Will you try your luck this Friday 13th?

Do you happily walk under ladders, dare to open umbrellas inside, and befriend black cats?

If you like to challenge superstition, you may want to try your ‘luck’ buying a lotto entry on Friday the 13th!

For centuries ‘Black Friday’ has been associated with bad luck, but in recent years the once dreaded day on the calendar has increasingly been embraced as a day for players to ‘push their luck’ and take on the age old superstition.

Regardless if you fear or embrace the day, Friday the 13th traditionally sees a range of unusual superstitious beliefs come to light, and the issue of luck is one that keeps people talking.

NSW Lotteries asked almost 4,000 Australians whether they had any superstitous lotto rituals such as buying from the same lottery outlet or playing with special or significant numbers.

The research, conducted by ReachTEL, revealed that 47.1% of total people surveyed would prefer to choose their own lucky numbers to play based on birthdays, anniversaries and other significant numbers, while the rest (52.9%) were happy to have their numbers randomly selected and computer generated such as a QuickPick entry or by marking a random pattern on the coupon (refer to table 1).

Women were much more likely to be sentimental than men when picking their favourite lotto numbers with 55.4% of women compared to 38.4% of men saying they’d use birthdays, anniversaries and significant numbers – perhaps that’s because men are often accused of forgetting anniversaries and special dates!

Interestingly, many division one winners have told NSW Lotteries over the years they liked it when they looked at the draw results and recognised their own significant numbers and knew they’d won right away, even without their entry in front of them!

The research also revealed almost a third (32.6%) of players said they felt more optimistic about their chances of winning if they chose the numbers themselves, with Victorians feeling more strongly about this than any other state surveyed (refer to table 2). 

In terms of ‘lucky outlets’ and whether people believed that where you buy your lottery ticket could enhance your chances of winning, only around a quarter of people believed it could make a difference (refer to table 3).

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Claire Taylor said that no matter what you believe in, this Black Friday was as good a day as any to buy an entry for your chance to win.

“With draws in Set for Life occurring every day of the year, this Friday the 13th is the first and last opportunity in 2016 for fearless customers to purchase an entry into the Black Friday draw and have the chance to turn the tables on superstition and win the 1st Prize of $20,000 each and every month for the next 20 years,” Ms Taylor said.

“All NSW Lotteries games are entertaining games of chance where all numbers are drawn randomly with an equal chance of being drawn. This however doesn’t stop some players from believing in certain routines for purchasing entries or habitually choosing certain numbers to play.

“We hear interesting stories all the time about luck and superstitions from our players, including dreams predicting of a win, fortune tellers foreseeing riches, and quirky ways of choosing numbers.

“While no one can summon the winning numbers on a crystal ball, you can still take the time to carefully consider how you choose what will hopefully become your life-changing numbers!

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter where you buy your ticket, and there’s no right or wrong way to choose your numbers; you just have to be in it to win it, so why not have fun with it!”

If you want to purchase an entry into Set for Life’s Black Friday draw or buy a lotto entry on Friday the 13th, you can purchase an entry in-store or online at Tatts.com.

Table 1

Q: Of the following, how would you choose your numbers for the lottery?

Total

Female Respondents

Male Respondents

Birthdays or anniversaries

30.8%

39.1%

22.0%

Other significant numbers

16.3%

16.3%

16.4%

At random

46.2%

39.1%

53.6%

A pattern on the coupon

6.7%

5.4%

8.0%

Table 2

Q: If you purchase a lottery ticket, do you feel more optimistic about your chances of winning and if you choose the numbers yourself rather than a QuickPick?

Total

Female

Male

NSW

QLD

SA

VIC

I feel that I’m more likely to win if I choose the number myself

32.6%

31.5%

33.8%

30.7%

30.8%

33.3%

36.3%

It makes no difference to me how the numbers are chosen

67.4%

68.5%

66.2%

69.3%

69.2%

66.7%

63.8%

Table 3

Q: Do you think where you buy your lottery ticket increases your chances of winning?

Total

Female

Male

NSW

QLD

SA

VIC

Yes

22.0%

24.7%

19.1%

23.9%

22.4%

21.1%

20.0%

No

78.0%

75.3%

80.9%

76.1%

77.6%

78.9%

80.0%

This survey was conducted using an automated telephone based survey system among 3,948 voters. The data has been weighted to reflect the population age and gender distribution as provided by the ABS. Telephone numbers and the person within the household were selected at random. Copyright ReachTEL Pty Ltd.