by Corinne

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Getting better at this lottery stuff.

They have little machines everywhere that scan your tickets and tell you if you are a lucky winner.

Yesterday, I was waiting for an elderly man to finish his –

HE WON!  He was so excited.

How much?

Three dollars.

I am considering this a good omen.

Started to think of some of the lucky things that have happened I never anticipated.

I was driving on an eight lane highway in a torrential rainstorm.  It was almost impossible to see the road.

Suddenly, my car slid and it ended up facing four lanes of traffic coming at me.

As I heard the screeching of brakes, the thought came into my mind.  Very calmly.

“Oh, this is going to be how you die.”

One car bumped my fender.

I was shaking as I got out of the car.  About a 20 car pileup.  Lots of damage.

The police were there. I approached one.

“This was a lucky miracle.  No one is hurt.  Probably because they were all going ten miles an hour. Are you OK?  Do you want to file a report?”

I didn’t.  He told me to get out of the way.  Tow trucks were coming.

I turned my car around and went home.


Friends invited me to the Arlington Park Racetrack.  I never go to racetracks.  Know nothing about horses.

They gave out a racing form.

I went down the list and checked off horses I had never heard of.  Then I bet two dollars on the first one to either win place or show.

The first one came in second.

So I bet another two dollars on the next.

I won every race.  Went home with $340.  From the same two dollars.

After several  wins, old seasoned race guys came up to me –

“Hey, Red.  Who have you got in the fifth?”

After that, I went to the track several times.


Maybe we don’t give luck enough credit.  Put too much intention behind what we do.

Perhaps, we should just go blindly along, following our intuition, and throw stuff on the wall – GOOD AS WE CAN – with no great investment in whether it will work out or not.

Perhaps we put too much stress on the Universe and end up blocking our intentions.

Maybe we should just do our best – and let it go.



(more than three dollars)


MULTI- MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY – what would you do with it?


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michelle vandepas
July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

they have lottery machines there??


July 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Dear Michelle –


Not to buy a ticket I don’t think. (I’m new at this)

But they have scanners EVERYWHERE that read your ticket and tell you if you won.

So far I see “Not A Winner.” Four dollars invested so far.

You’ll be the second to know if I win. First my broker son, Peter.


Kathy Ver Eecke July 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I definitely believe in, and am grateful for luck. I haven’t won the lottery, though I know several (yes, I said several) people who have won BIG. In one case, a family in Mexico that moved there after being exiled from Cuba, won twice. Yes, I know. Lightening and all. But yes, it does strick twice. At least with that family.

I’ve worked for more than one entrepreneur that claimed luck was on their side. One gave a speech about the fact that he’d rather be lucky than good. I go back and forth on which side of that equation I want to be on.

But either way, I believe in it. I’ve experienced some great luck in my live, for which I am immensley grateful.
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July 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

Kathy, it would be great to win ONCE.

I heard of another couple – I think from Ohio – who won twice too.

Maybe I have to invest in more tickets.

This was interesting in your comment –

“One gave a speech about the fact that he’d rather be lucky than good. I go back and forth on which side of that equation I want to be on. ”

Need to think about that one too.

BTW Your blog is getting better and better. You are really telling it how it is. Love it.


Kathy Ver Eecke July 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Thanks so much on the compliment. Yeah, I hear ya on the winning ONCE thing. Would be nice. Hold on to your hat….I know FIVE people that have won the lottery. F-I-V-E!

The first was a priest in my family’s parish in NY yeeeaaars ago. With the vow of poverty and all, everything went to charity. Another was a bar fly where I worked during the summers. Ruined his life, in my opinion.

The gaurd at the gate at my parent’s golf community is the third. He retired from the police force after winning then decided he liked to work. Well as much as reading and chatting with visitors was working.

And then the family in Mexico. I count them twice…since they won twice!

The moral of the story…hang around me and good things happen. Sadly, the lottery luck doesn’t bleed over to me though.


July 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

Wonderful news, Kathy –

Love to hear that people actually do win and someone knows them.

I definitely intend to hang around you. You’re stuck with me.

(not just for the lottery)


Debbie from Happy Maker
July 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Hi Corinne,

I believe it is all in the attitude. this reminds me of when my daughter was a senior and I worked at a black jack table they had after the prom. they had play money, but you could by prizes with it. there was this one young man that sat down at the table. He had the attitude of just having fun. Didn’t care if he won or lost, he was going to have fun

He just kept winning and winning. As I watched him, it was all in his attitude. He was just having fun.

On a highway going the other direction, I would say you had someone looking out after you. As for the horses, it was in your attitude. You had know idea what you where doing and it didn’t matter. You were just having fun.

With that said, guess I will go buy a lottery ticket and just have some fun. LOL
Thank Corinne. Love your post.
Hugs to you,
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July 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

Debbie my dear –

You may have hit on the core of it. That young man was having FUN!

When I was picking the horses – it was fun to see their names. Some of them were so catchy.

Picked the ones who I thought were cuter and appealed to me.

Those grizzly old guys hanging over the fence at the track probably spent all week analyzing the odds and background of each horse.

Good luck in the lottery.

Knowing you, it will be fun.


Debbie from Happy Maker
July 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

You are most likely right about the grizzly old guys. They were to worried about winning, so they were not having any fun.

When I get around to buying that ticket, I will let you know how it turns out. You always make me smile Corinne.
Hugs to you,
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July 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

Debbie, the reason those guys were not having fun is that they are gamblers.

They consider it their job.

And they are betting with the grocery money. Does not sound like fun to me.


Johnny July 16, 2011 at 3:40 am

Hope is not a plan. If you want to be rich, start figuring out what you can do to help others or the world.

July 9, 2011 at 4:57 am

I think I am a mud on the wall guy though I do subscribe to the philosophy that is summed up by this statement:
“The harder (and smarter) I work, the luckier I get.” Great Post!
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July 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

Dear Bruce –

I didn’t say you should not work “harder and smarter.” I think we all do that. Although, writing this blog seems to be more fun for me than working.

Sometimes, I am really amazed at the posts that people like better than others though.

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called When Your Husband Has Died – A Survival Guide. It has about 2400 comments and has turned into a forum for widows. They all support each other and confide in each other. It belongs to them now. I rarely comment.

It was a big surprise.

Guess that’s my mud on the wall that stuck.

The trick is to do it and let it go.

And then, fortunately, I have you – who likes most of my mud.


Nancy Shields
July 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

You are on a roll my BFF and luck is calling your name –

I love what you say and it touched a nerve in me: Perhaps, we should just go blindly along, following our intuition, and throw stuff on the wall – GOOD AS WE CAN – with no great investment in whether it will work out or not.

This is what I call going with the flow and allowing luck to enter your space in life…..does it really have to do with luck or the way we live – taking the risks, to love, to live, to travel……

In gratitude for your amazing words,
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July 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Dear Nancy – my serious BFF –

Intuition is seriously underrated.

It is segregated to the woo-woo consciousness people and the majority think it is a just a little weird.

Let’s take that thought to something we all have experienced.

You go to a party – and you are greeted warmly (?) by someone there.

Sounds good, right?

She is smiling. But your gut is telling you this is a real phony. She probably does not really care anything about you.

Where did that come from? Not from anything that has been said.

It comes from your GUT, from your intuition. Something you know without any evidence.

It is said to be the opposite of analytical and rational thought.

I can’t say this works 100%. But when that vibe is on it is right.

You said,

“does it really have to do with luck or the way we live – taking the risks, to love, to live, to travel……”

All of the above – and trusting what the energy is telling you.
And following the energy right in front of you.

I don’t think I picked all those horses accidentley.

For some reason, that day, I was –
as sport stars say –
“in the zone.”


Andrew from Build Blog
July 10, 2011 at 4:08 am


Someone I know won the lottery – not the huge $millions but a really nice amount. Enough to be comfortable in his ‘old age’. (He is in his 80’s).

Funny thing is, he often wins when he buys raffle tickets and bets on the big horse race of the year. He doesn’t really bet. Just the one race each year and he always gets the winner.

Luck? Not sure.

He still buys a lottery ticket each week…not won since the big win.

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July 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

Dear Andrew –

The more people who come in here and actually know someone who won – the better I feel.

Like the elderly man who won three dollars. It gave him hope I think. He was so thrilled.

Last week, the Powerball was 140 million dollars.

It is a bit terrifying in a way. What to do with that?

I have a feeling I would change nothing much about my life.

I would still blog. Consider replacing my 11 year old Toyata. But then, it runs like a top and has only 50,000 miles on it. That offends my frugal nature.

I like my little townhouse on Lake Michigan – which you will see when you come here – which has a multi million dollar view. And wonderful neighbors.

I’ll have you help me figure it out. I listen to you –

And my son, Peter, who is a vice president of a major brokerage.

I’ll let you know when I win. (even if it is only three dollars)


Andrew from Build Blog
July 11, 2011 at 12:31 am

The stress of winning $140m would be too much I think. Just a a couple of million and I’d be very happy.

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July 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

Andrew –

Now, that’s a nice tidy sum.

I would be happy with a million.


Beat Schindler
July 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

To the Romans, luck was a goddess, Fortuna. To lawofattractionists, luck is a side-dish on the menu of life. Whatever it is, luck splits my family. My sister wins lotteries with her eyes closed. I’ve never won a thing. My sister thinks I’m lucky. I feel she is. Could it be that once we see it, it shows up everywhere … but mostly at Circum’s dances?
Great post!
– Beat
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July 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

Really, Beat?

Ask your sister for her formula.

Luck means different things to each person.

I am losing friends right and left. Two this past week. Too young.

It’s getting so lonely.

I guess I should shut up and count my blessings. I keep chugging along.

Could be genetics. Most of my father’s family lived into their late nineties. My favorite uncle until 100 and was still reading the Wall Street Journal from cover to cover. And managing his own portfolio.

The lottery sounds good to me. My fear is that at the end of my money there will be life left!


Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny
July 11, 2011 at 6:50 am

Hello Corinne,
I’ve heard luck described as when preparation meets opportunity. Betting $2 on the horses and winning loads of dosh seems to fly in the face of that philosophy. We always wish each other “good luck”. There must be something to it 🙂
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July 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Dear Cheryl –

I like that quote –

“when preparation meets opportunity.”

Except I did not prepare for the racetrack. I’ll never be able to explain it.

My husband was getting tired and wanted to leave before the last race.

“But I haven’t picked up my winnings from the last race.”

The horse hadn’t run yet. I won again.

I was also going to mention you and how Yahoo featured you as a fighter. That was a lucky thing.

Then, you tranferred that luck to me.

You called me and said the producer asked if you knew anyone else. Would I put something together and you would edit it.

When I did you said it was far too long. Probably they would not take it.

They did. Three pages.

You are my lucky star.

Shall we collaborate on a lottery ticket?

We may have something going on here.


milamelendrez July 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hi Corrine,

You made me smile today. I am happy to know your fortune that day, but sad to hear that I never experienced won in every lottery or even raffles in my whole existence. Well, my family is the only luck I have right now. Thanks for the share. 🙂
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July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Dear Milamelendrez –

Having family is the greatest luck in life.

Especially good family, which you seem to have.

Thanks for the reminder. I have a wonderful family….


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July 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

Thanks for the nice compliment.

Means a lot when it comes from a source like yours.


July 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

My wife would like to win a lottery. I remind her that she needs to buy a ticket first….
I’m not sure I believe in luck. It’s the same with coincidences, the only surprising thing about them is it doesn’t happen more often.
However lucky things do seem to happen, being in the right place at the right time, getting the right numbers, and so on. I narrowly avoided a car crash this weekend due to something. Not sure it was luck or a combination of various people’s experiences but it all worked out.
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July 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Dear Joel –

Yeah, your wife does have to buy a ticket.

She, like me, probably does not know how and is afraid of looking stupid.

Tell her to read my post a few weeks ago called “Lottery Ticket – First Time Buyer.” It will answer her questions.

Today I was in the supermarket checking my last two dollar investment and started talking to the woman behind the counter.

She told me a woman had won one million dollars when she checked her ticket on their little gizmo that scans your ticket.

She was so shocked and dizzy they had to get her a chair and some ice and called 911.

Somebody wins. Why not me or your wife?

Give her a couple of one dollar bills and send her out to play.


July 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

That’s great, thanks, I’ll let her know!
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July 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Here’s the link, Joel –


My son tells me I am everyone’s personal nightmare of having someone in line in front of them anywhere.

I plead guilty.


David Rogers
July 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Many years ago I was heading to be a professional gambler – this was prior internet (now its so much easier!!). But my success was down to skill. This is probably one reason I have such loathing of the law of attraction and the many charlatans who preach it.

There is a brilliant, easy to read book, called The Luck Factor by Prof Richard Wiseman that I have discussed on my blog. It looks at the science behind luck, drawing on proper experiments, to come to conclusions on how to be genuinely luckier. I strongly recommend it.
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July 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Dear David –

I will look into that book. Sounds interesting.

Hmmmm. Never thought of you as a gambler. There are so many sides of you.

I guess that’s why you can write on so many different subjects.

Always enjoy your posts.


dee July 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I think that luck is something that people use in order to motivate themselves. i think that believing in luck also means that you do not have much faith in yourself. It’s not enough that you are lucky enough, what’s nice is that you work hard each and everyday to achieve your goals, luck is just a bonus of it.
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July 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Dear Dee –

I guess you share Bruce’s comment (above)

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Some real truth there!


Tyrone July 22, 2011 at 3:35 am


This post is a good realization. Luck is definitely everywhere but if we don’t choose to grab it then luck would be nowhere to be found so if we never tried anything else (more often we’re unfamiliar with) then we lost that opportunity too. Otherwise, we just have to trust God in holding onto our intuitions no matter what and He’ll do the rest then totally, luck comes next or even at the same time.


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July 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

Dear Tyrone –

You are right. Grabbing an opportunity that resonates with you and running with it.

The worst thing that can happen is that it will be a flop.

We’ve survived failure. It did not kill us. But you never know if it is a lucky break unless you try.

(PS I never got a comment from anyone when he was on his honeymoon! I am flattered. Hope it is wonderful. How could it not be?)


Being the Change I Wish to See
August 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm


I love this post. I believe strongly in intuition, mainly because I am intuitive and usually end up succeeding or being right when I follow it. I have kicked myself in the past for going against my gut feeling based on apparent facts. Those apparent facts were misleading, and I would have been better off going with my gut.

Before we became big-brained humans, we were lower primates who depended much more on our instincts. We still have them, but they’re buried deep in the parts of our brains we don’t use for conscious thought.

When you “just have a feeling”, it’s not a feeling. It’s instinctive intuition. Just enjoying something and having fun is a way for your intuition to get you to act in a certain way.

I listen to my intuition and find the facts and reasoning to back it up. Or intuition hits me in the middle of something and gives me clues to follow. It can be just as good a reason to follow a lead or choose one path over another as anything else we use to justify our choices.


P.S. I won $50 in the Louisiana lottery about 20 years ago. I’ve never won again, and now I don’t buy tickets, which is the only sure way to lose.
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Amy LeForge September 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I’m afraid I’m rather a stick in the mud when it comes to lottery stuff. I rarely buy a ticket. Someday if I win without having purchased a ticket, that’d be pretty amazing wouldn’t it? 🙂
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September 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I think you have to buy a ticket, Amy.

That’s why I have never won.

But last week I won $4.00. I have spent $5.00. Do you think that is an omen?


July 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

From Johnny-

Johnny July 16, 2011 at 3:40 am [edit]

Hope is not a plan. If you want to be rich, start figuring out what you can do to help others or the world.

I agree, Johnny – and have covered that subject many times in the almost five years I have been blogging.

And done it.

Yahoo did a feature on me last month. You’ll get an idea of where I am when I am not buying lottery tickets.


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