It’s Friday the 13th, and you've gotta ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

Jonathan Kaupanger
April 12, 2018 - 3:46 pm

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It’s Friday the 13th, are you feeling lucky today?  If not, here’s few places in the US where you could recharge your luck batteries.

Abraham Lincoln’s tomb, Springfield, Illinois.  The final resting place that holds the remains of the 16th President of the United States was finished in 1874.  The tomb is in the middle of a 12.5 acre plot and is constructed of granite and topped with a 117 foot tall obelisk.

The lucky part is the bronze sculpture of Lincoln’s head, resting on a pedestal in front of the entrance way. Specifically, it’s the nose that is reputed to be lucky. Visitors have buffed Abe’s nose to a bright golden shine over the years but no one knows how this superstition started.

Unlucky in life, death didn’t change Lincoln’s luck much either. In 1876, two Chicago criminals tried to steal his body and hold it for ransom. Over the years the president’s body was removed several times but finally was buried in a vault ten feet below ground, in a wood box, wrapped in a steel cage and covered with cement. In other words, don’t try to rub the actual nose of President Lincoln, stick to the bronze bust.

Lucky Cat Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Lucky Cat or Maneki-neko is a Japanese symbol of good luck that goes back more than 100 years. In the Ohio Lucky Cat Museum you can see over 1,000 versions of this kitty-kitty.

These good luck charms are not just for general luckiness – they are thought to bring monetary fortune and the ability to summon people. This is probably why most American’s have only seen them in Asian restaurants. The standard version of the cat is sitting upright with one paw raised and often are mechanical and can move. 

You’ll test your luck if you don’t plan your visit to the museum.  It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3 pm to 6 pm only.

San Diego, CA and Baltimore, MD. First, make a list of all the cities that have had Powerball, Mega Millions and Publishers Clearing house winners, then add in the most hole-in-ones. Then, mix in the places with the fewest lightning strikes and deaths from falling objects. Next, we find places that have the least money lost on lottery tickets and race betting. This gives us a list of the luckiest cities in the country.

Number one on that list and the best place to hang out on Friday the 13th...San Diego, California. Coming in a close second is Baltimore, Maryland.

Cities to avoid on this most unluckiest of days are Fargo, ND; Miami, FL; Bridgeport, CT; St. Petersburg, FL; Billings, MT; Sioux Falls, SD; Memphis, TN; Jackson, MS; Tampa, FL and Charleston, WV.  Since Florida has three of the most unlucky cities in the Union, maybe just avoid the state all together.

The luckiest states, if you play Powerball are Indiana with 39 wins, Missouri with 31 and Minnesota with 22 big lottery winners.