The California lottery is promoting psychics now: Psychic Messages Lead to $1 Million Powerball® Win!
That headline is a bit misleading.
Kevin Millard of West Hollywood used to buy lottery tickets regularly. Then he cut back except for the “big” pots. (A common thing for people who feel they don’t want to miss out on double-digit millions but will pass on the measly 1-2 mill).
He also called on a psychic during a time he felt he needed some advice:
During a miserable period of my life — you know, your average Tuesday — I went to see a psychic.
She got everything wrong. She became more and more frustrated, until she finally exclaimed: “Come on! Can’t you just tell me?!”
She kept the money, of course. Which is why I have a certain skepticism for those who claim psychic abilities.
It seems as if this psychic was of the typical ilk. She told Millard that he would be coming into money. According to what Millard told CNET, when he noticed the $208 million jackpot, his interest piqued and he recalled the psychic’s persistent messages – namely the one about the money. He made a point to go to a different store to purchase the ticket. He does not give a good reason WHY he did this, it had nothing to do with the psychic apparently.
“I thought, ‘I gotta play a lottery ticket. Maybe she’s right,’” Millard said. Just to shake things up even more, he told us he ditched his regular stores and searched out other places known to have had prior wins. That’s how he ended up at Golden Rule Liquor, which is located at 7753 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles…the place where he plopped down $20 for 10Powerball tickets. “It’s the first time I’ve been in there,” Millard said. One of those tickets matched the numbers 12-43-17-26 and 48, missing only the Powerball number 24.
So, let’s review:
- He went to see a psychic. She failed him at a reading.
- The psychic told him something he wanted to hear (that he was coming into money).
- He obviously was interested in money since he played the lottery before; the pot often gets very high when people don’t win. People don’t win because of EXTREMELY long odds. (1 in 175,223,510, to be precise — less than the odds of someone becoming president of the United States or being born with an extra finger or toe.)
- Due to the pestering of the psychic, he connected her message with his hope of winning.
- He chose a different location but that doesn’t mean the random numbers he was assigned were anything special. (If he picked his OWN numbers, then it really would not have mattered where he purchased the ticket.)
- He didn’t win the jackpot. Only a million.
Meh. Color me unimpressed. The Lottery Board is happy whenever someone wins. If they can promote it with a fun angle, they do.
He’s not saying that the psychic’s powers were responsible here. Because she did NOTHING but be a pain. She certainly didn’t give him any winning numbers (psychics NEVER do). This psychic angle is just a shallow attempt at making loose connections and our brain perceiving them as meaningful. Odds are shorter that she will continue to pester Millard now that he has money to burn. Maybe she will say the money is cursed unless she gets some of it. Psychics do that, you know.
By the way, the article on CNET, a tech web site, contains a helpful reader comment: “Please keep articles about tech news. Thank you.” I LOLed.