Punters hoping to get lucky during Grand National week could do worse than asking for a tip from a friend called David or Kate, according to a study.
The findings, commissioned by casino review website Casingdom.com, show that people consider those called David and Katie to top the luck charts, although they’re closely followed by Sarah, John, Victoria, Richard and Jane, who could also prove profitable during the big race on April 8.
The survey also asked 2,000 adults why they feel some people are luckier than others, and what the telltale signs are – with being positive, believing in luck and getting over setbacks being key factors in making your own luck.
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Richard Gargan, spokesperson at Casingdom.com, said: “‘There certainly seem to be some people in Britain who are considered luckier than others, and I’m glad to see my own name high on the list.
“Luck can manifest itself in different ways, but a key factor is being positive and being in the right place at the right time.
"It seems the general consensus is that those of us named Kate or David notice more opportunities and ensure they listen to their intuition to maximise their chances of having lucky days.
“Whatever your name, the team here at Casingdom.com wishes everyone the best of luck during Grand National week.”
The survey, conducted by Opinium, also found the top five signs which respondents believe make you the luckiest.
Top of the list was the belief that having a positive attitude will make good things happen, closely followed by a knack of being in the right place at the right time.
Tellingly, more people believe that lucky people create their own luck (36%) rather than are born with it (20%).
And according to the research, London is the luckiest city in the UK, with Glasgow’s residents believing they have the worst luck.
Top five signs of luckiness
- Being positive
- Knack of being in the right place at the right time
- Creating and noticing chance opportunities
- Make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition
- Ability to adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good