In this day and age there’s so many ways to gamble: the internet, mobile devices, and gaming apps to name a few. There’s been a bundle of deregulation and licencing which have served to make gambling an acceptable part of society. But still, the sheep of the world flock to lottery outlets, day after day, some week after week. It’s become a habit after so many years. They pop out to the shop for milk and bread, returning home with a few Lotto tickets in their wallet, pants or jacket pockets. Any number of players also habitually forgetting where they have stashed their tickets every week!
This past January, a staggering £9.4million worth of lottery prizes in the UK alone were unclaimed. Their value will eventually be distributed to nominated charities or go into government coffers. If you’re in parts of Africa your unclaimed ticket will go to funding a latest-model Bentley for a corrupt politician – a nightmare scenario that only high-end car dealers and certain property developers approve of.
As a gambling activity, lotto may be the easiest of them all. It doesn’t call for a set of specific skills, other than the ability to count. But, depending on which one you play, your odds of winning a major jackpot draw could be as high as 1 in 292.2 million.
To put this in perspective you have a:
- One in 2.3 million chance of being killed by lightning
- One in 3.5 million chance of dying after coming into contact with a venomous animal or plant
- One in 10 million chance of being struck by falling airplane parts
Painful bad beats
There are too many hard-luck, or heart-breaking lottery stories to mention. Many of them become funny when reported and read, which adds to the misery of the individuals affected.
During 2007, for example, Donna Campbell of Miami, Florida, started to become suspicious of her husband, Arnim Ramdass, after he started to act strange. He made sure to keep all the televisions off and even disconnected their phone. Campbell’s suspicions turned into alarm after she found a postcard detailing a new home purchase made by Ramdass.
So Campbell decided to Google her husband’s name, only to find that he won a share of $10.2 million. As it turns out, Ramdass, along with 17 fellow airline mechanics, won the Florida lottery and split the winnings evenly. Because there were 17 winners, the winning amount came to around $600,000 before taxes. According to co-workers, after they won the lottery, Ramdass took a leave of absence.
Campbell had even more questions after her husband seemingly disappeared and ran off with the lotto winnings. She wanted her share of the money, and even took him to court to get it. The judge thought otherwise, siding with the runaway. Campbell has tried to divorce her husband ever since, but he is still to this day nowhere to be found!
Trash is cash
When Erick Onyango of Rockland County, New York, read aloud the winning numbers for a $1-million US Powerball jackpot in 2013, his roommate Salvatore Cambria saw his ticket was worthless and threw it in the trash – it proved to be a terrible mistake.
Bookkeeper Onyango had read the wrong winning numbers off the lottery website as it hadn’t been updated. So the ticket which Cambria had in his hand really was worth $1-million.
It was too late when the mistake was discovered and while tracing the ticket to a landfill in Ontario, it was never found. The ticket was well and truly lost, leaving Onyango and Cambria inconsolable. “I punched a hole in my bedroom wall, right through the sheetrock,” Cambria said of his reaction, which also involved “hysterical crying”. Even though they could prove they’d bought other tickets at the time the winning ticket was sold, they couldn’t claim their prize without the prize slip.
If you’re going to persists with five or six numbers and a 200-million-to-one-odd chance of winning, then do consider the services of a psychic. But just make sure you consult the right one, and ask the right questions.
Wisdom from an afterlife architect
Amusingly Richard Martini, author of ‘Architecture of the Afterlife: The Flipside Code’ wrote “If psychics can predict the future, then why aren’t there more lottery winners?”
“I’m fond of saying that no one can predict the future. However, people can ‘guess’ or ‘predict’ a likely outcome. So, if someone is off the planet, and has access to more information, then they are able to ‘guess’ or ‘predict’ a likely outcome, right? Like global-warming. At the rate we’re going, we won’t be able to breathe soon.
“However, in my work interviewing mediums (who appear to be able to communicate with people no longer on the planet) whenever I get into a deeply profound conversation with some entity or higher being – and the conversation turns deep and profound – I always say ‘Okay, so now… here’s the most important question. What are the lottery numbers?’
“And one day I was interviewing a medium and she answered “35, 24… 18…” etc. I whipped out my pen (it’s on camera, but I wanted to play them right away) and wrote them all down. I went up to the local lottery place and played those numbers… and I won …a dollar!
“When I won the dollar, I laughed and heard in my head, ‘Not very specific, were you?’ We have this fantasy that winning the lottery will change our lives for the better – but if you just study the statistics, you’ll find that only a small portion of those big winners wind up surviving that event – or their lives “turn for the better.”
“Usually, the ones who survive the Lotto ordeal are those who find novel ways to share it, give it away, or generally share their ‘good fortune’. So, if you want to win the lottery to help someone else, to help humanity, I would say you have a better shot at it. That’s a guess – and not a likely outcome. But good luck anyway!”