I think I can answer the Lottery Question in simple terms. Let's say our Lottery is the Two Slit experiment. We set it up so that everyone in the lab can put money on the left slit or the right slit. So you decide to "go psi" and take a peek at the slits future before placing your bet. Big mistake! Until you "looked" your odds were 50/50 just like everybody else. Once you "looked", you colapsed the wave function!! But you bet any way, not realizing that you just altered the outcome. And what happens? You get caught cheating that's what happens! The electron flys through the slit you "saw" and forms a dot on the screen. Everybody else in the lab yells CHEAT! because there should have been a wave function not a particle! But wait! There's more! Mabey the electron goes through the other slit instead. Why? Because YOU already collapsed the wave function for the other possibility! So the only one left is the other choice. When you examine this game, you realize that it is a stupid bet! If the game is fair, everybody wins, because the test of fairness is the existance of the wave function. If there is ANY definative outcome in this game, SOMEBODY CHEATED!
The lottery, craps, cards, in fact all of creation, works by these same rules. You can only get a hint of the possibilities, but any action or foreknowledge affects the probability function of that possibility, and thus changes the outcome of what is Actualized in any given moment. Think of your actualized reallity like the two slit experiment. Once you KNOW you change the outcome, even if you KNOW BEFORE the actuality! Trying to grab the outcome before it is actualized is like trying to catch a greased pig, or your cat trying to "catch" the laser dot!
If you toss a coin 100 times, you will get one string of 6 or 7 in a row. I know this because it is a calculated probability. It will probably happen. But If I were to "look" ahead of time and "see" the outcome of my coin toss, I would get a different sequence for my actualized toss. I would still get 6 or 7 in a row in 100 tosses, just not the same sequence. Why? Because the odds didn't change, the possible outcomes changed by my looking, but the possible outcomes for the system are limited and so the actual outcome shifted to adjust to my knowledge, effectively negating my attempt at knowing. Like sqeezing a bar of soap, it slips away as fast as you can grab it!
I don't have any experience in psi future viewing. I have a lot of experience gambling! And what I know is that I can not KNOW! I CAN guess! I CAN calculate! I CAN "listen" to my guts! So my advice to anyone planning to use psi for gambling is "KEEP IT VAGUE". The less you know, the more you know! Hows that for a catch 22!
This is the kind of stuff I figured out for myself before I heard of Tom. I already had reached these conclusions about the realm of possibility, the realm of probability and actuality, and the realm of the historical. I'm learning now how to access these directly, but I already know I won't be winning the lottery with it!
I look at these realms in this way:
Possibilty = All calculable Outcomes
Probability = A measure of a possibilities(singular possesive) distance from actuality or it's potential to reach actuality.
Actuality = Knowledge
History = All knowledge of the possibility that actualized and the possibilities that did not actualize.
If you "look" at a lottery, you are affecting it's probability, by affecting it's potential. You "Actually" alter it by looking, because the looking is an actuality just like the outcome! OOOps. You can't sneak a peek in a system that knows your every move! So don't look so closely at it. Look at the shadows it casts, and infer. If you look at it directly, you lose, because you know too much.
That's my two cents.
Most people are mostly good most of the time. - the Deefburger assumption of marginal probable personal state.