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  1. I guess the important question would be: Is she happy? Although she bought the winning tickets on occasional visits to her father, she lives in Las Vegas and could well be a slot-machine zombie. I don’t think I’ve been in a slot-machine hall but Japan’s pachinko parlours are surely a modern-day hell-realm.

    If you plot everyone’s random luck on a chart it will probably look like a standard distribution curve (a.k.a. bell curve) in which a few people are at one end having no luck at all and a few others are at the other end having recurring good luck. Some would say that those on the wrong end of the curve are working off a truckload of bad karma.

    Ajahn Chah always used to criticize reliance on good luck and magical charms, preferring people to invest in something which would truly serve them. But it happened that he died on January 16th and his funeral was on the 16th. The memorial stupa had 16 pillars, was 32 metres high and had foundations 16 metres deep. Consequently a huge number of people in Ubon province bought lottery tickets with ones and sixes mixed together – and won. The next day the newspaper headline read “LUANG POR’S LAST GIFT TO HIS DISCIPLES” and a couple of local bookies went bankrupt.

    • hehe. I had not heard that story before…. As well as the bell curve, which sounds perfectly reasonable to me, we might note that the slot machine zombie (etc.. for scratch cards) must number in the millions of people, who would also have a bell curve graph – some of whom would win. But being ‘in’ the game would give them more chance.

      I bet she whittles away that money gambling more over the years.

      A bit like the joke of the guy who asks God to help him by making him win the lottery. God replies in a booming voice from the clouds “ok, I will”

      Months later the guy has not won, and complains. The voice from the coulds appears again “meet me half way, and buy a ticket”.

  2. The odds that Joan Ginther would hit four Texas Lottery jackpots for a combined nearly $21 million are astronomical. Mathematicians say the chances are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion – that’s 18 and 24 zeros.