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Superstitious Scotland: Lottery players use good luck rituals to score the big prizes


DO you have a good luck ritual when you buy a lottery ticket?

A survey by online lottery platform showed nearly three in ten Scots (28%) are likely to pick up a penny for luck in the lottery, a quarter ‘touch wood’ and 15% use wishbones.

The poll also revealed that those who performed a special good luck dance claimed the highest average prize (£25,000) compared to £370 for those who pick-up a penny.

Scots are split on whether they believe their rituals help.

48% of Scots believe their rituals brought good luck, whereas 52% were less sure.

Scotland is ranked as the third most superstitious region in the UK. This makes them less skeptical than the national average (58%) but far more than Londoners, with three-fifths (60%) of those in the capital believing good luck rituals work.


The most superstitious regions:


1st London
2nd Northern Ireland
3rd Scotland
4th South East
5th South West
6th North West
7th Wales
8th Yorkshire
Joint 9th North East
Joint 9th East Anglia
10th Midlands



Across Britain, for those who are superstitious, doing a special dance before entering the lottery has resulted in prizes of over £25,000 on average, with 7% of dancing queens claiming a whopping £100k+ windfall. This is compared to a paltry average of £41.75 for those who cross themselves for good luck.

Fingers crossed: Where do our superstitions come from?

The survey also found that a huge 61% of Brits interviewed admit to putting stock in rituals and superstitions, with 42% stating they have experienced good luck from doing so. Better still, 34% claimed to have won money following this practice.


The most effective rituals and superstitions for lottery wins are:


  1. Doing a special dance = average win of £25,501
  2. Tapping/clapping/clicking body part(s) a certain number of times/sequence = average win of £17,705
  3. Saying “white rabbit” before getting out of bed on 1st of month = average win of £948
  4. Having a model elephant (e.g. Ganesh) = average win of £737
  5. Throwing salt over your shoulder = average win of £648
  6. Hanging up a horseshoe = average win of £617
  7. Rubbing a lucky item = average win of £617
  8. Having a black cat cross your path = average win of £552
  9. Making a wish on a wishbone = average win of £546
  10. Using a lucky number = average win of £518