Where is irony shown in this story?

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In addition to tthakker's excellent answer, the overarching irony is of course the child's death.  What was supposed to have been lucky turns out to be tragedy for all involved.  

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Another great irony is that the mother finally has the money she perceives to desperately need, yet continues to be unfulfilled because she doesn't have luck in any sense of the word; she has no idea how to continue to generate money, and she has lost her young son because of her greed, indifference, and selfishness.  Earlier in the story, she says that luck is more important than money.  Therefore, even the loss of her son doesn't bring what is most important to her.

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The great irony shown in the story is how the boy claims to have great luck because he is able to earn money through horse races. However, to the reader the boy is unlucky in every sense. He is neglected and is unable to get the love he wants from his mother. Although he thinks he is lucky because of his ability to win money, this luck does not fulfill his dreams or make him content. In fact, it is this luck that kills him in the end. 

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