9 Latino Tricks and Tips to Winning the Lottery

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The Powerball jackpot is at $800 million and you better believe all your tíos, primos, abuelos, and even amigos are buying these tickets and starting their win-it-big rituals. If you want a shot this is what you do according to la familia’s superstitions.

Begin by praying to San Expedito, the patron saint of good luck.

You know, because he has nothing better to do than help you win the lottery.

Or just do as Walter Mercado says. Duh.

He always has the answers.

But whatever you do, don’t talk to anyone about it.

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It’s like when you have a dream or any other wish. If you tell someone, it won’t happen.

Have a strategy to the numbers you pick.

Your first-born son’s birthday + the street address where you bought the ticket + the number of car payments left = a winning ticket, bro. #WordUp

READ: Superstitions All Latinos Know to Be Absolute Truth

Leave your veladoras on all night.

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This might be a hazard, but the more you light, the better your chances are. Just ask your always-single tía.

Ask your family fortune teller (because we all have one) to guide you to victory.

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And if she steers you wrong, you can always ask your other fortune teller tía.

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Get all your good luck charms in proper order before they read the numbers.

Because if the elephant is next to the gnome, you did it wrong and you’re going to lose.

Visit your neighborhood santero to get all the bad luck cleansed from your spirit.

Depending on who you are, this might take a while.

Make sure you buy more than one ticket and scratch the numbers you need.

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Because not even the universe can read your mind. You have to be direct with what you want.

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Latinos are on Pointe with the Miami City Ballet


Latinos are on Pointe with the Miami City Ballet


“It’s just you and the music and the audience, and it’s just … magic.”

Watching the dancers of the Miami City Ballet perfectly sway and spin and twirl is enchanting.

But the enchantment only happens on stage. Behind curtains, the dancers submit themselves to excruciating physical and mental demands in order to keep a centuries-old tradition alive. “That’s the challenge – hiding the pain behind the beauty. You have to maintain your body as an instrument; otherwise, everything starts to fall apart,” one of the MCB dancers said.

READ: Being in a Wheelchair Didn’t Stop Gabriela Torres from Entering a Dance Competition

In the online exclusive “Why We Dance” — part of the 30th Anniversary Season of the dance company — we get to hear more from the 51 members — some from Venezuela and Cuba — and the reason they chose such a demanding career. We’ll also get to hear the story of the Artistic Director, cuban-born Lourdes Lopez, who danced for the New York Ballet for 24 years.

“Ballet is so hard. It’s hard on your body, and it’s hard on your mind… we’re constantly pushing ourselves,” one of the dancers said.

And another said, “There’s nothing more beautiful or more euphoric.”

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