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Prayer came close to winning car in drawing


I enjoy once in awhile playing the slots at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.

One day I walked in, and there was this beautiful 2014 Chevy Camaro from Frenchie’s that they were going to draw for on April 26, and I thought wow would I love to win that. I have never won anything that extravagant or any large amount of money; once in awhile I win some free play and a little bit of money, but that is it.

The day before the drawing while I was at work, I asked Chaplain Lamica if he would bless me to help me win that car. He chuckled but did it.

That night before I went to bed, I got on my knees and prayed to God to help me win that car. I have never prayed for myself before; I always pray for my loved ones.

A year ago March 6, my youngest sister, Sheila, died of cancer. I remember praying, pleading and begging God not to take her, but he did, so I had little doubt on power of prayer.

That day of the drawing as I was pulling into the casino parking lot, I just happened to look at my clock radio and the time was 3:33 p.m.; I thought that was weird, I don’t recall ever seeing that time on my clock, but most of the time I am at work at that time.

I walked in the casino and started playing the slot machines, focusing on winning some money. A little while later my name was called. I was going to win some free play or a chance at the car.

Now it was 8 p.m., time to pick a briefcase to open to win the car. The only number I could think of was the number six; my sister, Sheila, died on the sixth, and her birthday was May 26. As the guy was opening the briefcase, I remembered the time on my clock radio 3:33 p.m.

Oh my God, I thought, I was suppose to pick the number 3; it was too late. My briefcase was open and not the winner. Briefcase No. 3 was the winner.

Through the power of prayer, I would be the owner of that Chevy Camaro. So don’t give up on the power of prayer; maybe it was too late to work for my sister, Sheila, by the time they found the cancer it was all through her body. She had no chance.

Mona LaPage

North Bangor

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