Coffee!! A lesson in design detection, or in not being stupid enough to buy lottery tickets


Srivastava had been hooked by a different sort of lure—that spooky voice, whispering to him about a flaw in the game. At first, he tried to brush it aside. “Like everyone else, I assumed that the lottery was unbreakable,” he says. “There’s no way there could be a flaw, and there’s no way I just happened to discover the flaw on my walk home.” And yet, his inner voice refused to pipe down. “I remember telling myself that the Ontario Lottery is a multibillion-dollar-a- year business,” he says. “They must know what they’re doing, right?”

Oh yes, Mohan, that’s something you can count on for sure. The government knows what it’s doing. Or someone else knows what they’re doing. Or anyway …

Oh, go ahead, losers. Believe everything is due to chance and buy those darn tickets. Maybe we’ll finance a hospital out of it. Still, …

Denyse O'Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

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