I figured that since this is the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and it just happens to be that mystical-sounding Mayan year of 2012, something was bound to happen in at least one of the Texas lottery games around that date that would somehow indicate the time period in which the Titanic sank, and specifically in that year, 1912. It happened! At least as far as I’m concerned!
You see, while many know that this was the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, most people are not aware of the 100-year anniversary of the date it was supposed to arrive in port, at Pier 59 in New York Harbor. That would have been April 17th, had it actually arrived, and on time as well.
I figured that if something was going to happen in at least one of the Texas Lottery games that would indicate the specific date that the Titanic sank, it would have to happen on April 17th, since there are no games played on Sunday, which is what the 15th was this year. Ready for it? The “Pick 3″ game played shortly after 12:00 noon on April 17th is the one that did it. The number drawn that day was 732. Now, don’t feel bad if you don’t know what the heck that number has to do with the date that the Titanic sank, because I’ve never encountered someone who did.
You see, there were two asteroids discovered on the very night that the Titanic sank! They are numbered and named in this fashion: #731 Sorga, and #732 Tjilaki, both by Adam Massinger, at the state observatory in Heidelberg, Germany, on the night of April 15th, 1912, the exact date of the sinking of the Titanic!
So, you see, one of the two asteroids discovered on the night the Titanic sank played in the Pick 3 game in Texas (where I live) on the 100- year anniversary of the date the Titanic was supposed to dock in New York Harbor! After I saw that 732 had played in the day game on April 17th this year, I wondered if there might be a specific reason why it had played instead of 731, the first of the two asteroids discovered on that fateful night.
Well, I came up with a reason that satisfies me, even though it might be just a coincidence. There is a sum-it-up feature in the Texas Pick 3 game, whereby you can win a few bucks if the digits that played, when added together, equal the digits a player has played, even though they’re not the same digits. The digits 7,3,2 add up to 12, the same sum of the date itself, 4/17! If a player had decided to play 417 on the date 4/17, and had put 50 cents on the sum-it-up feature, he would have won three bucks. Not a fortune, to be sure, but still cool!
So, naturally the big question is: was this just a coincidence, or something more?