Lucky Charms and Superstitions

Lucky charms, amulets and superstitions are things and circumstances that some believe to have mystical, even magical, effects on our lives.

In Mexico and other Latin American countries, you must touch a person or item that you verbally admire or risk invoking El Ojo, the Evil Eye. Meanwhile, American Indian tradition is filled with charmed objects, such as the Navajo mandalas - amulets composed of feathers, leather, and fur.

Traditional lucky charms also include fairly common objects like an old copper penny, a silver coin, a four-leaf clover, a rabbit's foot, or a horseshoe. Even another person can be a lucky charm. It was reported that Virginia resident Andy Bownnleur rubbed the shoulders of a friend who'd already won the Lotto and then became a $2 million winner himself.

Another story is about a car that served as the lucky charm for Johnny and Becky Taylor. The Taylors bought a GMC van which was previously owned by a Florida Lotto winner. Now the Taylors themselves are $7.9 million Lotto winners, and they give credit to the car for their good fortune.

Meanwhile, many people today consider superstitions as old-fashioned. For example, in the past, your reflection was considered part of your soul; thus breaking a mirror is considered as a catastrophe.

Here are other superstitions which you may want to consider in picking numbers your lottery numbers:

  • Knock on wood as you select those numbers. The Druids believed that spirits dwelt inside of trees, so they knocked on wood to summon the spirits.

  • Cross your fingers for luck. This was most likely derived from the Christian cross.

  • Wear red clothing when you buy your ticket. In Chinese folklore, the color red (along with loud noises) frightens evil spirits away.

  • Never play all odd numbers on one play. Chinese custom says the world is ruled by two principles, Yin and Yang. Odd numbers are Yang and belong to the gods, while even numbers are Yin and belong to humans. If you select all odd numbers, you would anger the gods.

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