Playing Lotto - Part III

One month later on December 15 / 3 Tevet (the 8th and final day of Hanukkah), another interesting scenario presented itself. January 3, 2024 would mark exactly 70 weeks to the day since I purchased and played my first ticket in this tranche on August 31, 2022. It was already the longest running tranche of any ticket to date. In addition, if God didn’t prompt me to buy any more tickets between now and that date, it would be exactly 7 weeks to the day since buying and playing my last ticket on November 15, 2023. That would make it my 24th ticket in this tranche of tickets.

January 3, 2024 was the 22nd of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar, and it would mark exactly 222 weeks to the day since playing my first ticket on October 2, 2019. In addition, the day I discovered this marked exactly 22 weeks and 2 days since running out of money on July 12, 2023! Given I had just started writing my chapter on the number 22, this seemed like good timing!

Update: December 28, 2023

Nine days later on December 24, God prompted me to go down to Franz Josef township on the West Coast of the South Island, about 140 km down the road from where I was in Hokitika. The date he led me to was January 2, 2024 – nine days away, where, as it happened, sunset would occur at 9:22 p.m. – one of the only places on the West Coast where it would do so. The evening of January 2 after nightfall is also the beginning of the 22nd day of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar, running through to nightfall the following day.

Given all the number 2’s, 22’s and 222’s in this story, it got me wondering what the significance was of the number 2 in Judaism, and indeed, in the Bible and Christianity itself. That led me to an interesting discovery. 

Three days later on December 27 – 69 weeks to the day since I was inspired to buy and play my first ticket in this tranche – I discovered that in Judaism, the number 2 is specifically related to blessing. The 69-week time period is specifically evocative of the 69 ‘weeks of years’ that it would take for the Messiah to appear after the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in Daniel 9:24–27.

The Hebrew words “barukh” (“blessed”) and “berakhah” (“blessing”), both derive from the Hebrew root word “Bet–Resh–Kaf” (brk), meaning “knee” or “bless”. The knee refers to the idea of bending your knees in honour and respect.

Interestingly, these three Hebrew letters (Bet–Resh–Kaf) are all associated with the number two in gematria. Each letter from 1 to 22 (and up to 27), is assigned a number from 1 to 900. The first 10 letters have values from 1 to 10, the next 9 letters from 20 to 100, and the last 8 letters from 200 to 900. This includes the five “Sofit” or final form letters. These letters have values from 500 to 900.

The letters Bet, Resh and Kaf – the root word of blessed and blessing – have the values 2, 200 and 20 – all the values in gematria associated with the number two! Adding them all up together, you get the number 222!

Thus, it was interesting then that the Lotto draw on January 3rd fell on the 22nd of Tevet, exactly 222 weeks to the day since my first ticket was played on October 2, 2019!

The letters Bet, Resh and Kaf are the 2nd, 20th and 11th letters of the Hebrew alphabet respectively. 

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