Richmond rounds out top five as 'luckiest' city

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When you think of Richmond, you may think of the history or monuments, but many never believe it's one of the luckiest cities in the nation.

According to a recent article in Men's Health, it is. Whether it's the luck of the draw or pure skill, people were surprised to find out Richmond ranked top five as one of the luckiest cities in the U.S.

"It's kind of surprising but when you think of the final four run last year, I guess it makes sense," said VCU student, Ryan Murphy.

So how does  skill on the court, on the green or in the casino tie in with chance? A Men's Health article put  this way. Luck is: The most lottery winners, most holes-in-one on the golf course, fewest lightning strikes and deaths from falling objects, and least money lost on lottery tickets and race betting. But VCU Statistics Associate Professor, Darcy Mays put it all in perspective.

"It's very easy to become lucky by just not playing because you just won't lose," said Professor Mays. "So if that's one of the criteria they're using, then you will need to know how many people are playing the lottery."

He says if people aren't spending as much money on the lottery, then losses will be minimal. In Richmond, he'd have to look at the study to see if that could even determine the likelihood of winning in town. Some people think the city could be on a list of its own.

"I don't know about lucky, but I've always thought Richmond is a strange and interesting place, said Steve Dukes, who has never won the lottery. "It's almost like there is a lot of magic. Very unusual."

It's hard to tell if luck is tied into unusual or quirky, Professor Mays sure hopes luck is on his side.

"I'm getting ready to buy a lottery ticket now," said Professor Mays.

The top city on that list is San Diego, followed by Baltimore, Phoenix, and Wilmington, Delaware.

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