MONDAY COLUMN, 15 FEBRUARY
For regular wins, stick to sports and racing
The way we’ve been tipping to members of the IRC, they won’t ever need to resort to lotteries in attempts to get their hands on some gambling cash.

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, grab a few Lotto tickets and put them away in their pants or jacket pockets, or in their wallets. Any number of players are already in the additional habit of forgetting where they stash away their tickets, every week!

This January, a staggering £9.4million worth of lottery prizes in the UK were unclaimed and will be distributed to nominated charities or go into government coffers. If you’re in South 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 easier, 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 Powerball draw could be as high as 1 in 292.2 million.

To put this in perspective, you have a:
-One in 2,320,000 chance of being killed by lightning
-One in 3,441,325 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
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 decides to then Google her husband’s name, only to find that he won a whopping $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 about $600,000 before taxes. According to co-workers, after they won the lottery, Ramdass took a leave of absence.

Campbell wanted even more questions after her husband seemingly disappeared and ran off with the lotto money. She wanted her share of the money, and even took him to court to get it. The judge thought otherwise, siding with Ramdass. Campbell has tried to divorce her husband ever since, but he is still to this day nowhere to be found!
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 didn’t match.

So, he crumpled it up and threw it in the bin – which would prove to be a terrible mistake.

Bookkeeper Onyango had read the wrong winning numbers off the lottery website which hadn’t updated.
And the ticket which Cambria had in his hand really was worth $1-million – but he’d already chucked it out when he realised what had happened.  
  SALVATORE Cambria and Erick Onyango: Hysterical crying, to no avail!  
  “They traced it to a landfill in Ontario,” the pair’s lawyer, Edward Charles Logan, told the New York Post.
“There was even talk of getting a bloodhound at one point.”

But 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.

So, if you want to do the sensible thing and have daily top chances of winning, just stick with us at the IRC. Yes, that’s a plug for ourselves, but listen, our guru Joao Da Mata continuously finds the kind of bets that leave even us, his personal friends, astonished.

“They cannot possibly win on form sometimes, but then they win anyway,” said one IRC staff member.
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.

Richard Martini, Author, Director “Flipside” “Architecture of the Afterlife”, 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 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 “turns 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!”
                                                                        *** Thank you all for entering our five-clue, photo competition last week. We have 16 correct entries and a draw will be made this coming Thursday.

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