In 2007, Cynthia Stafford was a single mom when she won $112 million from a California lottery. And she did it with visualization. She wrote the figure “$112 million” constantly, slept with the number under her pillow for weeks, meditated on it, and imagined how excited she would be once the money finally came into her life. After four months of obsessive focus she stopped and let go. “Once you’re in the flow of the energy,” she says, “it’s going to happen.” And it did. In May 2007, Stafford won $112 million in California’s Mega Millions lottery.
Slot machines — games of purely random chance — are often seen as mechanical gambling devices and not much more. During a visit to Las Vegas, Nevada we got the opportunity to dig a little deeper with Bally Technologies’ Director of Game Development, Brett Jackson. He gave us some insight into the surprisingly complex innovation, psychology and design behind the slot machines that illuminate so many casino floors.