Although many people dismiss luck as mumbo jumbo, plenty of gamblers insist on superstitions that help them believe that they will be more successful. Whether it’s a lucky piece of jewellery, wearing odd socks, saluting magpies or even praying for good luck, there are so many ‘techniques’ to give us the best chance of winning. But what about visiting a lucky place before playing your next game? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most fortuitous places on earth, so you can plan a trip that will make you as lucky as possible.
10. The Weeping Column, Istanbul, Turkey
The Weeping Column: Inside Turkey’s incredible Hagia Sophia, you’ll find the ‘Weeping Column’, a must-see for many of the 3.5 million visitors who head to one of the oldest religious sites in Istanbul. Said to grant wishes to those who place their thumb in a hole in the centre of column, before rotating their palm and making their demands. If the person’s thumb comes out wet (The column is covered in running water) then the wish will come true. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
9. The Blarney Stone, Ireland
Blarney is a fantastic example of a medieval Irish castle, but many visitors to the historical site are there solely for selfish reasons. At the top of the battlements lies a large piece of Limestone, which is said to give those who kiss it luck for an extended period of time. The only hitch is that the stone hangs over a treacherous drop over the castle walls, so only the truly adventurous are able to lie on their backs over the void to place a smacker on the Blarney Stone. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
8. Schoener Brunnen Fountain, Nuremberg, Germany
In one of Germany’s most beautiful Medieval cities visitors will find the ornate Schoener Brunnen fountain. On the ornate railings that surround it, there is a gold ring that rotates for a very specific reason. It is said that if visitors rotate the ring three times they will be fortunate for the rest of their lives, but any more than three turns is asking for trouble! Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
7. Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb, Springfield Illinois
Visit the final resting place of America’s most famous president and you’ll notice straight away that the gigantic bronze bust has a section which just doesn’t look right. According to local folklore, rubbing Honest Abe’s nose will leave you with good luck, so the entire nose of the gigantic likeness has been worn clean with so many hands giving it a pat for good fortune. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
6. The Laughing Buddha, Hangzhou, China
Everyone’s favourite happy deity is synonymous with good luck to start with, so it’s no surprise that the gigantic Lingyin temple and monastery in Hangzhou that is home to hundreds of Buddha statues is classed as a lucky place. Rubbing a particular Buddha’s belly is said to bring everyone nearby good luck, which is why Lingyin has become one of the most popular tourist spots in the region. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
5. Winged Figures, Hoover Dam
If there’s one place on earth where people need to have luck on their side, it’s Las Vegas. The good news is that a couple of statues found on the roadway of the nearby Hoover Dam hold the answer to fortune-seekers. A quick tickle of 30 foot figures’ feet is said to grant good luck, with the toes of both statues now a completely different color than the rest of the structure. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
4. Glasgow Bingo Hall
Glasgow is home of the luckiest bingo hall in the UK. 2016 saw players win an impressive £322,833.34, bingo has surged in popularity recently, mainly down to the fun that can be found through playing online. The online games have resulted in a new generation of players, reports suggested that this was causing many bingo halls to shut down, however, Scotland also had three other bingo halls that featured in the top 10 ‘luckiest bingo halls’. This result showed that there is definitely life in the grand old game in Scotland! Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
3. Victor Noir’s Grave, Paris , France
Pere Lachaise Cemetry is the final resting place for many famous figures, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaff and Oscar Wilde, but it is the tomb of Victor Noir that is a big draw for many. Planting a kiss on the lips of the bronze statue of the journalist, then rubbing *ahem* the trouser area and leaving a rose in his upturned hat are said to bring luck of a different kind; with finding a husband and fertility. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
2. Romford, United Kingdom
The National Lottery has been helping to make millionaires since 1994, but buying your ticket in Romford seems to have an advantage. The town is home to over 400 jackpot winning tickets, easily more than any other single location in the UK, making it statistically more likely for the next jackpot winner to be from the East end of London. Click the next ARROW to see the next image!
1. Lucky, Louisiana
Ok, so this one is a bit of a cheat, and there is another town in West Virginia called lucky, but bear with us. The village of lucky (population 272 at last count) isn’t a million miles away from the Mississippi river and New Orleans, which are of course the spiritual birthplaces of poker as we know it. Whether there is an underground poker scene in Lucky remains to be seen, but we’re sure it’s residents are constantly winning if there is.