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Is Number 13 Unlucky? Read The Shocking Results!

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 31,2019 | Time: 07:00 am | Edited by: The Lottery Lab Staff


The number 13 is a synonym to bad luck. Friday the 13th is unlucky. It’s unlucky to have 13 guests at a dinner party. Many buildings don’t have a 13th floor. Most people avoid getting married on the 13th or renting an apartment numbered 13. But why is the number 13 considered unlucky? Is this just a superstition or is there any statistical proof to support the reputation?

Biblical origin of the unlucky number 13

The number 13 is most feared in western culture.  it’s the reputation draws its history from the tradition that either Judas or Jesus was the 13th to take their seat at the Last Supper. Some biblical scholars suggest that the Last Supper was actually eaten the day before Passover, which would mean that the date of the Last Supper was the 13th of Nisan, a month on the Jewish calendar. Others suggest that the crucifixion itself was on the 13th of the Nisan.

Other Myths associated with the number 13

  1. People believe that a witches’ coven (a group of witches) typically has 13 members.
  2. There’s another superstition about number 13 that says if a person has 13 letters in their name, you’re bound to be cursed. It seems silly until you consider some of the most notorious murderers’ names, like Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Theodore Bundy (Ted Bundy), and Alberto De Salvo. And in case you are wondering, Adolf Hitler’s baptismal name was Adolfus Hitler.
  3. Ancient Persians divided history into four parts of 3,000 years. No doubt the exact timeframes can vary, scholars still believe that the beginning of the 13,000th year will bring chaos and evil.
  4. 13 being unlucky is also tied into the revolutions of the earth itself. Our ancestors lacked the precise astrological tools that we have today to map the passage of the time.  As a result, they erroneously believed there were 13 months in single year. This is because thirteen  full moons occur in a year. Lunar worship became associated with  witchcraft, and Satanism across much of Europe thus strengthening the idea that 13 was an unlucky number. Rumors have persisted of a hidden 13th zodiac sign which will signify the end of the world.

Some strange but true facts (or rather mishaps!)

  1. The order of the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured, and massacred on Friday the 13th of October, 1307, by the King of France.
  2. The film named Alive is based on the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes Mountains, which occurred on Friday the 13th, October 1972.
  3. Bhola Cyclone broke on Friday, November 13th, 1970 and caused the deaths of over a million people in India and Bangladesh.
  4. Turning to the world of sports, Dan Marino is a constant fixture at or near the top of any "best quarterbacks to never win a Super Bowl" list. Apparently, he failed to grab the biggest prize in football and people linked it with his jersey number 13.

How number 13 perform in US Lotteries

Looking at the modern lottery drawing system, lottery balls are designed to give each ball the same chance of being drawn. However, number 13 still has a history of showing up far less when compared to other numbers. According to lotto numbers, number 13 is drawn only 20 times from the year 2015 to the present. Similarly in Mega Millions, number 13 is drawn only 9 times from the year 2017 to the present. Perhaps this is how randomness is supposed to work. Or maybe there is more to this ancient belief than we know!  

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