Charmed, I'm sure; Here's how to get lucky in 2019.
Lady Luck smiled on 363 people as the National Lottery created a recordbreaking number of millionaires this year.
That was up from 358 last year - with PS937million handed out.
And two players bagged PS7.5million on Saturday's Lotto Christmas Superdraw.
Another player could become fabulously wealthy tomorrow, with around PS107million up for grabs in the EuroMillions draw.
If winning comes down to luck, what charms, signs and symbols might work in our favour as we head into 2019?
IT'S IN THE STARS
Those born under the sign of Cancer were the luckiest lottery players, followed by Sagittarius - said to be the luckiest in the zodiac - and Taurus, lottery operator Camelot has found.
WORKING THEIR OWN LUCK?
Looking at winners' occupations, carers were the luckiest when it came to the big money this year, overtaking drivers for winning prizes worth PS1million or more.
Builders were found to be the third luckiest winners.
If you're playing the lottery or gambling then string some crocodile teeth around your neck. Some African cultures are said to believe in them as a good luck charm. The origins are believed to be in voodoo, and the animal's ability to keep hold of its prey. They became symbols of power and perseverance.
SHAPING YOUR LUCK
Triangles have been regarded the luckiest shape throughout history. There's a reason the pyramids are pyramids.
The structure is seen as one of strength, with the three sides representing the life cycle - birth, maturity and death.
A SHOE IN
We're all aware of the horseshoe charm but not many of us know why they're lucky.
The legend of Saint Dunstan from the 10th century says he trapped the devil in a horseshoe; therefore, putting one above your door protects your home from evil. A horseshoe that faces up is said to gather luck, and a downward-facing one is said to cover you in good luck.
In the Middle East, an Evil Eye amulet is said to ward off a curse received from the malicious glance of another person. Whereas in ancient Egypt, it's Scarab beetle amulets that are said to have warded off evil.
They represented the rising sun, and were synonymous with transformation and rebirth.
Throughout Asia, especially in China, good fortune can often be found in the paws of Imperial Garden lions, also called foo dogs.
The statues are generally placed in a pair outside homes to ward off thieves. You'll find them outside palaces and temples too.
SPOT OF LUCK
Ladybirds are a symbol of good luck, especially if they land on your hand. The spots indicate how many children a recently married woman will have.
There's no set basis for the myth. One source may be gardeners. The role ladybirds play in maintaining a healthy garden elevates their status in the natural world.
COINING IT IN
All around the world coins are regarded as lucky.
The rule is you only pick up a coin if it's face-side up. You're supposed to increase your luck if you wear a bent coin around your neck or keep it in your left pocket.
It's best to include a coin in a new coat, wallet or shoes.
There's a reason we've all grown up with piggy banks. Pigs represent wealth and prosperity throughout Europe and in some parts of Asia.
Chinese mythology attributes honesty and diligence to pigs.
BEST FOOT FORWARD?
The whole concept may be distasteful but a rabbit's foot is only considered a good luck charm if it is from the hind legs. The foot represents fertility. If you wear one it's said you'll become a parent soon.
YOU'LL BE LAUGHING
If you're going to choose a Buddha statue for your home, make sure it's a laughing one.
It is especially lucky because it uses his spiritual wealth to bring you material wealth. According to Feng Shui you should place one in the western part of your home for health and wealth.
MIND YOUR STEP
Never walk under a ladder. It's said to break the unity of the shape of the triangle it forms - so the unity either of the family (two parents and a child) or the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).
If you have been careless, sort it by crossing your fingers and spitting through the ladder's rungs three times.
An elephant never forgets and it also brings luck. In India, the god Ganesha - in elephant form - removes obstacles and brings luck.
Statues near your front door of two elephants facing each other, with their trunks facing up, is said to welcome visitors.
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF
A four-leaf clover is famously lucky.
St Patrick used a three-leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity and Irish Druids used it as a good luck charm. The four leaves represent hope, love, faith and luck. But the odds of finding one are about 1 in 10,000.
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HORSESHOE Will gather luck
Pyramids have a lucky shape
Go for Buddha who's laughing
LIVE IN CLOVER You'll be lucky to find one with four leaves
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|Date:||Dec 27, 2018|
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