Why LOA doesn’t work for winning the Lottery

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If you’re like me, you know a lot of people who believe the Lottery is their only chance for financial freedom.

Many of them have now watched “The Secret” and are now secretly hoping (pardon the pun) that they can attract the big win they’ve always dreamed would set them free.

Personally, I happen to know a lot of people standing in that queue.  I guess if you joined the end of it, you’d have a bit of a wait ahead of you…

While I do believe that the Law of Attraction can be used successfully for just about anything, there are three big mistakes that most people make when they try to use it this way.

First, if you’re trying to attract something, you’re trying to attract some THING.  Not the method of getting it, but IT.  If you want to win $1 million dollars, is it the win you want (would you be happy with a $20 prize) or is it the million dollars.  For most people, it’s the million dollars.  By putting conditions on how you get it, you’re actually reducing the chance of it happening.

Look at it this way: when your kids tell you that they want the latest Lego Mindstorms Nxt for Christmas, do they tell you that they only want it IF you buy it from the Toys’R’Us store two suburbs away at 5.02pm on Friday, November 27 using checkout 3?  Oh, and you need to pay cash using only $10 notes.  No.  (I’m guessing that kid would likely end up with something else, especially if work ran late.)  So long as it’s in a box under that tree, they’re happy.  Take a leaf from their book.  If you give the Universe the freedom to get you that present you want, in the way that works best for all concerned, it’s much more likely to happen.

Secondly, the belief underlying this attempt to ‘win’ financial freedom is usually a fixed belief that the job they’re stuck in is the only possible way to support themselves, unless some Goddess of Luck smiles on them and grants them this magical windfall that will take all their worries away.  It’s solidly focused on being stuck in the job.  So, with a focus on feeling and/or being stuck at work, guess what you’re actually manifesting? (Hint: it’s not freedom)

Third, if you look at the belief above, how strongly do you think someone with that mindset actually believes that they have the power to create their own reality?  They don’t.  They’re actually affirming that they’re powerless except for outside intervention.  Hence, their manifestations usually have a little mental preface going something like “I don’t really believe this could happen to me, but…”  Add that to the underlying affirmation that they can’t receive abundance in any way other than a miracle, this particular miracle, probably a bit of scepticism about miracles ever happening to them, and usually several experiences of trying but not winning – what do you think are the chances of this manifestation happening?

Sure, they might visualise it really strongly, imagine what it would feel like, and even believe that they’re doing everything right to make it happen – but in the end they usually finish their visualisation with “ok that was fun, now it’s time to leave the fantasy behind & come back to reality”.  Presto – all that work has just had the psychic equivalent of the ‘delete’ key applied to it.

The lottery is a game of chance.  Chance can be affected by LoA (there’s some great experiments and material on that here) but wouldn’t it be much easier if you just said to the Universe, “send me a million dollar idea and inspire me to know what actions to take so that I become the kind of person that attracts seven figures worth of abundance, please.”  Oh, and don’t forget to offer up a “thank you” when you get the idea, then go on out and create it!

PS The other bonus is that if you attract it any other way than the lottery, you don’t have every person you know or are related to somehow expecting an automatic share!!!

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  • Nata March 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I tried not to think negative. i started to believe l. is not a waste of last money but for FIVE years nothing. Why?
    np power sends me anything/ I have no idea and nothing inspires me / no actions .even FIVE years not enough to attract abundance?

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  • Crystal August 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I was saddened to read your post, and sorry I didn’t see it earlier. Time has nothing to do with attraction. Mindset does. Unfortunately, your language shows your mind is focused on money as something associated with ‘lack’ and ‘waste’. Neither of those are really attractive to draw more in.
    I seriously suggest you stop buying anything to do with LOA, and money making. Try to shift your focus away from what you don’t have. There must be something you do have that is worth focusing on. If you have free time, share some of it by volunteering and try to appreciate that you do have that time. It’s impossible to ‘not think negative’. You have to start thinking positive. Find something about you and your life that you can appreciate, be grateful for it, and watch how that starts the process of attraction for you. Abundance isn’t just about money, and it probably won’t be money you attract to start with, because it sounds like there’s a few blocks there, but shifting the focus away from those blocks will make it a bit easier to overcome them down the track.

    I wish you all the best with your journey.

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  • Tina March 10, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I must beg to differ. I have followed LOA for about 4 years now and continue learning every day.
    Every week I took $3 and played the lottery and of course I had small winners, but I knew one day I would win BIG.
    Something came across me one day that I MUST buy a lottery ticket that day. I was at work and didnt even have a dollar on me and you can not use your debit to buy lottery tickets, so I just let the thought go. I left work and thought “hmmmm I wonder if any of my past tickets have anything on them.” So I stopped and sure enough one was a $2 winner, so I bought $2 in tickets.
    My husband and I won the lottery Wednesday, a very large amount.
    The Universe gave me all of the signs and I listened.

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  • Crystal March 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Congratulations Tina. I’m thrilled for your success!
    You do give a few clues in your comment, how you were operating differently to most people with the ‘lottery dream’ that I wrote my post for.
    I don’t know many who would leave the thought to go when they discovered they didn’t have the cash, and be calm enough for the next thought to come up to check your old tickets. The tough bit for most people is that letting go – and your story proves how very important it is!

    I hope you have much joy and fun with your winnings.
    Crystal

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  • Melissa November 19, 2009 at 3:58 am

    I recently joined in with a whole bunch of others on an Intention Experiment at author Lynne McTaggart’s site. I didn’t quite understand how it all worked until I tried it. I loved the feeling I received while we all focused on the same intent at the same time. http://www.theintentionexperiment.com/participate

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  • Crystal November 19, 2009 at 4:09 am

    You’re absolutely right, I did something similar via the stevepavlina forums a while back, and it is a great feeling to be part of something bigger, and positively focused. Hope it all goes well for you.

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