The Indonesian Lottery – A Love Affair
The lottery is a fun and exciting way to win big money! Thousands of people in Indonesia buy tickets each week and hope to win a jackpot. But the local government has banned this game due to pressure from ultra religious people who want to ban gambling in general because it is not a moral thing to do.
There is a lot of talk about the lottery in rural Flores, day and night. People often make small bets based on calculations and interpretations of omens. They see these omens as portentous and use them as clues to predict the outcome of the next draw. They also interpret dreams, which are thought to contain messages from ancestors to the living.
Some villagers even believe that they have a ‘third eye’, an inherent talent to read omens and interpret their meaning. In turn, this ‘third eye’ allows them to pick the right numbers for the lottery.
This love affair with the shio lottery is not unique to Flores, but it offers a foreign lens for exploring this omen-related phenomenon. Ultimately, this lottery love affair can be seen as a form of social connection between the urban metropolis and rural Flores.
Moreover, the shio lottery can be seen as a form of cultural exchange. It provides a space for people to discuss their experiences, which otherwise might not have been spoken of.
The lottery is a popular social activity for both young and old, male and female. Many people try their shio-luck once or twice a week and enjoy the thrill of sharing their wins with friends and family. However, it is important to note that the lottery is a losing activity for villagers, who are left with a net loss of income after the ‘lucky’ winners have spent their winnings on alcohol and cigarettes.