Do you believe in luck? If you do, then guess what? I’m currently experiencing a lucky streak! And if you don’t, then guess what? I’m currently experiencing a series of unrelated good occurences. A lot of people say that you make your own luck, but I don’t really understand what that means, in fact I’m pretty sure it’s a phrase that doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny. But I guess the point of it is to say that you are responsible for making your own success, and that’s what the logical part of me believes.
Starting 10 days ago, I have had these wins:
1) I won a bookmark signed by J.Keller-Ford, one of the authors of the soon to be released anthology ‘Make Believe’, by being the randomly selected person who solved a riddle on her blog – http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/did-you-figure-it-out/
2) I won £10 on the Lotto lottery.
3) I won £3.10 on the Euromillions lottery.
4) I won a copy of the newly published book ‘Graeveburn’, signed by its author, Craig Hallam, over at his blog, by wearing the front cover of his book as a dress! (Don’t ask) – http://craighallam.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/competition-winner/
Yes, all that has been in the last 10 days, and in case you’re wondering, I haven’t been entering LOADS of things. To the best of my recollection, these are the only things I have entered in that time. Oh, I think there’s one more on another blog where the winner hasn’t been announced yet…
The lottery wins bring me to the title of this post. Here in the UK we have the option of buying our lottery tickets online. The benefit of buying them online is that you don’t have to remember to check your numbers, the site emails you if you’ve won. The downside is that the site emails you if you’ve won. The problem is in the cruelty of the email. The email arrives with the subject line ‘News about your ticket!’. You know this means you have won, but it doesn’t tell you how much, it just tells you to log in to your account. During that time from when you receive the email until you log in, you dare to dream, you dare to build up your hopes, and then you log in and your hopes are dashed as you discover that you have won just a few pounds. Do you see the cruelty? I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but… At least they have dropped the word ‘exciting’; the emails used to say ‘We have exciting news about your ticket!’ which was even more cruel, now it just says ‘News about your ticket!’ but they still couldn’t resist leaving the exclamation mark in at the end.
Whatever logical thoughts I usually have get thrown out of the window as soon as I receive the ‘News about your ticket!’ email. I start to believe that maybe I can influence the outcome, depending on how and when I choose to log in to my lottery account – maybe I have won the millions, but unless I log in to my account within 30 seconds of receiving the email, it will shrink back to a small prize…or maybe it’s currently a small prize, but if I leave it for a few minutes, hours, or even days, it will give the luck a chance to grow the small prize into a big prize…or maybe it has nothing to do with the timing, but everything to do with the method, maybe I have to stand on my head and use my toes to tap the password in. Whatever the right way is to log in to maximise the luck, I certainly haven’t discovered it yet.
So going back to my little series of wins, again, any logical thoughts have been cast aside and I have been pondering on how I can make best use of the luck I am currently experiencing. Should I enter more competitions? Should I buy extra lottery tickets? Or maybe luck doesn’t like to be tested, so perhaps I should just sit and wait for more luck to be thrown in my direction. What are the rules when it comes to luck? Anyone know?