Media treats this windfall story with utmost credulity, noting that the winner was once told by a psychic reader that she would win the lottery. Oh really…?
A retired NYPD cop considers her new lottery jackpot divine — in a supernatural sense.
Edna Aguayo of Ozone Park, Queens, is the city’s first person to win $1,000 a day for the rest of her life through New York Lottery’s Cash4Life game.
The retired transit cop, 51, said her path to riches started at an amusement park more than 16 years ago when a fortune teller predicted her win.
“I was in an amusement park and went to see a reader. She told me to buy ‘for life’ lottery tickets because she could see that one day I was going to hit a ‘for life’ prize,” she said in a statement issued by lottery officials.
Unfortunately the New York Daily News do not seem to even question Aguayo’s claim, seemingly taking her story at face value. There is no way to tell if this ever happened. What if she had a dream that it happened but now it seems as if it was reality? Our memories are NOTORIOUSLY bad especially at accurately retrieving past events.
But if it did happen, how are we to know the psychic didn’t say the same thing to everyone else who paid her $2. Such psychics have a tendency to tell young women how many kids they will have or what their future lives will be like. Once in a while, the hits happen. It would actually be weird if it didn’t. But the lottery is a really poor bet. Lots more plunk down their money every week only to lose it repeatedly and NEVER win.
Stories like this sadly encourage superstitious and irrational belief.
Tip: Ray Gorman