonly called "seeing the future." If someone did possess clairvoyance, it obvioiusly would help him or her win the lottery.
There are those who believe that certain unique individuals' extrasensory powers operate more or less at a high level throughout their lifetimes. These people are known as sensitives, mentalists, seers, or psychics. Most of us, however, are limited to an occasional flash of intuition -- if even that. Still, if you ever have a hunch that you should play a certain number or series of numbers, it can't hurt to just do it.
For example, Richard Jacobs of Mirimar, Florida, had played the Lotto only once before, but he "had a hunch" that he should play again. He ended up with over $4 million.
Of course, you can't control the things you dream about, but if you do happen to dream about a specific number, then play it. Again, it can't hurt. If you dream about a certain number of people or objects, play that number also. Your subconscious often gives you clues in riddles, so become adept at interpreting hints from your dreams. For instance, if you dream of buying eggs at the convenience store, play the number 12 (a dozen). Or instead, play numbers with the same value as the one you dreamed of. For example, if you dream of the number 6, play the numbers 15, 24, 33, 42, or 51.
A Texas woman dreamed about dancing feet on three consecutive nights. Later she bought an instant Texas Two-Step ticket that depicted a pair of cowboy boots dancing. She won over $1,000.
Even though you may not be able to control your dreams, you can keep track of them. Sleep researchers recommend this method to help you remember your dreams: Keep paper and pencil within reach of your bed. Before you fall asleep, tell yourself that you will remember your dreams. When you wake up in the morning, try to recall the night's dreams while they're still fresh in your mind. Think about your dreams, and then write down as much as you can remember before you forget. And definitely jot down any numbers you see in your dreams.
Carl Jung had an interest in numbers. He also made a lifetime study of coincidence. Jung attributed these occurrences to unknown forces seeking to bring order to a chaotic world. He wrote that coincidences happen more frequently than probability theories would predict. He called the phenomenon synchronicity -- when seemingly unrelated events occur in some unexpected association with each other. Certainly, when it comes to lottery games, some very strange things indeed have occurred. As to whether they are random occurrences or synchronicity, pure chance or fate, only you can decide.
Fred Thompson of North Haven, Connecticut, had played 111 in the Pick 3 Game for days with no luck. But when he went to the store, he bought a Lotto ticket on a whim and forgot his usual Pick 3. That night he watched in dismay as the winning Pick 3 numbers -- 111 -- were announced. He wasn't disappointed for long, though. Shortly afterward, he found his Lotto ticket had won him $3.2 million.
Remember Bernie Bobowicz, who won the New York Lotto? Several years before he found the six winning numbers in the Bible, he had won over $3 million using his old army dog-tag numbers. And on the day he won using the Bible, he also picked five of six on another ticket.
In July 2000, Lotto Texas changed its field of numbers from 50 to 54. On the very first night, the six numbers drawn were 9, 28, 35, 51, 53, and 54. In a seemingly incredible coincidence, three of the four new numbers were drawn. Some people were skeptical, believing the drawing results were too coincidental. At the time, an assistant professor of statistics at Rice University, Keith Baggerly, said, "It's rare, but not that rare." He said the odds were 1 in 330 that three of the new balls would be drawn.
If Jung's theory appeals to you, then your challenge is this: Assimilate what you read in this article about numerology, astrology, dreams, charms, and so forth. Then use all those ideas creatively in connection with people and things that are personally significant to you, such as your family members, house, job, and hobbies. Who's to say that the people who used a toy spinner to win $14 million weren't actually making use of the ancient art of divination?
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