The Thai National Lottery – Balls to Trees and Dreams
Thai National Lottery – Rub That Tree
We were at Kamchanod, near Ban Dung, in Udon Thani Province. We were approaching Kamchanod’s Nāga temple when Wonderful Wi suddenly stopped and started stroking a sacred wishing tree.
In Thailand, just like anywhere else in the world, everyone wants the next winning lottery lucky numbers that will make them rich. And Thais will even stroke trees to get them.
My interest in writing a lottery post started when I read an article on My Thai Friend titled Thai Lottery Predictions – The Gecko Speaks, which tells of blog author Mike’s strange way of forecasting the winning Lottery numbers. Mike counts the consecutive calls that his house gecko makes to produce digits for the different Thai lottery draws. A strange method, but what about the tree?
I asked Wilai why she had rubbed the tree, and she told me, without any hint of bashfulness, it was to bring her luck on the next lottery draw. Apparently, by rubbing the bark of the tree, lucky numbers will appear before you. Most people apply white powder to the bark beforehand to make the numbers more clearly seen. Very odd.
Lottery fever grips the Thai nation in the days before every draw and none more so than in the rural parts of Thailand. It’s every villager’s dream to strike it lucky, and they use many ways to try to capture the jackpot prize.
Dream, Dream, Dream
Dreams are a big winner when it comes to lottery numbers, and why not, everybody has dreams, but it’s more about how you interpret them. Dreaming about a deceased relative could hold the winning two-digit number if applied to their age when they passed away. If those dreams only realize financial nightmares, then there’s plenty of other ways to succeed.
Many people visit temples and pray for good luck and lottery tips, or seek advice from monks, or the lucky monk who gave the winning numbers for the previous draw.
Birthdays, house numbers, car registrations and mobile phone numbers are just some of the methods used to try to match those winning balls and win the first prize of two million baht ( US$55,000). The 120 baht commission paid ticket equates to an astonishing four-fifths of the Thai minimum daily wage, yet Thais continue to fill the National Lottery coffers in the twice-monthly draw.
If all else fails then there are many Thai lottery magazines on sale offering tips and hints, and of course, the winning picks for the next draw. For me, the gecko seems as good a way as any, especially after my rubbing of the wishing tree bore nothing at all. Wilai had a luckless lottery, and my numbers were in it but never going to win it, so maybe we were barking up the wrong tree.
Have you got a mad lottery method that works for you or is it going to be lights out, TV off, and listen out for the gecko. Good luck on the next draw.