Casinos pump extra oxygen onto the gaming floors during the early-morning hours to keep tired patrons from heading off to bed.
Money is sometimes left in Gideon Bibles by Christians looking to reward the next tortured soul who turns to the Good Book for solace.
A stranger who stopped to change a tire on a disabled limo was rewarded for his efforts when the vehicle's passenger, Donald Trump, paid off his mortgage.
A passing pedestrian who stops by to use a funeral home's restroom signs the visitors' book and hits the jackpot.
In 1873 a British mill engineer "broke the bank" at a Monte Carlo casino.
When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, no one was injured because every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that evening.
A lucky bargain hunter became a millionaire after finding an original print of the Declaration of Independence in the frame of an old painting.
A policeman promised a waitress half the winnings from his lottery ticket; all the numbers came up, and he kept his word by sharing the jackpot with her.
A husband and wife each won a lottery by playing numbers recommended by a fortune cookie.
A man committed suicide because he mistakenly believed his lotto numbers had come up the one week he didn't play them.
An unkempt, filthy, shoeless bum turned a
Man buys old motorcycle, then discovers it was once owned by Elvis Presley.*
A contestant on the game show Press Your Luck racked up an amazing series of wins by memorizing the patterns of the prize board's sequence of lights.*
A woman killed her husband over his bidding and play of a bridge hand.
Tourists who have taken rocks from Hawaiian beaches have returned them in hopes of ending streaks of bad luck.
Burying a statuette of St. Joseph will help speed the sale of a property.
Lottery winner is run over by a truck and killed hours after his win.
Same woman originally scheduled to be part of the 1986 Challenger shuttle crew was also bumped off the ill-fated Columbia mission in 2003.
Friday the 13th is a day fraught with peril.
Numbers recommended by a fortune cookie resulted in a lottery win.
Video poker player who was dealt a royal flush lost his jackpot because he failed to mark all the cards as held before pushing the "Deal" button.
Soon after winning the largest ever Megabucks jackpot, the new multi-millionaire died a violent death.
Nick "the Greek" Dandalos had an unusual way of introducing
A discussion of the history and various types of chain letters.
Playing card superstitions.
A wealthy woman left her entire estate to a man she had known for only four hours.
Woman wins lottery twice after dreaming about the winning combination.
Rock purchased for $10 proves to be a valuable star sapphire.
Luck and ill-luck attributed to a variety of gems.
Donald Trump left a Buffalo Club waiter a $10,000 tip.
After being tricked into believing he's won the lottery, a fellow makes startling admissions prior to walking out on those closest to him.
Green is an unlucky color for an automobile.*
Inadequately safeguarded winning lottery ticket is lost, either through being treated carelessly, or by being passed around in a bar.
Kit Kat chocolate bars bring luck to Japanese students during exams.
Breaking a mirror brings one seven years of bad luck.
Rain that falls during a
Peanuts in the shell unlucky at auto racing events.*
The impossible-to-win bet: Eat a quail a day for
Voided lottery ticket would have won
Bananas on a fishing boat are unlucky.
Good fortune, a big break, hidden treasure, easy money — we create a great many tales expressing our optimistic fantasies that these things may come our way at any moment. Although sometimes they do, we also have to be wary that Lady Luck is a capricious spirit, and stunning reversals of fortune are just as possible.