Origins: The many hopefuls who invest a few dollars (or more) in lottery tickets in pursuit of instant wealth employ a variety of methods for choosing the potential winning entries. Some select numbers corresponding to personally signficant dates (e.g., birthdays, anniversaries); some depend upon intuition or "lucky" feelings; some believe
Many successful lottery entrants have said their winning combinations came to them in dreams; that they awoke with five or six numbers dancing in their heads, jotted the combinations down, played them, and won. Sometimes the dreamed-of numbers paid off right away, and sometimes the dreamers played those combinations for years before hitting the jackpot. So, that 86-year-old Mary Wollens of Toronto won the Ontario Lottery on
You see, Mary had already purchased a lottery ticket with the combination she later dreamed about, but her vision instilled her with such confidence that she went out and bought a second ticket with those same numbers. Now, some people would consider purchasing a duplicate ticket be a foolish waste of money (because if your numbers lose, you're needlessly out an extra dollar, and even if you hit the big jackpot, you don't necessarily get any extra credit for winning twice), but not Mary
As things turned out, someone else had also correctly picked all six numbers for that week's draw, so instead of having to split the
Last updated: 2 March 2007
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