So this was a lottery with one ticket? No wonder he won, then.
Bob sounds pretty self-absorbed. Someone with a bit of perspective would have been able to appreciate that saying "I prayed and God answered my prayer with the lotto jackpot" implies "out of the millions of tickets bought for this lottery by people praying to win, almost all of those prayers went unanswered and only mine was answered by God."
You are very confused. Bob did not pray to win the lottery. He prayed for a solution to his problem, and a solution came to him while he prayed: take a chance on the lotto. Because this idea came to him while praying, he gave it a more hopeful consideration that he might otherwise have done. So he followed through on it.
THIS WAS STILL A SOLUTION
even if he had not won the lotto. This is what you are failing to understand in your rush to discredit prayer. Prayer itself is often a solution.
Prayer can and often does help us realize other possible solutions, too. More effective solutions than just praying. You are just blindly and automatically dismissing all these possible and common effective results based on the fact that the lottery functions via chance.
No, but hopefully he's looking for a rational basis to use as a foundation for his views.
Why would he? He's looking for solutions, not rationale. Why are you trying to negate those solutions just because they might not work for you?
No, all he has is "I prayed, and then I won the lottery." He has nothing to say "I won the lottery because I prayed."
He bought a ticket because he prayed and it inspired him to take a chance. He won the lotto because he bought a ticket, and the ticket won. So yes, he DID win the lotto because he prayed. If he had not prayed, he would not have been inclined to buy the ticket. And if he had not bought the ticket, he could not have bought the winning ticket. Why are you even arguing with this? The chain of cause and effect is obvious.
I haven't said anything about universality or repeatability. All I'm suggesting is that Bob should try a rational basis for his views.
Bob is being completely rational. You are the one that can't seem to grasp even the most obvious chain of cause and effect.
Buying a lottery ticket is an irrational way to try to fix money issues, even if the odds of winning the jackpot are non-zero.
This has nothing to do with Bob's prayer, or with it's effectiveness. Bob was not praying to win the lottery. But he did end up winning the lottery because he prayed.