Following up to my article on luck, I thought it would be interesting to examine some of the most common superstitions and look at where they came from. Like luck, many people believe in superstitions and use them to guide how they play lotto or lottery. Here are some of the better known superstitions, what they really mean and how they originated.
This is probably the most common superstition, besides Friday the 13th. We all know that it is said that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. I personally think any cat crossing your path is bad luck, but that’s just me! The origin of this superstition is from the old witch hunting days. Witches were believed to be able to communicate with animals (kind of like Aquaman or the Beastmaster), and black cats were considered the most common and were said to contain the soul of the devil. Whoa!
Friday the 13th
The “granddaddy” of superstitions. We all know that Friday the 13th is supposed to be a bad luck day, but why? Some believe it originated from the Bible. During the last supper, there were 13 diners, and two of them didn’t fare very well. And bad things seem to happen in the Bible on Fridays: Adam and Even getting ejected from Eden, Noah’s flood and more. So put the two together, and it’s a lethal combination. By the way, there is a name for the fear of Friday the 13th: triskaidekaphobia (try saying that 10 times fast!)
Do broken mirrors really bring 7 years of bad luck? It certainly is unlucky to break a mirror – after all, you might step on a broken piece! Back in the Roman days, doctors used mirrors to “divine” whether someone was healthy. If the mirror broke, it meant they were sick, and Romans believed it took 7 years for the body to completely heal itself.
Opening Umbrella Indoors
It just plain seems like a bad idea to do this. And why would you want to anyway? This superstition dates back to the Egyptians. They believed that if you opened an umbrella inside (yes they had umbrellas) it would be an offence to the sun god and you would be cursed. In Victorian times, umbrellas were big and you might do some damage or even hurt your eye if you opened one inside. Yikes!
Do Superstitions Affect Your Lotto Winnings?
As I said with luck, I leave it up to you to decide whether superstitions are real or not. If you do believe, than just don’t play the lotto or lottery when one of the unlucky superstitions crosses your way. If you think superstitions are silly, then go ahead and play anyway. I personally don’t believe strongly in superstitions, but then again, why take the chance? If you want to practice, feel free to play RewardIt’s Lotto when we launch. Enter to win $1,000.00 in cash today at RewardIt too!