11/12/13 – Is Today Your Lucky Day
Nov. 12, 2013 – The stories and the speculation are everywhere on what, upon looking out my window this morning, I had decided was a completely normal Tuesday.
But just as I almost did, lottery players everywhere could be missing out on one of the luckiest days of the century.
Today’s date, 11/12/13 apparently carries special significance for numerology experts, calendar-lovers, expectant mothers and superstitious brides-to-be all across the nation. (Elsewhere in the world, the date may be written 12/11/13. It was not immediately clear if anyone could interpret that as a “lucky date”)
The pattern is pretty clear, 11-12-13 is a sequential calendar date. Amazingly, there will be only one more of these sequential calendar dates in this century - Dec. 13, 2014 could be the last time any of us have a chance to cash in on the luck of the calendar.
Not to be left out on the excitement (and hopefully the truth behind the lucky date) I decided I’d better get some tickets for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing.
What I didn’t do, however, was take a look at how today’s lucky numbers are doing. I strolled into my Lottery retailer and filled out a play slip, confidently filling in the numbers 11, 12 and 13 as my Mega Ball choices.
According to frequency charts, my choices weren’t great. None of those numbers has been drawn as the Mega Ball since the recent changes to the Mega Millions format. In fact, only the number 11 has made an appearance in the winning Mega Millions numbers since the format change six drawings ago.
Sure, on each line of my ticket, I’ve got a 1-in-15 chance of winning some cash, but today’s everyone’s lucky day, right? I’m after that $132 million jackpot.
The way I see it, even if I have to share with a few million other Mega Millions players, there’s no day like 11/12/13 to match all six numbers drawn.
With all the excitement, though, I hadn’t thought to ask why. My studies in “numerology” began.
Numerology, “the study of the occult significance of numbers” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a complex and ancient understanding of the world by numbers. I was really just looking for a simple “yes” or “no” to my google search: “is 11/12/13 a lucky day”.
Nonetheless, I learned a lot about myself today. Among those things: I should dress in fine fabrics. I spend a lot of time alone, thinking. I should not, in any way, be part of a manufacturing process.
Feeling sufficiently confused by numerology, I got back to what I do know – the lottery. 11/12/13 may look cool on a calendar. It is certainly an interesting coincidence that numerologists also include the number 6 as one of today’s numbers of significance (I’m a writer, not a numerologist, so I’m not sure how they did this. Read more here.)
But at the end of the day – more specifically tonight at 11 p.m., I am convinced that no matter what numbers appeared special all day, they won’t impact a game with pretty solid odds.
One in 15 for winning any prize, 1 in about 175 million for the jackpot. That’s the way it is, people. If you’re looking for a special reason to celebrate, find someone who got married or had a baby today, you’ll always remember to send a card!