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A man who locals believed was possessed with the spirit of a tree stump has caused a stampede for lottery numbers.
Following a number of lottery wins associated with a five meter “Takhian” tree at the temple of Wat Thep Nimit Khiriwong in Wang Pong district of Phetchabun there has been a steady stream of people kowtowing and wai-ing in the hope of getting rich, reported Daily News.
Many Thais believe that the spirit of “Jao Mae Mai Phrae” resides in the stump.
Yesterday while people were praying and shining a torch on the stump a man suddenly became possessed with the spirit, reported Daily News.
He started speaking in tongues and intoned in Thai: “Goo mai day gin khao haa wan laew” (I have not eaten for 15 days).
The spirit, speaking through the man, then begged the people present to stop shining the torch as the spirit didn’t like the brightness.
Then came the number. The man screamed out “528” before passing out.
That was enough to cause a virtual stampede towards the lottery ticket vendors for those hopeful of getting rich in the next draw.