No, you don't, but it's not a bad idea to look at it and let Lily explain the rules to you.
If you want to win (but again, you don't have to), remember that the one whose piece is the last to get to the end loses. So it doesn't matter if you get there first; the only thing to worry about is not being last.
This is a real game from ancient Egypt, by the way. I've heard it said that its reliance on chance reflects the ancient Egyptians' feeling that their lives were wholly ruled by the gods and they themselves had no control over their fate. For us, that means you don't win very often, no matter how good you are.