NEW: Providence Named One of the “Luckiest” Places in America
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Pretty damned lucky, and now there's a study to prove it.
Men's Health has named Providence the #40 most lucky town in the US in its brand-new "America's 100 Luckiest Towns" ranking, released today.
Men's Health has created a four-leaf-clover of calculus to come up with a place's luck: the most lottery and sweepstake winners, the most hole-in-ones on the golf course, the fewest lightning strikes, the least deaths from falling objects, and the lowest debt due to playing the lottery and race betting.
"Luck is basically our modern world's magic," said David Zinczenko, editor in chief of the magazine. "People need to believe in luck because it allows them to give a name to the randomness of life, and when you name something, you have more power over it."
The magazine named San Diego, CA, the country's luckiest town based on prize-winning stats on multiple jackpot winners, low lightning strike count and few lightning-related injuries and death, according to Zinczenko. Behind it came Baltimore, MD, Phoenix, AZ, Wilmington, DE, and Richmond, VA (for the entire list of the the luckiest towns, go here).
Luckiest in New England
Providence's #40 ranking was in fact the highest ranking of New England city or town. Manchester, NH came in at #53, Portland, ME at #63, Boston at #82, Burlington, VT at #87, and Bridgeport, CT in the unluckiest bracket at #93.