On June 24 Lillian was out to buy her weekly lottery tickets. Lillian is an elderly mom living in Chicago. She was going to cash in a Lotto ticket worth $3 and buy her weekly $5 worth of Mega Millions and Lotto.
While she was at the convenience store, she heard a voice that said “Play 7 9 0”. She looked around and there was nobody near her. The voice was not in her head, but clearly audible as if someone was talking next to her. She thought it very strange.
At the cashier, she bought $5 worth of tickets. But instead of playing her usual lottery, she asked to play the Pick-3 game, where three numbers are chosen. She bought 5 Pick-3 tickets, all with 790 played straight. The cashier asked if she was sure she wanted all 5 tickets with the same number, since that was apparently unusual. Yes, Lillian wanted all the same number.
These tickets were for the mid-day drawing, and she was shocked when later the winning numbers were 7-9-0. Each ticket was now worth $500! Wow. The odds of winning are 1,000 to one, but what are the odds of picking 5 tickets with all the same number based on a tip from a disembodied voice?
Lillian decided to give all 5 winning tickets to her adult children. With the bad economy some of her sons and daughters were in some financial trouble. They needed the money more then a long retired mom, which was not exactly true, but what gives a mom more joy then being a blessing to their children?
My good friend Ted told me this story Friday night, the first time I heard of it. He said he argued with his mom on the phone, that he didn’t want the ticket and she should keep it for herself. But Lillian insisted. All of her five children were getting one of the tickets. It made Ted’s mom happy to be able to help her kids.
I discussed this event with Ted and his wife. What did Lillian think about what happened? Ted said she was as baffled as everybody else. She had not clue how or why this occurred. Ted had asked her mom if the disembodied voice was male or female. She said it was neither. Which is intriguing, since angels are said to be genderless.
Ted’s mom had incidences in her past where she sensed a family member was in trouble or dying. He said Lillian seems sensitive to these things. Was this disembodied voice her own psychic intuition speaking to her? Or could it really have been an angel whispering in her ear, giving her a gift? The fact that she gave away all of her winnings might be a clue. Had she decided to keep the money for herself, this disembodied voice might not have given this suggestion to begin with. But because it was for her family’s benefit, perhaps this was really a blessing from an angel, for reasons and purposes we can’t comprehend. It really is a mystery.