Gamblers, no matter if they play cards, bingo or the lottery have used a variety of ‘good luck’ charms and talismans for years. Lottery players want a winning edge and there are a variety of websites and publications advertising amulets, lucky gambling charms, lucky number dream books and other devices guaranteed to bring the owner ‘good luck.’ Many retail lottery outlets have a wide variety of publications for sale touting various ‘systems’ for picking lucky numbers. South Africans have come up with a very unique way to pick winning lottery numbers-smoking vulture brains.
A recent report revealed that many South Africans smoke vulture brains to bring ‘lottery luck’ and the trend has wildlife experts very worried. For years wildlife experts have warned that African vultures are on the verge of extinction and believe that in 20 to 30 years the birds could be hunted to extinction. Some South Africans smoke dries vulture brains to have a ‘vision’ of future winning lottery numbers. The use of vulture brains is not limited to picking winning lottery numbers. Matka Adherents of this practice believe that smoking vulture brains can boost an exam performance, pick winning horses at the track and lure more customers to a particular business.
The dried brains are rolled into a cigarette and the vapors are inhaled. Johannesburg healer Scelo said in an interview with a British newspaper, “Vultures are scarce. I only have one every three or four months. Everybody asks for the brain. You see things that people can’t see. For lotto, you dream the numbers. We make the brain dry and mix it with mud and you smoke it like a cigarette or a stick. Then the vision comes.” Scelo recommends vulture heads and claims that smoking the brains endows users with the vulture’s excellent vision and allows glimpses into the future. Wildlife advocates have tried to stop the practice but seem to be fighting a losing battle.
Luckily most of us do not have to go to such great lengths to pick winning numbers. Thanks to modern technology players can now buy lotto tickets online. Many states now have websites where players can make an online lottery purchase. Players can also use these sites to check for current winning numbers. There are also many sites that allow players to buy international online lottery tickets. Most European lotteries are tax free unlike their US counterparts. Players can also find out where to buy lottery tickets and find the closest lottery retailer. Thanks to the internet it has never been easier to buy lotto tickets.