Does God control who wins the lottery?


The answer is, OF COURSE, providing that He/She/It actually exists in form and function as described and defined by any of the current religions that are based on the belief that a God with the supernatural powers, human behavioral orientation, and intense interest in the conduct and outcome of individual and collective human affairs actually exists. After all, god is reputed to know and care about every sparrow that falls to the ground. So if that is the belief, and even under the understanding and mantra of the hymn written by William Cowper in 1773.


“God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea

And rides upon the storm.”


But when it comes to winning the lottery, the results are nothing but capricious and random, favoring the just and the unjust alike. If God were large and in charge, a Christian would wonder how a Muslim could win the lottery and a Muslim would wonder how a Christian could win the lottery, and both would wonder how an areligious person that did not believe that God actually exists could win the lottery. And a Catholic might wonder how a Protestant could win the lottery and a Shiite would wonder how a Sunni  could win the lottery. Well maybe, if God prohibits gambling, no religiously devout individual should ever buy a lottery ticket, maybe games of chance should never be allowed in any community where religious people live. But how about the religiously devout sainted couple in middle age with great financial need who take in young children with terminal disease to give them love, care, and comfort during the incredible difficulties of their last days. A couple that for many years buys a single lottery ticket each week with the sincere hope of being able to provide more and better care for children that are in extreme need; and yet God has not rewarded or enabled their efforts despite the prayers and supplications of them and their religious community. Maybe God is testing the faith of that couple and their community, He evidently does that once in awhile... or maybe they are being punished for the sin of gambling.


I guess that the sincerely religious people cut God a lot of slack in such situations that seem so unfair and that a caring all powerful God with supernatural powers could easily remedy. If so then God really rubs it in their face when he awards winning the lottery of some who are obviously degenerate and unworthy of such a windfall, and some who use the proceeds with intentions of only personal enrichment. You know, it’s almost like there is no God and only raw chance coupled with personal characteristics determines not only who wins the lottery, but also most of happens to people, most of the time.


Martin Moe

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Comment by Martin A. Moe, Jr on January 22, 2016 at 4:35pm

That's good to know, Michael, Maybe I do have a chance to win after all. I'll buy two tickets next week.

Comment by Michael Penn on January 19, 2016 at 7:57am

God controls the lottery just like he controls everything else. That's why everything in our world is random chance.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 8, 2016 at 7:13pm

To me this question makes as much sense as "Does Cinderella control the lottery?" Duh. Waste of brainspace.



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