Gabriel Ting and John Wong, on the eve of the Chinese 2004 New Year (the Year of the Monkey) came up with what they considered to be the next winning lottery numbers.
Friends had advised them to use the principles of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of enhancing positive energies. Lucky number 13 could be used to take advantage of New Year’s luck. Or use the Chinese culture’s ultimate lucky number 8 (because its pronunciation of ‘Fa’ in Cantonese means to “make a great fortune in the future”). But the number eight is one of five numbers (1, 6, 7, 8 and 9) in Feng Shui… placing 1, 6 and 8 together is considered especially fortunate.
But Gabe and John thought, “Why use numbers that all our other Chinese friends will use – then we’d just have to split the jackpot with them?”
So they looked into a statistics book and found out that the odds of winning Canada’s Lotto Super 7 – the chance of matching 7 out of 7 numbers (from 1 to 47) – is 62,891,499 to one! “Hold on,” said Gabe, “we normally play the Lotto 649!” They felt relieved to find out that the chances of matching 6 out of 6 numbers (from 1 to 49) in the Lotto 649 were much better at 13,983,816 to one!
John then jumped up and down and shouted to Gabe, “Then we’re going to win the next lottery! We’ve already bought 13,983,815 tickets without winning – it’s our turn!!!!”
Gabe added up all the numbers, then turned to John and said, “Sum Ting Wong.”
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