This is India! 70

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I am happily back in Goa! Kerala was a blast with goMowgli but I was missing a hot shower, AC house, and my animals… (including Ben) which reminds me he has “acquired” a dog. It was scared from it’s home during the Ganesh fireworks that went on for a week in Goa and was hiding under the Omni on and off for two days. Now he’s names Omni and hasn’t left our porch since Ben gave him food and love the whole week I was gone. Now, we are looking for his owners.
  • I started using Snapchat! It’s hilarious and fun to play with! If you use it, follow me with the username hippie-inheels :)

Now your story,

In India there are lotteries. I don’t think they are entirely legal, but they are done in the open. It’s just a guy sitting at a table with all these papers and people coming up to put in their lucky numbers.

You can win pretty good cash, but most people only put in less than 100 rs.

Our buddy has been playing since he was young and lots of guys in Goa here play it regularly. You NEVER hear of anyone winning, although people do.

So, our babu took Ben to play one day on a whim. Ben just looked at the license plates of some scooters parked nearby and wrote down the numbers. He bet 500 rs (9 bucks).

He won 18,000 rs.

It was real, the money was collected, and we gifted half to babu since he was the one who got him to play. But then came the questions…. “you knew the numbers… how? … some website you know?.. answers are online?”

He had to say again, “no really I just got lucky!”

This is India!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Khyati October 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Are you serious !!? 18 grand…. ! That’s a decent chunk, plan a small trip with it. My luck sucks , never even I have ever won a consolation prize … :D

  2. venus October 3, 2015 at 12:39 am - Reply

    unbelievable.. I think the game is called matka..

  3. Christine Wilhelm October 3, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Lakshmi, goddess of good fortune, and Ganesha, god of luck, rewarded Ben for his goodness and kindness to humble lost animals. You two are a good match.

  4. Rachel Jones October 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    That’s a good way to look at it!

  5. Anjali October 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    @Rachel Jones

    Hi Rachel . I am new on your site. I heard about your blogs many of times .
    And that’s good you guys won 18000 Rs. … Nice

  6. rakhi October 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    @ Rachel Jones

    They have Camp NaNos in April and July (I think, check their site) too, so if November is an unpleasant time, perhaps one more month would be better for you. It’s a great deal of fun, and exceptionally motivational In India there are lotteries. I don’t think they are completely lawful, yet they are done in the open. It’s only a fellow sitting at a table with every one of these papers and individuals coming up to put in their fortunate numbers.


  7. monika December 5, 2015 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    i Rachel . I am new on your site. I caught wind of your web journals a large portion of times .

    Also, that is great you all won 18000 Rs. … Nice

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