“Life is a lottery that we’ve already won. But most people have not cashed in their tickets” Louise Hay
Philosophy of winning the lottery – work on your inner world
More than ever before, lotto games have captured the imaginations and dollars of millions of people weekly. Perhaps, due to social media and the increased size of the winnings we are investing billions of dollars worldwide into buying lottery tickets.
Not only does winning the lottery mean a large windfall but, a large amount of money could come from other ways, such as a large inheritance or a lucky investment. Whatever way a windfall of any kind is welcome in most peoples lives. There is allegedly no formula to winning the lottery and each number has the same average of being picked.
Some people invest in complicated analysis software but, on the whole there is no proof that these systems work (if they did I should think it would be widely known and the inventors would be the winners as everybody would buy the soft wear)!
What does it feel like to beat the system and win?
Not many people manage to beat the system and win but one of the most famous in Australia is gambler David Walsh and his mentor fellow Tasmanian Zeljko Ranogajec. David Walsh is well-known for starting the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) as a way to repay a “debt for getting lucky in a way that does no one any good” (Joye 2013). It was described in 2012 by CNN as the world’s most ‘far out’ museum.
Interestingly, Walsh suggested many people are deluded by a phenomenon known as survivor bias, where we only focus on the winners and do not properly observe the losers. This misrepresents our notions of the probability of success. In a way, it could be associated with the default human inclination towards hope. Whereas ‘hope’ is decidedly important as a survival mechanism and for our mental health. On the other hand, it can be detrimental when weighing out the possibility of unexpected wins, hence the statement ‘you need to be in it to win it’. Although this is true, it is not always helpful when 1.7 million other people also enter in the lottery and that means your chances of winning are remote.
Moreover, Walsh argues success is often influenced by ‘correlated parlays’ (where one event significantly influences the probability of another). Examples of which can be seen in science when many scientists work on the same research but, in the end just one scientist gets the accolade for an invention that piggybacks on years of research from many experiments previous to the one discovery.
Also, Walsh states billionaires in financial markets “often make money in the low-probability, high opportunity outcomes that are essentially exhibiting ‘correlated parlays’ and they make people look clever and become rich when there was nothing but pathologies in the financial data” (Joye 2013).
Therefore from this analysis, it suggests winning something may not always be the wonderful experience we imagine it to be.
The Subconscious mind
Bearing this in mind many of us may repeatedly say we would like to win the lottery but in reality we are controlled by our subconscious mind. This is the case for me, there are things I value and wish for in life, yet I repeatedly do the opposite thing. For example, I have often stated what I would do if I won a large amount of money, yet I take no action towards this. I never bought any lottery tickets, so how was I going to win the lottery without buying any tickets?
This is because of my sub-conscious belief system. Whether I have a poverty mindset or low self-esteem there is something that was blocking me from the possibility of winning. This is a common phenomenon known as ‘the fear of winning’.
As, indicated earlier in this article many of us focus on the survival bias and only see the winners as someone other than us. We do not account for all the losers and disassociate ourselves as one of the crowd. So, if we do win we find it almost too hard to comprehend and in such a way we can do extraordinary things, like not claim our winning ticket (this is more common than you would imagine) or just not check the numbers to see if we have won.
This is all connected to our sub-conscious which can change but, it requires work and patience. If you think you cannot be bothered with working at something and just want it to happen, then that is quite normal. But, I believe if we work on something it makes it all the more worthwhile when we receive it. Thus, there is always hope and the subconscious mind likes to work in a way that is beneficial and it can be programmed to do so.
One way to modify the sub-conscious is to use affirmations to set up a positive and confident mindset, where you believe you deserve to win a large amount of money. It can take a lot of dedication and patience but that is also setting you up to accept a large win when it arrives.
I used to worry if I won the lottery I would feel guilty taking other people’s money but, I have invested a certain amount of money by buying tickets each week and feel it is a way to give us hope. Plus, money from the lottery is used to fund such things as films and give money to state governments. I justify this by cutting out one or two of my take-away coffees during the week (I don’t have that many but enough to cut down on). This saving ends up costing the same as my weekly investment in the lottery.
Even though we think we want to win the lottery, can we honestly say we believe we will win? Even with writing affirmations, many of us still have sub-conscious thoughts from our past such as “money is the root of all evil” and the fact we do not deserve to win. But, if we feed our mind with constant positive affirmations, this is said to influence our mind to override these negative undertows.
It can work but, we also have to clear these ingrained sentiments. Additionally, to affirmations, we can write out our negative thoughts. As once, they are written, it helps clear them and allow for success to be present. Under the surface we have millions of little bubbles of thoughts stored from our past, sometimes they never emerge but other times they are holding us back, so if we bring them to the surface and air them then they can dissipate and we can move on.
Alongside affirmations, it is important to work with other perceptions to feed the mind. For instance, visualisation is important and make sure you include emotions to give a visceral sense of winning, as our mind responds well to emotions, taste and feel. (If you look back to your childhood how do you remember things, often through emotion or touch or smell). One family holiday I went on when I was 7 all I remember was what I had for dessert (a Knickerbocker glory full of cream and coloured jelly)!
You must install the desire to win such as:
- Believe you’ll win – “it is my destiny to win the lottery”
- Believe in your luck – “I have the belief and luck to consistently win when I play the lottery”
- Know in your mind that you can do it – “I am destined to be a lottery winner and know I will win”
- Know that you can pick the winning numbers if you try – “Picking winning numbers will come easily to me when I try”
- Tell the universe you will take good care of the people you love – “I will look after my family and friends with the money I win on the lottery”
- Visualise your thoughts and tell the universe what you are thinking – “I now attract the winning lottery numbers”
- Imagine that you are a lucky person – “I am naturally lucky, I attract money and win the lottery”
There are many more affirmations and ways of instilling the winning formula into your head, but the main thing is to take action and commit to writing daily affirmations and visualisations. First thing in the morning and last thing at night. Remember to buy the ticket and claim the prize.
Alongside affirmations, we can ingest the concept of winning into our psyche by reading and absorbing the stories of people who win. If you combine a positive attitude with a mature detailed vision of the future you can align yourself with a vibration of ultimate success.
One such story is of Pearlie May Smith who won the Powerball jackpot in 2016. For Smith, the power of attraction was the desire to help her family and others in her community. Smith was quoted as dreaming of the winning combination and it is claimed she believed in her internal thoughts and affirmations that she would win a large amount of money (Phippen 2016).
Or, a young cowboy named Neal Wanless who chose a set of Powerball numbers and won $232.1 million. Strangely enough (or not depending on how you look at it) he chose his numbers in a town aptly named Winning! He also chose his winning numbers based on the birth dates of family members who are important to him (this is a common thing to do but not necessarily associated with winning) and thirdly, he kept living the same life he lived before, as he enjoyed it. Remember, it is important to make peace with the life you have and focus on what is good about it, rather than what is lacking.
Be grateful for what you’ve got and more will come to you. This helps you raise the level of your conscious to a higher level and is more likely to attract success. Giving is another way to raise the level of your vibrations to a higher level, in turn attracting good fortune to you.
What to do with your winnings
Some advice on keeping happy when you’ve won the lottery and maintaining your wealth for the future are as follows:
- Keep your lottery win as private as you can – to avoid pressures from family and friends
- Don’t quit your day job yet – let the high of winning settle down and get some financial advice
- Hire a financial adviser or team of advisers – make sure you research for a good ethical adviser
- Create a spending plan – i.e. make a budget it is fun and gives a sense of security
- Don’t spend any of your lottery money – only spend the income, not the principal
- You are going to get asked for money – so give yourself boundaries to protect yourself in advance
- Take extra time with your relationships’ – as with all relationships’ communication is vital
- Keep your lottery winnings positive – keep working on your inner self to make the most of your winnings. Remember the good things you want to do with your money, set up a charity, start a film company, read inspiring stories of the good things people have done with large amounts of money.
There is a lot of information in this article and I hope it is helpful. Good luck with your inner work to achieve any goals you are aiming for, keep going as it may take time but you will get there in the end.
You can do it.
Please share thoughts and stories below in the comments section and I will get back to you,
Good luck and all the best,
Johnson R and Klotz J (1993) ‘Estimating hot numbers and testing uniformity for the lottery’, Journal of the American statistical Association Vol 88 (422) pp 662-668
Joye C (2013) ‘David Walsh’s wisdom beats the odds’ Opinion, Financial Review https://www.afr.com/opinion/david-walsh-s-wisdom-beats-the-odds-20131214-ij8gn
Phippen J (2016) ‘The $249-million Powerball winners are……a New Jersey woman and her family’ U.S. The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2016/05/powerball-winners/482883/