12 Lucky Symbols to Boost Your Chances of Winning

Lucky symbols: some people swear by them, and others think that they’re silly. But whether it’s possible to influence Lady Luck with a rabbit’s foot or a cuddly pig, lucky symbols can be a lot of fun. And anything that makes sweepstakes more fun and you more likely to enter will boost your odds! So if you don’t have one already, here are some popular lucky symbols to inspire you. (If you do have one, be sure to tell us about yourfavorite lucky symbol!)

1. Four Leaf Clovers

Four-Leafed Clovers, a Symbol of Luck.

Four leaf clovers are an ancient Irish symbol of luck. According to our Landscaping Guide’s article, Four Leaf Clovers as Celtic Charms, the four leaves stand for “faith, hope, love, and luck.” True four-leaf clovers are rare, but luckily there are lots of ways to use them as lucky symbols.

For example, you can make a four leaf clover bookmark or needlepoint pillow, or even get a four leaf clover tattoo, if you want to bring your luck with you wherever you go.

2. Lucky Horseshoes

Image of a horseshoe, a symbol of luck.

Horseshoes are one of the best-known lucky symbols, although the reason for their lucky properties varies.

Some people say that horseshoes are lucky because they were traditionally made of iron, which kept away mischievous fairies. Another legend says that Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith, nailed a horseshoe to the devil’s foot, and received a guarantee that the devil would stay away from any house with a horseshoe on the door.

Whatever the reason for the legend, horseshoes make a fun lucky symbol to hang on the door of your computer room (just make sure that the points go upward, so that it can fill with luck). Or use horseshoe stickers to decorate your computer (making sure you don’t cover the ventilation holes) or your monitor.

3. Lucky Dice (Fuzzy or Otherwise)

Photo of a pair of fuzzy dice, a symbol of luck.

Considering how many games of chance are played with dice, it’s no surprise that they have become a symbol of luck. So why not show how much you love to roll the dice and come up with big wins by using fuzzy dice as your lucky talisman.

Some ideas: you could sew yourself a pair of fuzzy dice, or line the edge of your monitor stand with brightly-colored dice for a cheery look.

4. Ladybugs are Bearers of Luck

A ladybug on a four-leaf clover.

Ladybugs are popular insects worldwide, and many cultures believe that they bring luck. In Austria, they are actually called “Glueckskaefer” – “lucky bugs.”

There are various rumors about how luck actually manifests with ladybugs. Some cultures say that if a ladybug lands on you and you don’t brush it off, you will be lucky. Others say that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they’ll fall in love. And still others say that some ladybugs are luckier than others — the deeper red their color and the more spots they have, the luckier you’ll be!

Ladybugs are cute, and they can make excellent lucky symbols. Read about how to make ladybug clip art, create a cute clay pot ladybugfor your computer desk, or other ladybug crafts.

5. Lucky Number Seven

Image of the type of game often found in instant sweepstakes.

Growing up, I heard that seven was the luckiest number, but I never knew why. But it does seem that the number seven has been connected with luck, with perfection, and with attainment of knowledge in many cultures throughout history.

My best guess is that the focus on the number seven began due to its many interesting mathematical properties. The ancient Greeks called 7 “the perfect number,” the sum of 3 (triangle) and 4 (square), which are perfect forms. Seven also crops up in a number of prominent places:

  • There are 7 days of the week.
  • There are 7 colors in the rainbow.
  • There are 7 planets visible to the naked eye.
  • The 7th son of a 7th son is supposed to be especially gifted and lucky.
  • 7 is a winning roll in many games of chance.

6. … and the Lucky Number Eight

Picture of the number 8, a symbol of luck.

Now, if I’d have grown up in China, I would probably be saying that the number 8 is the luckiest number, and the reason is much more clear than with the number 7. In Chinese, the word for the number 8 sounds a lot like the word for prosperity.

The number 8, with its two graceful curves, is also a balanced number. Balance and harmony are vital ingredients for a lucky life.

If the number 7 doesn’t catch your fancy as a lucky symbol, then perhaps the number 8 would better fit your style.

7. Lucky Rabbit Foot

Picture of a rabbit, theoretically with feet still attached.

Lucky rabbit foot keychains, whether real or faux, are popular symbols of luck. But did you know that the tradition actually comes from hoodoo magic?

The original legend says that the left-hind foot of a rabbit that is captured in a cemetery at night, can ward off evil magic.

Yikes. Personally, I think I prefer rabbits’ feet when they’re attached to the rabbit. But there are still lots of ways that you can use rabbits as your own personal symbol of luck. Try this cute rabbit pattern from our Guide to Crochet, pick out an adorable stuffed bunny to sit on your computer table, or learn to draw your own lucky bunnies.

8. More Lucky Animals

Scarab beetles were considered a lucky symbol in ancient Egypt.

Rabbits aren’t the only animals to be used as lucky symbols. For example:

  • In feng shui, goldfish are said to attract luck and prosperity. Dragons and horses are also considered lucky.
  • In Germany, Lucky Pigs (“Glücksschwein”) are often given as tokens to wish friends and family a happy and lucky New Year.
  • Turtles and tortoises are also considered lucky, due to their long life-spans.
  • Ancient Egyptians considered the scarab beetle to be lucky.

Given such a wide range of choices, it’s pretty easy to find a favorite animal to serve as a lucky symbol.

9. Rainbows and Luck

Picture of a rainbow with a pot of gold, a symbol of luck.

Rainbows are considered lucky because of the legend that says that if you dig at the end of a rainbow, you’ll find a pot of gold.

Rainbows are great lucky symbols for sweepstakes fans. Not only do they have a great story behind them, but they are also beautiful and cheery. If you need something to keep you motivated to enter sweepstakes, what better than a bright and colorful rainbow?

Some ideas for rainbow lucky symbols include:

  • Rainbow Family Crafts
  • Rainbow-Themed Gifts
  • Pot of Gold Cross Stitch Pattern
  • How to Draw a Leprechaun with a Pot of Gold

10. Lucky Coins

Picture of I-Ching Coins, a lucky symbol.

I think we’ve all heard a famous saying about lucky coins:

Find a penny, pick it up, and all that day you’ll have good luck!

Some people say that not just any penny lying on the ground is lucky, but that lucky pennies have to be found face-up. Personally, I think any free money that I find lying around is lucky!

Did you know, however, that pennies aren’t the only lucky coins? For example, Chinese I-Ching coins are also considered lucky, and are often given as gifts of luck on Chinese New Year and for weddings.

Pennies and I-Ching coins can make pretty decorations for your office, while bringing a little extra luck to your sweepstakes entries.

11. Lucky Bamboo

Picture of bamboo, a symbol of luck.

Lucky bamboo is technically not bamboo at all, but a close relative called Dracaena. It’s a hardy, long-lived plant, which might account for its lucky properties.

The more stalks a lucky bamboo plant has, the more luck it’s supposed to bring. A plant with three stalks is said to bring happiness, wealth and longevity to the owners. But some plants have even more stalks, which are said to impart more kinds of luck.

  • How to Grow Lucky Bamboo
  • Buy Your Own Lucky Bamboo (compare prices)

12. Dreamcatchers and Luck

Photo of a dreamcatcher, a symbol of luck.

Dreamcatchers come from Native American lore. Looking like a web or net stretched over a loop and decorated with bright beads and feathers, they are said to catch bad dreams as they enter a household. Read more about dreamcatcher legends from our Healing Guide.

By capturing the disturbing dreams, they make the owner happier, more balanced, and luckier. Plus, they look pretty cool, too.

Hang a dreamcatcher inside your office window to keep bad luck away (compare prices). Or buy a pair of dreamcatcher earrings or a dreamcatcher necklace (compare prices) to bring luck with you wherever you go.

Being lucky – What does it really mean?

Do you think being lucky is just luck? Sounds like strange question, but luck is actually the combination of a lot of things you do in life and what you believe about yourself and others.

Dr Richard Wiseman has studied Luck for over 10 years and has shown that lucky people have certain traits and characteristics that make them more prone to being lucky.

Definiton of ‘being lucky

Being lucky could mean a lot of things to a lot of people. What I am talking about here is being lucky in life, not lucky in the lottery or any other form of gambling, as this is down to chance alone. Being lucky in life is when you have the life you want and it seemingly happens by accident, by pure luck.

I work with someone who seems incredibly unlucky in everything she does. If something unlucky is going to happen it will happen to her. She is a manic person whose mind is constantly racing and she tries to do 100 things at once. When she talks it’s at 100 miles per hour, she asks questions about 5 times before taking it in, she is distrustful of people, she sees the bad in everyone and to top it off she’s a very nice person. However, she must be the unluckiest person I have ever met.

In contrast I know someone else who seems to be incredibly lucky. He is optimistic, sees the good in people, believes that good things will happen to him and his family and regularly has conversations about the good things he wishes for himself and his family. He knows what he wants and he goes after it with all guns blazing. Yet he is laid back, he is a very kind and generous person and is happy in life.

People who are lucky show certain characteristics and beliefs about themselves and the world so I would like to share with you the eight ways to be more lucky.

7 ways to be more lucky

7 ways to be more lucky

  1. Belief: Believing that you will get the things you want in life and deserve the things you want in life will make you more prone to receiving them. Why is this? When you think about something you see a picture in your head, when you have a picture in your head your mind is locked onto receiving it. When you mind is locked onto receiving something it will start, unconsciously, to notice ways of getting what you want. It will start to notice opportunities that you might have missed had you not had that picture in your head and the belief it could happen.
  2. Taking risks: People who are lucky take more risks. This doesn’t mean they gamble their house and take risks on new businesses and forgetting their family. Taking a risk can be calculated, you weigh up your options know what you can afford to lose and go for it. If it doesn’t work out you go for it again when you can afford to lose more.
  3. Working hard: A lot of sports stars, singers, dancers, actors etc seem to have become famous overnight and are rich beyond belief. However what most people don’t see is that those same people have spent years of hard work and sacrifice to get to where they are today. Take Sylvester Stallone, he auditioned with every casting agency he could and didn’t get anywhere until he wrote a script for Rambo, and the rest is history. Working hard is a pre-requisite to being lucky.
  4. Generosity: Being generous to others seems to be a trait in all lucky people. They give generously of their time and their money. They share their luck and wealth among others. A lot of people share their knowledge which can be more valuable than money or time. I have met so many people through this blog and I believe it’s because I share what I know and what I have learned throughout my life and throughout the research I have done over the years.
  5. Instinct: Listening to your instinct can be invaluable when it comes to choosing what you want in life. How many times have you had the instinct to go for something but your brain held you back and told you all the reasons not to do it, then later on you find out it would have worked out well after all. We all have instincts for a reason and some people take more heed when it comes to listening to their instincts, you can hone this ability simply by listening with your body, be aware of your bodily sensations when you are thinking about trying something new. The more you trust your instinct the more it will serve you better.
  6. Positive outlook: Having a positive outlook on life is a must if you are to become a luckier person. If you outlook on life is doom and gloom then I am afraid to say this is how you will see life itself. Your brain thinks ‘I am a gloomy little git, so I will look for things to be gloomy about’ whereas if you have a positive outlook your brain will say ‘I am a cheery liitle git, I will look for more things to be cheery about’. You control what is input int your brain by your thoughts, change your thoughts and you will change your life.
  7. Coping with bad luck: The way you cope with bad luck can change your life. If something bad happens to me I always look at what could have made that situation worse. Two weeks ago my washing machine, power shower and gas all packed up at the same time. It was going to cost over £700 to get them all fixed. Luckily, my wife had taken out a gas plan 1 week previous and we were covered for the repairs which would have cost us hundreds. We managed fine with a bath, and are still doing so, and we bough a new washing machine which was on special offer at the time, how lucky was that. Now, instead of thinking ‘oh why oh why does this happen to me, I am the unluckiest person in the world, what is going to happen next’ I thought ‘jesus, that could have been a lot worse.

Being lucky does not happen by luck it happens by having a positive attitude in life, working hard and sharing yourself with others. This has been proven in numerous studies and time and time again it has been shown that changing your thoughts really does change your luck.

Lucky Thinking

If you watched the movie, Evan Almighty, you might have noticed that Evan’s character starts every morning by looking in the mirror and saying,

“I am smart, I am successful, I am happy.”

This is an affirmation.

Affirmationsare ways of planting the seeds of success in our subconscious, helping us to think positively and to be more prepared for success. As W. Clement Stone said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Affirmations are always positive, in the first person, and in the present tense. You can write them out or repeat them to yourself several times each day. Some good affirmations to improve your luck might be,

I am

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Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life

My friend Al is a serious blackjack player. His world revolves around the mathematics of the game. He thinks that luck is a four-letter word that should not be used in polite company. When he has a bad day at the table he refers to it as a negative fluctuation and a good day is a positive one. My friend Jack is a poker player who believes that even a bad player can get “Lucky” from time to time. I believe that Luck determines the way the cards are dealt and knowledge determines how you play them for the best results. The ebb and flow of positive and negative fluctuation is luck. The right end of the spectrum is good luck and the negative is bad luck.

In the short term Luck will be a big factor in determining whether you win or lose. This is true of games that have positive expectations as well as games with a high house edge. If you are playing games like slots or Roulette with a high house edge luck will be the only way to win. In the long run you will lose at these games. The casino will see the long term because they are open 24/7 and the math will equal out for them. But if you are only an occasional visitor to the casino it is possible to have some sort term wins. This is the reason that people go back to the casinos. If the outcome of each visit were based strictly on math you would never win because there would be no deviation from the long-term results. If this happened no one would play. If you knew you would lose five cents on the dollar every time you bet a number in roulette or pulled the handle on the slot machine it would be pretty silly to just hand over money.

For games of skill like poker, blackjack or video poker the “Luck” factor will even out as you reach the theoretical result refereed to as the long run. Many wonder what constitutes the long run any way. Is it a million hands or two? There really is no specific answer. Some casual players may never play enough hands in a lifetime to achieve long-term results.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to learn the proper strategy for these games. The knowledge to play proper strategy to the best of your ability will help you move toward the positive end of the spectrum. Just believing in luck is not enough to improve your chances. A wise man once said “Faith will move mountains but you better bring along your shovel and be prepared to help with the work.” In the casino your shovel will be your knowledge of proper play.

Luck determines the cards you are dealt. Knowledge and skill determines how you play them. A lucky person finds a way to use his abilities to come out ahead. This is true in casino games and is also a factor in the game of life.

We all know someone who is extremely lucky. Think of the luckiest person you know. You will find that person is usually happy, outgoing and upbeat. They know how to make the best of any situation. On the other hand think about someone you know who always seems to have bad luck. Do they complain and gripe all the time? The “Lucky” person is usually the one with the positive attitude. Look at the chart below. Compare these traits and see how many fit your personality.

It’s just possible that your attitude can change your luck. We’ve all heard the saying, “When life deals you lemons, Learn how to make lemonade.” The person that turns an adverse situation into an advantages one is sometimes looked upon as being lucky, when it was actually their attitude that brought about the luck.

Here is a little exercise you can do to try and change your attitude and your luck. When you get up in the morning think about one of luckiest things that has happened to you in your life. Maybe it was meeting that special person in you life or finding a hot stock that tripled over night. Perhaps it was that one time you were in “the right place at the right time”. Keep the thought of that event in the back of your mind. During the day if things don’t go exactly right think back on your past good fortune and don’t get discouraged.

There is no guarantee that this will immediately change your luck, but as Sheryl Crow sang in her song, “If it makes you happy it can’t be that bad.” Being happy is one of the traits of a lucky person.

Good Luck

Until Next time remember:
Luck comes and goes…..Knowledge Stays Forever.

Personality Traits

Lucky Unlucky
Optimistic Pessimistic
Confident Unsure
Happy Grumpy
Generous Miserly
Outgoing Introverted
Contented Complains

How to make your own luck?

Some folks do have all the luck — and psychologist Richard Wiseman can teach you how to be one of the lucky few.

“It’s better to be lucky than smart.” “You make your own luck in life.” “Some folks are just born lucky.” In an environment marked by rising tensions and diminished expectations, most of us could use a little luck — at our companies, in our careers, with our investments. Richard Wiseman thinks that he can help you find some.

Wiseman, 37, is head of a psychology research department at the University of Hertfordshire in England. For the past eight years, he and his colleagues at the university’s Perrott-Warrick Research Unit have studied what makes some people lucky and others not. After conducting thousands of interviews and hundreds of experiments, Wiseman now claims that he’s cracked the code. Luck isn’t due to kismet, karma, or coincidence, he says. Instead, lucky folks — without even knowing it — think and behave in ways that create good fortune in their lives. In his new book, The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles (Miramax, 2003), Wiseman reveals four approaches to life that turn certain people into luck magnets. (And, as luck would have it, he tells the rest of us how to improve our own odds.)

Wiseman’s four principles turn out to be slightly more polished renditions of some of the self-help canon’s greatest hits. One thing Wiseman discovered, for example, was that when things go awry, the lucky “turn bad luck into good” by seeing how they can squeeze some benefit from the misfortune. (Lemonade, anyone?) The lucky also “expect good fortune,” which no doubt has Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, grinning in his grave.

But if these insights aren’t exactly groundbreaking, neither are they wrongheaded. For instance, Wiseman found that lucky people are particularly open to possibility. Why do some people always seem to find fortune? It’s not dumb luck. Unlike everyone else, they see it. “Most people are just not open to what’s around them,” Wiseman says. “That’s the key to it.”

Wiseman began his career as a teenage magician who joined London’s prestigious Magic Circle society and journeyed to Hollywood to perform for thousands. “Magic is very good training for seeing the world from somebody else’s perspective,” he says. Wiseman’s latest research makes several forays into areas where most scholars rarely tread: He has investigated the psychological underpinnings of magic, the dynamics of deception, and the psychology of the paranormal. In 2001, he achieved international notoriety conducting a yearlong search for the world’s funniest joke, testing how some 350,000 participants reacted to 40,000 jokes.

FAST COMPANY was lucky enough to catch up with the hip and affable professor at a café overlooking London’s Hyde Park.

How did a serious academic like you become interested in a squishy subject like luck?

Round about 10 years ago, I was talking to people about why they’d ended up where they’d ended up in their lives — the people they were with, the careers they were in, and so on. And the words that kept coming up were things like “luck” and “chance.” People said, “I met my partner by chance.” Or “I’m in this particular career because I just happened to go to this party.” I knew from the psychology literature that psychologists avoided luck. They said you couldn’t do science with it. So I decided to test that. I did some research that asked people, “Do you consider yourself unlucky, or lucky?”

Over time, we built up a database of about 400 people from all over the UK, all walks of life, who considered themselves especially lucky or unlucky. The people in both groups were saying, “I’ve no idea why this is the case; I’m just lucky” — or unlucky. But I didn’t believe that for a minute. I thought there was something else going on. So in the Luck Project, we’ve had them take part in experiments, interviewed them, had them keep diaries — all sorts of things — trying to piece together why you’d have one group of people for whom everything would work out well and another group for whom things would be completely disastrous.

Isn’t there a distinction between chance and luck?

There’s a big distinction. Chance events are like winning the lottery. They’re events over which we have no control, other than buying a ticket. They don’t consistently happen to the same person. They may be formative events in people’s lives, but they’re not frequent. When people say that they consistently experience good fortune, I think that, by definition, it has to be because of something they are doing.

In other words, they make their own luck.

That’s right. What I’m arguing is that we have far more control over events than we thought previously. You might say, “Fifty percent of my life is due to chance events.” No, it’s not. Maybe 10% is. That other 40% that you think you’re having no influence over at all is actually defined by the way you think.

Your whole life savings on one roulette spin

Back in 2006 there was a man who on live television walked into a casino in Las Vegas, and bet his entire life savings. This caught a lot of attention in the news, because it was such a large wager and that it was so odd for someone to risk it all. Mark Pilarski weighs in on his thoughts.

The person who did this was Ashley Revell, who put up his entire net worth of $135,300 on red at the roulette table while a British film crew recorded the event. However, it was not live as your question suggests, but taped delayed. The reason for the tape delay was because the Wire Act provides criminal penalties to anyone engaging in the business of betting when using a wire communication facility for the transmission of interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers on any sporting event, contest or betting information. I’m sure The Plaza Hotel-Casino in downtown Las Vegas, where the bet was placed, made sure the wager was taped and not broadcast live.

There isn’t a chance that I would have taken this wager if I was a casino owner. Even with the global exposure that the wager received, I would have nixed the idea of someone betting his or her life savings on one spin. This columnist has recommended countless times that you should

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only bet what you can afford to lose, not everything you own. Most of the casinos in Las Vegas would probably agree with Yours Truly; of course, the others would have had their limos curbside at the airport awaiting Revell’s arrival.

Was that just good old LUCK?
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Finally, even though he won $135,300 (not $270,000, see below) when the ball dropped into the seven slot, a red number, I must challenge Revell’s wisdom for choosing roulette when risking his total net worth.

There were plenty of wagers in the casino that offer a better deal than double zero roulette, where the house edge is 5.26% on every bet you place on the table, including betting red. Revell broke the most fundamental principle of all of gambling; finding the best bet and conditions. He was not gambling smart when he decided a single spin at a double-zero roulette table is where he’d lay his brazen bet.

If Revell was so gung-ho on roulette, he should have at least made that same wager on a single zero roulette wheel where the house edge is a less murderous 2.70%. Better yet, he should have avoided Las Vegas entirely and made the play in Atlantic City, where some casinos have a special rule that allows only one half of the wager to be lost whenever the ball lands on zero or double zero (0, 00). This even-money outside bet is called Surrender. Surrender (or “en prison” in French) is allowed only on even money bets that pay off at 1 to 1 (Red/black, odd/even, 1-18/ and 19-36).

In Revell’s case of betting Red, if 00 or 0 came up, without Surrender, he would have automatically lost his bet. If Surrender were available at the casino where he made the play, half of his wager would remain on Red through the next spin. It’s called Surrender because his bet is temporarily held hostage, or “en prison” if you like, awaiting the outcome of the next spin. This Surrender option cuts the house edge on even money bets to 2.63% on the American game, and down to 1.35% on the European, single-zero table.

By the way, Danny, he did not win $270,000 as many news accounts reported. He risked $135,300 and won $135,300.

Google’s “I’m feeling lucky” button costs Google $110 million per year

Google cofounder Sergey Brin told public radio’s Marketplace

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that around one percent of all Google searches go through the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button. Because the button takes users directly to the top search result, Google doesn’t get to show search ads on one percent of all its searches. That costs the company around $110 million in annual revenue, according to Rapt’s Tom Chavez. So why does Google keep such a costly button around?

“It’s possible to become too dry, too corporate, too much about making money.

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Furious Ryanair passenger eats his 10.000 Euro winning lottery ticket

Despite all the weird things Ryanair manages to do to its passengers, they do have their fair share of wacky passengers as well. During one of their flights this week, a passenger purchased a scratchcard lottery ticket (one of the many ways Ryanair makes money). When he uncovered the numbers, he turned out to be the lucky winner of €10,000 (about $13,600).

And this is where the story takes a twist for the weird – when the passenger was told that he would have to send his ticket in for verification, and that the cabin crew don’t fly around Europe with that kind of cash, he got furious.

Normal people would throw a tantrum, calm down, and accept the situation. Instead, the lucky winner ate his ticket.

Right in front of all his fellow passengers, this guy actually ate a $13,600 winning lottery ticket. The only upside to this story is that the winning prize money will go unclaimed, so it can be donated to charity. I’m not sure whether alcohol or just plain stupidity played a role here, but it sure seems like one of the dumbest ways to throw away money.

Scratch card scandal Half million dollar unpaid winning ticket!

A woman sues after ‘winning’ $500,000 scratch-off ticket is called misprint. An Ocala woman wants a jury to decide if the Florida Lottery was wrong to dismiss her winning ticket as a misprint.

Ann Marie Curcio claims the Lottery is in breach of its contract with buyers because it will not pay $500,000 she says she is owed for her winning Gold Rush ticket.

“We don’t believe that there is a sufficient excuse for the Lottery not to pay it. . . . There are no disclaimers on the ticket,” said Larry Walters, Curcio’s Orlando-based attorney.

Curcio bought her $20 ticket on May 13, 2007. The winning numbers 28, 1, 12, 32 and 2 appeared on the ticket.

She scratched her ticket to find the number 1, which matched the one of the five winning numbers and had $500,000 printed beneath it as the payout.

When Curcio tried to redeem her ticket at the Florida Lottery’s Tallahassee offices the following day, she was told that the ticket was misprinted.

Lottery officials say they need to inspect Curcio’s ticket to determine whether it is a winning ticket — and that Curcio has not filed a winner’s claim form.

“We’re sympathetic and empathetic to a player who may feel like they won, but they haven’t followed the appropriate protocol,” Lottery spokeswoman Jacqueline Barreiros said. “We’re not in the business of withholding anything from anyone, but we do have to safeguard the integrity of the game.”

Walters said Curcio’s ticket was dismissed right away as a misprint, so there was “no point in submitting a form” but that Curcio would be glad to complete one if it meant that the agency would pay her ticket.

The Lottery website reports buyers have a 1-in-2.95 chance of winning at least $20 with a Gold Rush ticket, and a 1-in-2.5-million chance of winning $500,000.

It’s not clear how many times people with tickets that are apparent winners have been told that the tickets were misprints.

“We’ve heard of at least a few other instances of winning tickets that were presented and the Lottery claimed they were misprinted and refused to pay,” said Walters.

It’s also possible that if a winning ticket could be a misprint, so could a losing one, Walters said.

“We know that if it happens one way, it happens the other way as well,” he said.

Curcio also is seeking more than $15,000 in damages, the statutory minimum for a civil suit in circuit court. The suit was filed Wednesday in Leon County.