but this guy can tell which scratch tickets will pay off by by reading their serial numbers, winning wasn't as improbable as one is led to believe
Well, the winning and losing lots had been prepared separately and, not thinking about it and lacking the direct comparison, the teachers in charge of the two groups had been unaware that their staplers were loaded with silver- and copper-colored staples respectively.
So by looking at the color of the staples, you were able to pick only winners out of the open bowls.
That required one to look at the paper squares, I can go one better.
A new computer store had a drawing for an Osborn, I put in a slip in hopes of a win (duh).
I had high hopes so showed up for the drawing. A family was there just looking; they asked the teen daughter if she would pick out a slip. Surprised and fairly embarrassed she reached in and pulled out a wad of paper and the winner.
Since that day I've crumple up any drawing entry to make it larger and more accessible.
At a elementary school event they had a drawing for something, I filled out and crumpled a slip for my youngest son. He won a fairly expensive lego jet you constructed (Model), the top prize.
I told my other son this story long ago, a few years ago he won a new Dell laptop from a crumpled entry he filled out killing time in a line.