Residents of the Chup Commune in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, are paying homage to a large python because they believe it is imbued with powers that can make them win the lottery.
The snake is presently nesting in a woodpile where it has laid 23 eggs.
Pythons are revered in Cambodia so when, Asuna Sports Centre owner, Chan Sokheng discovered the snake's hiding place word soon got around.
Local resident Chan Thea, 43, immediately sought out the snake and offered up prayers to it. Thea claims the python responded by transmitting a series of numbers to him which he later used to win the lottery.
"The python became magic. I prayed to it and then I won the lottery draw," Thea said.