February 1, 2011 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #594688Feif UnParticipant
My brother told me the following recently. He heard it from the son of the Rosh Yeshiva it happened to. I won’t name the Rosh Yeshiva because he doesn’t want it known who it happened to.
The Rosh Yeshiva was walking with a student recently, during the week when the Mega Millions jackpot was really big. He found a dollar on the street.
The bachur said to him, “Rebbe, maybe Hashem gave you the dollar for a reason – you should buy a lotto ticket, and win money for the yeshiva!”
The R”Y said he didn’t want to buy a Mega Millions ticket, but said he’d buy a scratch-off, and if he won anything, he’d split it 50/50 for himself and the yeshiva. He bought a ticket and won $40,000!February 1, 2011 2:53 pm at 2:53 pm #824204☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
He should have bought the Mega Millions!February 1, 2011 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #824205✡onegoal™Participant
Hashem runs the world.
^MONIS^February 1, 2011 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #824206dunnoMember
Cool!February 1, 2011 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm #824207bezalelParticipant
What makes this story truely amazing is that there is no $1 scratch-off game with a $40,000 prizeFebruary 1, 2011 4:25 pm at 4:25 pm #824208real-briskerMember
WOW!February 1, 2011 6:35 pm at 6:35 pm #824209Duct TapeMember
FYI Most states make lotto winners names public (One of the ways we can verify that money is actually going someplace) So aside for some loopholes, One could figure out who won a $40,000 prize by checking records.February 1, 2011 7:08 pm at 7:08 pm #824210real-briskerMember
Bezalel – What state are you in? Maybe he added a dollar of his own, and thats why he would split it 50/50!February 1, 2011 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #824211HummingbirdParticipant
Wow!! That is an incredibly amazing story!!! But as I have heard time & time again-that there’s no such thing as a coincidence cause nothing happens by chance. Hashem is our master planner who plans all the interesting & maybe not so interesting scenes which take place in each of our lives. I guess you can call this amazing Hashgacha.February 2, 2011 1:30 am at 1:30 am #824212apushatayidParticipant
I’m trying to picture well known R”Y on line in a bodega or at 7-11 and asking for an instant scratch off game.February 2, 2011 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm #824213ProfessionalMember
Pushat, a talmid could have done it. same one who gave the idea, no?
I just find it hard to imagine a RY going along with a Lottery idea. I feel they are distant from earthy concepts.February 2, 2011 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #824214OfcourseMember
IDK, IMHO if the story did indeed happen, it would have made its rounds, complete with the name of the Yeshiva/ Rosh Yeshiva, possibly with some juice added along the way, to make it more exciting.February 2, 2011 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm #824215showerzingerMember
A RY can’t go to 7-11???? What is wrong with you people? Let’s say he was thirsty?February 2, 2011 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #824216Shticky GuyParticipant
Its quite funny. On my screen, all I saw of the title of this thread was “Amazing story with a well”.
I thought it was to do with a well of water, maybe about eliezer and rivka or the be’er miryam etc.
Never mind. I suppose, as they say, ” all’s well that ends well… “November 5, 2011 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm #824217ToiParticipant
i knew the RY and person in the following story: A bochur was soon to be marries and wanted to continue his learning in kollel, much to his parents chagrin. They fought and fought until they reached an agreement: to go to a certain RY and ask what to do. When he heard both sides he replied,”stay in kollel” the parents began to grumble about money etc. the RY said go buy a lottery ticket. they did. and won 300,000. i know the guy. cool no?November 5, 2011 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm #824218ToiParticipant
i knew the RY and person in the following story: A bochur was soon to be marries and wanted to continue his learning in kollel, much to his parents chagrin. They fought and fought until they reached an agreement: to go to a certain RY and ask what to do. When he heard both sides he replied,”stay in kollel” the parents began to grumble about money etc. the RY said go buy a lottery ticket. they did. and won 300,000. i know the guy. cool no?November 6, 2011 7:51 am at 7:51 am #824219old manParticipant
It would be interesting to investigate the following:
Assume all money spent on lottery tickets in the last ten years would have instead been put into an interest bearing account and then distributed to tzedakah/yeshivas/kollel yungerleit.
Would there be more “winning ticket” money for tzedakah from the lottery or would the money accrued have been more?
You all should know the answer.
The above stories are anecdotal and possibly apocryphal. They are certainly not productive.November 6, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm #824220soliekMember
“The above stories are anecdotal”
as opposed to…November 6, 2011 1:46 pm at 1:46 pm #824221HaLeiViParticipant
soliek, he means that it didn’t happen in a laboratory.November 6, 2011 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm #824222old manParticipant
Anectodal, meaning they are specifically chosen and do not represent any sort of random statistical sample that would provide meaningful probabilities.November 6, 2011 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #824223wanderingchanaParticipant
A friend told me his rav said it was OK to buy a lottery ticket once in awhile, because how otherwise would Hashem be able to give it to you? So I asked MY rav, and he said: ONE!
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