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Cow Lottery

This weekend has been a funny small village weekend! Sometimes, I actually feel like living in Stars Hollow (all Girlmore Girls lovers like me know what I am talking about…)

Yesterday has been the big cow lottery day… I probably looked as confused as you do right now when I first heard about it but it actually really is a funny thing!!!

Let me first introduce you to the three cows that were the main part of the game. Their names are Elsa, Emma and Elisabeth…

Cow Lottery

So, for all of you who have no idea what cow lottery is (I assume all of you…), here is how it works: There is a big field that is separated into 500 tiny fields so that it kind of looks like a chess board. The participants of the game can bet on the different fields in advance as in roulette (I’ll explain why later…) Then, the cows are being led on the field and they just walk around and eat grass.

Cow Lottery

As a visitor, you basically just sit next to the field having a couple of beers (as you do at every German event…)

Cow Lottery

The reason why you sit there watching cows is that if the cows shit on the field you bet on in advance you can win a price. There is one big price per cow. In order for the game not to be boring, there are a lot of small prices you can win. Every now and then there is a countdown for a particular cow. If the cow is standing on your field after the countdown has run down, you win one of these small prices.

Cow Lottery

Unfortunately, we weren’t lucky but I can tell you, it was a lot of fun and I have never been sitting next to a field waiting for a cow to shit!!! :-)

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