How to Win the Lottery!

Lottery Winner

Is it possible to dream the winning numbers of the lottery? Or to experience a premonition when they are about to win?
Skeptics like to ask why, if psychic powers are real, people with strong psychic abilities aren't able to foresee the winning numbers in their country's national lottery. But in fact many lottery winners have said their winning numbers came to them in dreams; that they awoke with five or six numbers in their heads, jotted them down, played them, and won.

Confident Bet

Mary Wollens of Toronto won the Ontario Lottery on 30 September 2006 after seeing "a lotto ticket and a large cheque" in a dream a couple of days before the drawing. Dreaming of winning isn't all that unusual, of course. The remarkable part was that Wollen's predictive dream enabled her to win the same lottery twice! She had already bought a lottery ticket with the combination she later dreamed about, but her dream instilled her with such confidence that she went out and bought a second ticket with those same numbers. Normally, this would not be a sensible strategy. As it turned out, however, someone else had also correctly picked all six numbers for that week's draw, so instead of having to share the $24 million jackpot with another winner, Wollens was able to claim a two-thirds share and collect $16 million!

Judge Upholds Predictive Dream

Then there was the strange case of Fatih Ozcan, a waiter at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant in York, UK, who, in 2012, had a vivid dream in which he won the EuroMillion Lottery. In the dream he saw himself holding a large bundle of cash, with his boss, Hayati Kucukkoylu, standing in front of him. A strong believer in the power of dreams, Ozcan interpreted this to mean that he and Mr Kucukkoylu would win the lottery.

The following day he spent hours trying to persuade his reluctant boss to share a ticket, believing that he needed his employer to play for the dream to come true. In the end Kucukkoylu relented, and together the two men picked the numbers that would win them the £107.9m jackpot.

The psychic aspect of the win only came to light when Kucukkoylu tried to claim all the winnings for himself (while it was Ozcan who had actually bought the ticket, he had given it to his boss for safekeeping, while he had kept the receipt and the payslips), and the dispute over ownership of the ticket went to court.

After watching CCTV footage from the restaurant which showed Ozcan telling his boss about his dream and badgering him to share a ticket, the judge ruled that Ozcan was entitled to half the money. The video footage also showed both men selecting the winning numbers.

Handing down his ruling, Judge Mark Gosnell said: “I find that Mr Ozcan had a dream which involved him and Mr Kucukkoylu and a large sum of money. Mr Ozcan pestered his boss into playing the lottery with him. They contributed equally to the purchase price of the ticket.”

He Dreamt It, She Predicted It

In 2008, Tony Nutbrown, a builder from Carlisle UK, had a dream in which he won the lottery jackpot.

The following morning, a woman visited his daughter, Claire's, pet shop in Hull - more than 170 miles away - and told her that someone in the family was about to win the lottery.

Later that day, Nutbrown walked to his local shop to pick up a lucky dip. And when the numbers 7, 16, 17, 23, 29, and 34 were drawn a few hours later, he became one of four jackpot winners, scooping a total of £3,038,567.

"Claire didn't tell me about it until after I had won, but even if she had, I don't think she would have believed her," he told reporters at the reception following his big win.

"At the time this woman came in, Claire thought it was a very strange thing to say. She has been in before and Claire knows her by sight but not her name.

"She said this peculiar thing and then left without another word.

"Then, that night, I won the jackpot. It's either an incredible coincidence or this lady can see into the future."

Jackpot Premonition

In March 2014, Neil Trotter who runs a car repair garage in South London, had a premonition that he was about to win the EuroMillion Lottery. So confident was he about his forthcoming win that on the Friday lunchtime he announced to his friends that he would be "a multi-millionaire this time tomorrow." His prediction came true as he scooped the £107.9 million jackpot that same evening.

Trotter also joked that with a surname like his, fate may have played a part in his good fortune. In the popular British comedy series, Only Fools and Horses, the show's protagonist, Delboy Trotter - whose catchphrase is "This time next year we'll be millionaires" - wins the lottery.

Good Fortune Cookies

When the results began coming in from the 30 March 2005 Powerball lottery in the US, officials suspected fraud was underway. While there had been only one winner of the $13.8 million jackpot, a record 110 players were claiming second prizes of either $100,000 or $500,000 for having matched the first five of the six numbers drawn. Normally the lottery, which is held across 29 US states, pays out only about four or five second-place prizes.

On investigation, it turned out that there had been no skullduggery involved. The truth was more bizarre. The one-in-three-million combination of 22, 28, 32, 33, and 39 had been selected by so many lotto players because it had been the "lucky numbers" given to them in their fortune cookies in the days preceding the draw. The cookies missed on having all six winning numbers by a mere matter of recommending 40 rather than 42 as the red Powerball number. The predictive cookies had been manufacturered at the aptly-named Wonton Food Inc. of Long Island City, New York.

Four Times Lottery Winner!

In Texas, meanwhile, a Lottery player called Joan R. Ginther, known in the press as the “luckiest woman in the world", has managed to win the lottery four separate times, picking up more than $20 million in prize money.

Ginther's first win netted her $5.4 million; then a decade later, she won $2 million; then two years later $3 million; and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot.

"Spooked" Winner

In May, 2014, Terry Vigus, from Loughton in Essex, UK, had "a very vivid dream" about matching numbers on his lottery ticket, and said he was "surprisingly spooked" when he scooped nearly £1.2m. He said his dream showed the lottery balls dropping and one by one they matched the numbers on his ticket.

"I had matched five and was waiting for the sixth ball to fall when I suddenly woke up," he said. "It was really annoying and I couldn't get it out of my head."

Saw Winning Numbers in a Dream

In December, 2011, an Auckland man saw his winning Lotto numbers in a dream. He won $6,142,857 in New Zealand's Lotto Powerball draw.

A family spokesperson said the winner changed his Lotto ticket numbers after seeing the sequence in a dream.

"About five or six weeks ago, he dreamed of a set of Lotto numbers, so he changed his ticket to these new numbers."

"He called me up on Sunday saying he thought he'd won something, but he'd not heard all of the numbers. I looked them up on the internet for him and read them out while he checked them off, and he just kept saying 'yes, yes, yes' and we realised he'd got them all!"

These are just a few of the many, many cases in which there was an element of precognition involved in big lottery wins.

So what's the secret?

Our resident psychics offer the following advice for lottery players:

  • Adopt a positive, optimistic frame of mind. Believe that you can win. If you buy a lottery ticket with the idea that you aren't going to win, then you lessen your chances of winning.

  • Practice visualization. Before you select your numbers, see yourself ticking off the winning numbers. Visualise this as clearly and in as much detail as possible.

  • Decide right now what you would do with the money if you did win. Make a written list of the things you would do. Most people only have a vague idea of how they would spend their winnings. When you plan something in detail, you make it more likely to happen.

  • Always follow your intuition. If you get a hunch telling you to use a particular number or combination of numbers, do it. Don't overthink it or second-guess yourself. First impressions are far more likely to be right than ideas arrived at using logic.

  • If you don't consider yourself to be a "lucky" person, get someone who is lucky to pick your numbers.

  • Select your numbers when you are feeling energetic and in a good mood. Never pick your numbers - in fact never take part in any kind of gamble - when you are feeling tired, depressed, stressed out etc.

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