For thousands of years people have been paying attention to dreams. In ancient times, dreams were often interpreted as divine guidance. According to Sigmund Freud, dreams represent our inner, unconscious wishes or desires and alert us to things we should pay attention to in our lives. In the movie Waking Ned Devine, a dream provides the justification for an action already chosen. Today, stories of winning the lottery after dreaming about it are not uncommon. 

The Canadian Press  
Published 20 June 2014

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba woman's dream has come true by winning nearly $7 million on Lotto 649. Maria Digel says she played the same numbers for 30 years, and one June 4 those numbers won. Her picks – 7, 11, 12, 13, 35 and 41 – have a great deal of meaning for her. They are the ages of her family when they immigrated to Canada decades ago, and the date that they arrived in this country. She bought a ticket every week at the Real Canadian Superstore, where she gets her groceries. She says the night before she won $6,986,491.90, she had a dream that she won a million dollars and split it up among her family. "I always thought, `Wouldn't it be nice to win $100,000, wouldn't that be wonderful?"' she said. "I checked it with the girl at the lottery counter, and she said, `You've won more than 6 million dollars.' I just felt numb." She will do what her dream told her to do and divide her winnings among family members. "I'll keep some for emergencies," she said. "I live a simple life. I don't need a fancy apartment. I am happy."

PlayEuroLotto blog  
Posted 10 April 2017

TORONTO – Torontonian lottery winner, 86-year-old Mary Wollens was always destined to be a winner in the Ontario Lottery draw on September 30th – she had already bought a ticket filled with all the correct winning numbers … A few days ahead of her winning draw, Mary dreamt of a lotto ticket and a large cheque. The vision inspired her with such confidence of a winning result that Mary decided to buy another ticket for the draw, to increase her share of any prize money she might win. This turned out to be an outstandingly good decision, as another player had also correctly guessed the winning combination for the draw. Instead of taking home a half share of the $24 million jackpot, Mary took home two thirds … This just goes to show the immense value of dreams!

To think about – or discuss with a friend

  • Can dreams be meaningful? Why or why not?
  • Should you always follow your dreams? Will the results always be positive? Explain.
  • Do dreams tell us what to do? Or do they reflect who we are? Or are they just wishful thinking?
  • What is the connection, if any, between dreams (nighttime visions) and dreams (life goals)?
  • How much would you put at risk for a dream?