Friday, December 11, 2009

Lotto Luck

One of my luckiest encounters with the New York Lottery was the time I found a ticket among other discards in the parking lot of the Upper New Scotland Avenue Stewart's. It was on the gorund, the first thing I laid eyes on when I opened th edoor to my car to get out. I never pick anything up off the ground, but for some reason I snatched the ticket up. I don't even remember what kind of ticket it was. All I know was someone had scratched all the numbers off and probably tossed it, figuring it was a loser. It was a little more complicated than a normal scratch ticket: there was a "special" character, that if it appeared on the ticket, and matched another number on the ticket, was a winner. I pocketed $25!!! The poor soul who threw the ticket away likely had no idea it was a winner.

I was intrigued a few years back when I watched street magician David Blaine pick out a winning scratch ticket for a gentleman in New York City. David Blaine sends the fellow into a bodega to buy three random scratch off lottery tickets. When the man comes out with the three tickets, David asks him to pick his favorite ticket of the three. David gives the man a 'magic coin' to scratch the favorite ticket with. The ticket required getting 3 like symbols to win the associated prize. Scratching the ticket in front of the camera, at first it looks like the man doesn't win, but David then points out a "coin" symbol above one of the prizes. He then points out that the ticket instructions say if you get a "coin" symbol you win all 10 prizes. He adds all 10 prizes up and they total $1600. The man is a bit disbelieving. The camera then follows him and David into a local lottery payout office, the ticket is verified, and the man is given $1600. The video clip is on YouTube along with almost 3-thousand comments! Is it real, or not?

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  1. That was some trick! The TV camera followed the man into the store as he looked at the tickets on display prior to selecting his three tickets. I think it was in New York City (not sure of this) as many of David Blaine's TV segments were filmed there. It looked like the lottery payout office was within a short distance as they walked to it (again, New York City?).

    This had to be an expensive illusion because to get a $1600 winner you would have to scratch through a LOT of tickets...and then to substitute the winning ticket by slight of hand he would have had to have known which ticket to have a winner of...and the camera did show them scratching the ticket.

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