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Friday the 13th – Exercise extreme caution when encountering gambling myths!

Sep 13, 2013

Today is the first Friday the 13th of 2013. Will that influence what you do and where you go, or will it be just another day?

Where and when did the Friday the 13th superstition originate? Some say it was as simple as combining two very unlucky things: the number 13 and the day Friday. Numerology frowns on the number 13 as do Norse myths (13 seated at a table results in the death of one of the diners). Friday as an unlucky day goes back to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Lucky numbers and superstitions abound in the gambling world: lucky charms, loose machines, special days and lotto numbers. But these beliefs have no impact on whether you win or lose.

Any of these sound familiar?

“I have lucky lottery numbers!"

The outcome of most games of chance, particularly lotteries and slot machines, is completely random: You cannot influence it, regardless of what you do. For lotteries, this means that betting the same numbers every week won't help you win any more than betting different numbers will. The odds of winning Lotto 6/49, for example, are 1 in 14 million each and every time you play: It doesn’t matter how many people have purchased tickets or what numbers you play—the odds are the same, regardless.

“I press the stop button on a slot machine at exactly the right time!”

Whether or not you win playing slot machines is based solely on the randomly drawn numbers generated by the machine’s computer—numbers which determine the game’s outcome even before the reels stop. Pressing the stop button may speed up when you find out what the game’s outcome is, but it won’t influence what that outcome is in any way.

“I just have a feeling I'm going to win today!”

Hoping, wishing or even needing to win money has absolutely no influence on the outcome of a game of chance.

Test your knowledge and see if you can separate gambling fact from gambling myth.