Dream numbers

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Nothing like waking up to a big jackpot

Do you ever dream about keno numbers? Do you have a dream ticket or two that appear in your dreams? Does the ticket win in your dreams or is it a tragic loser?

And if you do dream about keno numbers do you then go out and play them at a real keno game?

My attitude is sure, let’s play them, why not? I once had a dream of 1-11, 3-13, and 69 and 80 and I played it and had pretty good success with it. I can’t say that I had more success with it than I would have had due to random processes, but I hit a couple of good winners on it.

But the thing is when I hit I was really satisfied with myself, as if the winners were kind of a validation of my dreams. In a sense, this is psychic self-foolery folly because as a rational mathematician I understand that my wins were due to random processes.

Dreams do have some significance, though I don’t believe that they are or can be predictive of the future in its details. Dreams may certainly give us some general insights into our futures. But the psychological benefit of playing some dream numbers (or a dream ticket) and winning something on it is tangible. It increases our self esteem and our feelings that things are right in the world. I think that the same thing can be generalized about gambling. When we win, it can reinforce our self image as a winner, but if we lose, sometimes it can reinforce a negative self image.

Keno is almost a pure game of chance with little skill involved, so if the gambler wins it is either pure whimsy or it is one’s karma or the will of the Supernatural, one or the other, right? Downside, when you win at keno you can’t really claim your skill as the reason, upside is that unlike blackjack or poker, where there is some skill involved you don’t need to blame yourself if you lose at keno. It is not that you are unskilled, you are just unlucky.

Gambling is a very popular pastime, and its popularity must be due in part to a deeply human need to take risk. Add to that the false (but satisfying) feeling of being right when you win and it is easy to understand the popularity of gambling.

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