Here at the Ohio Lottery we’re all about the numbers. Can you say paraskevidekatriaphobia? Paraskevi means Friday, dekatreeis means thirteen. Oh, never mind, just say fear of Friday the 13th. Yes, today is Friday, May 13, 2016.
So how did we get here? The superstition around fear of the number 13 or triskaidekaphobia dates back to Biblical origins. Some say it was the day Eve bit the apple and the day of the great flood. Have you ever seen a 13th floor in a tall building? Some builders eliminated calling it the 13th floor. Most of the time a 13th floor is missing or it is renamed. President Roosevelt refused to travel on Friday the 13th.
Last year there were three Friday the 13ths, in February, March and November. The good news is this is the first and the last Friday 13th for 2016! It might just be your lucky day.
Don’t be scared! Give tonight’s Mega Millions a try. The jackpot is $161 million!