For many people, playing the lottery is more than a random game of chance. It is a game that involves a lot of praying, rituals, charms, and even magic! How far some people are willing to go to win the lottery is a little alarming, if not scary.
If you know someone with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), you may be familiar with rituals and how important they are to the person. They just don’t feel right unless the ritual is performed perfectly every time. These rituals can be as simple as checking the door to see if it is locked several times, to being more extreme like washing your hands multiple times under hot water.
Lottery players have their own rituals they firmly believe in. Some people use a mild form of ritualization when they are playing the lotto. These rituals include placing a newly purchased ticket in a pocket-sized Bible and placing a golden cross on top before bedtime. Another carries a “God Rock” with them.
Non-religious rituals include having a beer before checking the lottery, placing the tickets under bobbleheads of their favorite sports players. Some wear lucky shirts when purchasing tickets while others use lucky pens. Hey… If it works for them, who am I to criticize?
I Put a Spell on You… Powerball Machine!
Call me a skeptic, but relying on voodoo to win the lottery is a little far-fetched. I’m a firm believer in fate and destiny, so you would think that magic and voodoo aren’t too far out of my realm of belief… But, eh. Magic is a little… Out there?