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A title of many volumes which have been
written purporting to reveal the infallible method of winning at a lottery.
La Clef d'or or Veritable tresor de la fortune, 1810, has
been reprinted from time to time in Lille, Belgium. It is based on the doctrine
of sympathetic numbers, which the anonymous author claimed to have discovered
from studying the works of Caglistro, Cornelius
Agrippa and others.
Each number drawn, the author stated, is directly followed by five sympathetic
numbers. For example, the number 4 is followed by its sympathetic numbers
30, 40, 50, 20, and 76. The claim is that with such knowledge it is an easy
matter to win at a lottery. (Editorial note: Don't bet on it.) A.G.H.