A number of local online gambling websites in South Africa offer the Lucky Number Dream Guide. The guide provides an extensive list of numbers that correlate to different words and suggests that our dreams may hold the key to our lucky numbers.
Using the guide as reference, a dream about an accident for example may
indicate the number 3 while a dream about a baby would be the number 9. Having
a dream about a big house could be a number 25, if you were eating chocolate in
your dream then that could be number 49 and if you were winning (or losing)
money in your dream then that could be number two.
The dream interpretation or conversion is based upon a variety of system that stems from traditional Chinese understandings that certain numbers are believed to be more auspicious or inauspicious based on the Chinese word that the number name sounds similar to. The numbers 0, 6, 8, and 9 for example, are believed to have auspicious meanings because their names sound similar to words that have positive meanings.
After arriving in South Africa, Chinese immigrants created the Mo-China game, or Fafi, which is believed to have originated in South Africa and although illegal in some states, it continues to flourish, especially within the South African townships.
The older form of betting is similar to a numbers racket and requires a runner, usually female, to take a bag of bets, along with the names of the betters and their money, to someone, usually Chinese, who is visiting the home of the person holding the betting session. The Chinese person will take the bag from the runner and then whisper the winning number to her. The runner will then indicate with her hands which number has won, and that person will be paid out. For every draw only one number is chosen.
Today however, online website such as Hollywood Bets follow a much simpler process, where punters can use the guide to decide on their lucky numbers, for use on the lottery or to help place bets elsewhere on the site.