People have been doing calculations for years when it comes to gambling. So in that sense the 49-year old Wang Chengzhou is not very unique. It is special that he quit working and even sold his house for just one mission: make the right calculation to win the lottery.
How the story began
The story of Changhzou started more than ten years ago. He got an injury while working and received 50.000 yuan (6687 euros) as a compensation. Even though he started making calculations real soon, he still has part-time jobs to earn money. Until recently he had a job at a post office. However, he quit to focus more on cracking the code. Changzhou doesn’t think that working is important.
Cracking the lottery code
The Chengdu Business Daily once asked the man how he got the idea to crack the lottery code. He told the journalists that he was drinking on a night in 2004. He started working on algorithms and now buys about 2000 yuan every month on lottery tickets, which is currently 267.48 euros. He doesn’t remember much he has won in the past decades, Changzhou told reporters.
A new home near the Yangtze River
Cracking the algorithm of the lottery has become a life goal for Chengzhou. He’s absolutely convinced that he will find out how to buy the winning lottery ticket. Chengzhou is willing do everything to reach his goal. He doesn’t do his calculations at home, but under a bridge near the Yangtze River in Chongqing. It has been the living place of the Chinese gambler for over a decade. He’s still convinced that he will crack the code one day. Only when that happens he will exchange the bridge for a luxurious house worth millions.
No more work, but just a small table with algorithms, notes and occasionally a glass of wine and a cigarette. That is the life of Chengzhou at the moment. You can usually found him in his ‘studio’ under the bridge. His favorite working hours are between 2 a.m and 5 a.m in the early morning hours.
Visits from journalists
Chengzhou never gives up. With the packs of cigarettes and Chinese wine he works endless hours on his calculations. The man is fine with journalists visiting his special studio, but they’re not allowed to make pictures of his table. The notes are top-secret!
No contact with family members
The calculation guy hasn’t contacted his family for years. Even his mom did not know even he was still life, until reporters published articles about his son. In the paper she urged her son to come visit her place at Sichuan’s Shehong County this year, where the Spring Festival, will take place. Her son said he doesn’t want to leave his place under the bridge under the calculations are finished and he ends up rich and famous.
Reaction from mathematicians
If Changzhou succeeds, he’s going to write four books about it. Mathematicians are less enthusiastic about the project. They say the combination of letters and numbers is always random. This is also the opinion of a mathematics professor at Sichuan University. He says that you cannot predict the outcome with calculations or other methods, because the lottery is a game of chance.