Those looking for Thai-style lottery luck know that means consulting with a tree (long story).
Now they won’t have to go into the deep dark forest to commune with a magic tree for hints about winning numbers: Just head to Thonglor, where a Japanese expat found his lottery luck by scratching a shopping mall tree.
A minor net celeb known for his Thai language passion, Isaka Tomoya yesterday shared the story of his unbelievable fortune in a recent lottery draw after he received divine inspiration from a tree at Donki Mall, the beating retail heart of the Japanese diaspora.
“Everybody, I’m a very lucky man. I’m blessed enough to stay in Thailand, but now I won a lottery here as well!” he wrote by hand in Thai. “Asking for the number from a tree really works, I love Thai culture even more!”
For those unaware of the phenomenon, deep strains of animism animate Thai belief that sacred spirits are just hanging out in trees, ready to hand out lottery numbers to deserving souls.
“It’s such a rare percentage that this actually works,” Sittarut Peethong, Tomoya’s manager who was with him that fateful day, told Coconuts. “We bought three tickets, 100 baht, from stalls in front of the 7-Eleven near the Donki mall and [motorcycle taxi stand].”
Sittarut said Tomoya and another Japanese expat friend became excited and wanted to try it after she told them about the Thai-tree kinship.
They were at the mall when they decided to try their luck, as Donki is a quasi-special place for the Japanese, given the abundance of familiar items such as exotic Kit Kat flavors. Therefore, Tomoya’s friend deduced that its trees must contain great power, he explained while documenting their quest. They put some magic powder on a random tree, gave it a good rub and concentrated. Somehow, they said it told them to choose the numbers 3, 7, and 1. They went to buy three lottery tickets using those numbers and, lo and behold, Tomoya won a cool THB2,000 (US$66).
Sittarut said they have yet to claim the winnings but plan to donate them to a charity, TBD.