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One in five Brits consider themselves unlucky, according to research

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One in five Brits consider themselves unlucky, according to research. A poll, of 2,000 adults, found an unfortunate quarter have stood in dog poo, while 24 percent have spilled food down a clean set of clothes, and 22 percent always get stuck at red lights.

Being splashed by a car going through a puddle, losing competitions, and missing a parcel delivery are other things that make people feel unlucky. A handful (five percent) even blame bad luck for missing their stop on public transport, after falling asleep.

And while 26 percent have never been pooed on by a bird – 37 percent would be delighted for this to happen, if it means good luck will follow.

However, 45 percent don’t believe the phrase “bad luck comes in threes” – with the average adult experiencing a whopping 543 unfortunate events each year. And a third have been unlucky in the last week alone.

A spokesman for, which commissioned the study to mark the launch of Europe’s latest lotto game, EuroDreams, said: “It’s surprising to see so many people in the UK consider themselves unlucky.

“Although we’re a very pragmatic nation by nature, there certainly seems to be a fair amount of superstition still in us – especially when it comes to things like breaking mirrors, stepping over grates, or walking under ladders.

“Perhaps the most surprising is the sheer number of people hoping to be targeted by bird droppings in order to increase their luck. We certainly wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”

The research also found 41 percent believe a person makes their own luck – with breaking a mirror, walking under a ladder, and opening an umbrella inside, seen as the top things that can lead to misfortunes.

These are closely followed by the old wives’ tales of putting shoes on a table, Friday 13th, and crossing on the stairs.

On the flip side, finding a penny or a four-leaf clover are seen as bringing good luck – with being born in a leap year also making the list. And one in 10 believe they experience more luck during a leap year, according to the stats, from OnePoll.

The spokesman for added: “It’s interesting to see the leap year is still a lucky omen for so many. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for jackpot winners this February 29.

“And for those people who believe the leap year brings good luck all year round, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for good things in 2024.”

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