Once upon a time, there lived a man named Mr. Chong, whose life had been characterized by an extraordinary stroke of luck. In all aspects of his life, he seemed to possess a fortunate charm that defied the odds. However, his luck was never more evident than when it came to games. In a world where he lacked advantages, Mr. Chong’s lucky value appeared to be among the top 100 in the entire server.
From his early days in school, Mr. Chong faced countless challenges. He struggled academically, had no particular athletic prowess, and failed to meet society’s conventional standards of attractiveness. Despite these setbacks, he always found himself blessed with remarkable strokes of luck.
In his elementary school days, Mr. Chong’s future seemed dim as he attended a third-rate school in his district. However, a twist of fate occurred when his father attended a dinner party on the eve of the school year. His father’s friend’s friend’s friend happened to be the principal of a prestigious first-rate elementary school. Through this fortuitous connection, Mr. Chong was granted the opportunity to attend the top-tier institution.
As he transitioned into junior high school, the district boundaries were redrawn, and Mr. Chong’s family happened to move to an area located on the edge of the city’s best junior high school division. Despite his average performance in the primary school graduation examination, where exceptional scores were the norm, Mr. Chong barely managed to score 89 points in both Chinese and mathematics. His grades were below par in several other subjects. Remarkably, during the high school entrance examination, he found himself seated behind the school’s brightest student. Each time, before handing in his paper, he discreetly copied several multiple-choice answers from the front. By a stroke of luck, he outscored the top student by a single point, gaining admission to the city’s third-best high school.
During his first two years of high school, Mr. Chong faced academic turmoil, particularly in physics. Though he held great admiration for Newton and Maxwell, the complexities of physics problems overwhelmed him. In a desperate attempt to improve, he sought the help of a teacher who had graduated from a prestigious university. However, despite the extra guidance, he not only failed to make progress but regressed, scoring a mere 20 out of 30 points in his final exam. This reverse advancement, coupled with his habitual tardiness and early departures from tutoring sessions, led the teacher to give up on him entirely. Mr. Chong became an infamous example cited by the teacher, who would refer to him as a gloomy figure, warning others that not everyone possessed the ability to learn physics.
Thus, Mr. Chong decided to switch to the liberal arts stream in his third year of high school, and against all odds, he unexpectedly reached the admission threshold of a prestigious university ranked within the top 985 institutions in the country. That year, the college entrance examination proved exceptionally challenging, and the admission score line was abnormally low. Through the province’s assessment system, a certain 985 terminal college offered admission to a single individual from Mr. Chong’s province, and that person was none other than him.
Although Mr. Chong’s university days were unremarkable compared to the top students from other provinces, he managed to pass his courses with minimal effort, barely graduating. Despite his unimpressive resume, he found himself lacking an edge in the job market. However, he wasn’t entirely discouraged, for his unwavering luck guided him towards relatively stable positions in medium-sized enterprises. Although the work wasn’t too demanding, the salaries were reasonable, and he managed to accumulate modest savings.
As of November 22, 2022, Mr. Chong’s lucky value had always counterbalanced any misfortunes, successfully steering him away from unfavorable situations throughout his life.
But it was the Argentine men’s football team that would bring about a drastic change in Mr. Chong’s fortunes.
Football held no interest for Mr. Chong, and gambling was foreign to him. However, his friend, known as Mr. F, possessed a deep passion for both. Witnessing Mr. F’s daily triumphs displayed on social media, Mr. Chong couldn’t help but feel a tinge of envy.
Everything changed during a fateful dinner on November 20.
After a few rounds of drinks, Mr. F dared to lead Mr. Chong into the world of World Cup betting. Fueled by a surge of boldness, Mr. Chong proclaimed that he would invest hundreds of thousands as long as Mr. F guided him. The next day, Mr. F chose the match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Chong confidently bet that Argentina would emerge victorious with a score of 3-0 against Saudi Arabia. Curious about his odds of winning, Mr. Chong asked Mr. F, who assured him that it wouldn’t be a significant challenge. Mr. F even claimed to have consulted with Messi himself, instilling unwavering confidence in Mr. Chong.
Placing complete trust in the lucky value that had governed his life for so long, Mr. Chong went all-in. He emptied his savings, took out a loan, and borrowed money from friends and relatives to fund his bet.
Argentina 3:0 Saudi Arabia, a bet of 500,000.
Mr. F was taken aback by the magnitude of the wager, but he proceeded to place the bet on Mr. Chong’s behalf. Though Mr. Chong was unaware of the platform used, Mr. F provided him with a screenshot as proof.
However, fate had other plans in store. On November 22, in a fit of despair and disbelief, Mr. Chong shattered his television screen with his own mobile phone.
While 500,000 might not seem like an exorbitant sum to some, for Mr. Chong, it meant a significant setback that would likely cast a shadow over his life for years to come.
Regret began to creep into his thoughts, particularly after stumbling upon an article on the internet titled “Don’t let gambling ruin young leaders.” Although Mr. Chong wasn’t a young leader himself, he couldn’t help but feel remorse for his reliance on luck. The experience left him determined never to put his faith in luck again.
Mr. F did Mr. Chong know that life’s surprises were far from over. His extraordinary story, filled with ups and downs, would continue to unfold, guided by a unique blend of fortune and his own personal journey. From this point forward, he vowed to forge a path relying on his own abilities, leaving luck behind as a distant memory.