Nothing is black and white. The world is full of colour and so too is the lottery. Lucky colours can inspire just as much as lucky charms, numbers or dates, and many lottery players like to use their favourite colours to help them choose which lottery to play or which lucky lotto numbers to choose.
Whether it’s the shade of a lotto ball or the start of a raffle code, colours are everywhere in lottery draws, and it is possible to try and work out which ones are the luckiest.
People also just get drawn to a particular colour and it’s these colours that influence our decisions and our perception of the surrounding world? What is the meaning of colours in terms of how they impact our lives?
We register 2,000 different shades and colours which are visible to the naked eye. According to research, up to 87% of all impressions are influenced by colours and taking all this into consideration, it’s no wonder that the existence of so many colours have a significance in our daily lives. After all, if they didn’t affect us in any way, it would be such a waste.
It’s therefore for this reason that our minds are inherently programmed to respond to colour. They shape our thoughts and emotions. According to numerous studies, colour affects more than just mood – it has the ability to change our buying habits. Colour can invoke as much as an 80 per cent change in motivation when it comes to purchasing something online and offline.
While perceptions of colour are somewhat subjective, some colour effects have universal meaning. Here are some examples of how different colours are perceived:
The colour white is the universal colour of peace and purity. This is why we find it in most website backgrounds, logos, reversed text and negative space. White also makes up sub-consciously think of cleanliness, innocence, refined, sterile, simplicity, surrender and truth.
The colour white reflects everything and is considered to be the colour of perfection, symbolizing morality and high ideals. It usually binds only with positives. For example, it can represent a successful beginning, as in to start with a blank page.
Personality Type: You are a sincere, self-confident and balanced person. You prefer to rely on yourself rather than to lean on others. People who enjoy the colour white tend to be strong and self-sufficient.
Yellow can have conflicting messages. Being bright and highly visible, it’s often used in logo design to get attention, create happiness and warmth. While on one hand, it makes us feel cheerful, playful, positive it can also make us feel caution and cowardly.
Personality Type: Yellow is the colour of natural, purposeful and energetic people with a certain amount of eccentricity.
Combine red and yellow and you get orange. We also find orange in logos to create playfulness, stimulate emotions or even appetites. Other feelings are affordability, creativity, enthusiasm, fun, jovial, light-heartedness, high-spirited and youthful.
Personality Type: Orange colour is associated with innovative types of people with lofty goals and ambitions who like to try something new.
Red is an intense colour that can summon strong emotions from blood and warfare to love and passion. This colour is used often to grip the viewer’s attention and has been known to raise one’s blood pressure or make people hungry. Other emotions evoked are: action, adventure, aggression, danger, drive, energy, excitement, love and strength. No surprise, then, that the latest Ferrari 488 GTB comes in a deep pure colour red. This should increase your heartbeat and spur you into action – assuming you play this week’s Mega Millions jackpot and win of course!
Personality Type: Red is the favourite colour of energetic and creative people. These people have a zest for life and make perfect lottery jackpot winners
Pink is a feminine colour that conjures feelings of innocence and delicateness. It’s often used to add a feminine flair such as floral, gratitude and romance. Due to the fact that pink is a shade of red, it also affects our psyche, though it has more calming effects than stimulating red. Pink is a colour with strong psychological influence and represents the colour of friendship and compassion and it symbolizes care and relieves pain. Too much pink can prove to be physically exhausting and can also be associated with weakness. Pink is cosy, intimate, intriguing, and even a little sentimental. Psychologically this colour is a sign of hope and dreams, working inspirationally and positively.
Personality Type: A romantic and sensitive soul, you love everything beautiful and have a great feeling for aesthetics. You like the attention of other people and you want to be desired, but sometimes you are impractical and you can be too trusting.
Purple implies royalty, mystery, spirituality and sophistication. As a combination of red and blue, it has both warm and cool properties. This colour is found in many luxury products as it has always been used by wealthy people, kings and rulers to demonstrate their power. It’s also the colour of mysticism and magic.
Personality Type: You probably spend a lot of time lost in day-dreams, you are creative and innovative, but you are also keen and passionate. Purple people are inclined to be rather introverted as a rule.
Blue is a calming colour that can stir up images of authority, success and security. Most people can say they like at least one shade of blue. Lighter and paler shades will soothe the mind and improve our concentration. Blue is a symbol of direct and clear communication. It’s no wonder that it’s used so often in the banking and medical industry.
Personality Type: Blue is mostly the favourite colour of romantic souls whose beliefs are founded on family bonds and spiritual awareness. A ‘blue’ a person can be slightly conservative, but on the other hand reliable and trustworthy.
Green is, of course, the colour of nature and health, symbolising harmony, freshness and fertility. The colour green is connected with feelings of security and is said to have medicinal and calming properties. One possible explanation for this may be that the human eye easily perceives the colour green. Dark green is associated with money, banks, and finance, with even darker shades associated with military force.
According to the psychology of colours, green provides a balance between the heart and the head, between emotions and reason. It is the colour of spring, growth, renewal and rebirth. Green regenerates and returns lost balance and energy and has the ability to reduce stress.
Personality Type: The green-lover is a self-indulgent person who enjoys strong emotions and courage. They also have highly developed organizational skills.
Black is associated with power, elegance, and formality, but also with death, evil and mystery. It is a mysterious colour that fuses with fear and the unknown that can symbolize menace or evil. The colour Black absorbs all others, meaning that from a psychological point of view it creates barriers because it absorbs all the energy coming to it.
Personality Type: You usually need to always disagree with something. You are strong-willed and stubborn. People who love the colour black can be quite reserved and often have an unusual hobby.
Colours and the lottery
The main numbers in the UK Lottery span from 1 to 59, and come in six different colours.
If we look at all the UK Lottery draws from 19 November 1994 to the latest draw that took place on 16 January 2019 which total 2407 in total we can see just how many times each colour ball has popped out the lotto machine. This will be able to tell us just how lucky each coloured lottery ball is.
The first thing you will notice is the fact that the purple balls which range between 50–59 are significantly lower. The reason for this is that on the 10th of October 2015, Camelot announced changes to the UK Lottery game which increased the pool of numbers from 49 to 59.
It’s not just the UK Lottery balls that come in different colours, the game also has various lotto machines, who all have their own names. The first six names are from the legend of King Arthur, drawing from the name of the UK National Lottery Operator, Camelot. These machines are Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Vyvyan, and Galahad. The other seven draw machines are named after gemstones, each of which has its own unique characteristics and symbolism.
Experts have differing opinions when it comes to the importance of colours in our lives. Many psychologists believe that the colours have an impact on subliminal senses which affect our thinking and reason. Colours also coexist with universal symbolic meanings that may differ somewhat between cultures and countries.
They also believe that colour perception is closely related to personal taste and preferences. Consequently, according to these experts, no colour can be interpreted as having universal symbolic meaning.
Some say a colour is just colour though but it’s not just esoteric thinkers who believe that colours play a vital role in our lives, successful businessmen and marketers do too and base their marketing campaigns on positive colours. Research into the subject would certainly seem to show a link between colours and what products we choose to consume.
According to some, each colour has its own vibration and this affects the psyche, moods and emotions of people. Choosing colours helps us get to know our own and other people's personality. Some colours can increase our concentration, with warm colours stimulating body and spirit, while cold colours soothe both the body and the mind.
All colours are based on the three primary colours of red, yellow and blue. Other colours, such as orange, green or purple, are formed by mixing these primary colours. In addition, there are hundreds to thousands of other colours and shades, which are called tertiary colours and which are the result of a combination of primary and secondary colours.
Black and white are in a separate category, and some scientists, psychologists and artists do not even see them as being true ‘colours’. However, within the colour spectrum, they have both an irreplaceable role and are used to mix and create new colours and shades.
Colour theory is not an exact science, and it is impossible to categorise somebody with precision based on the colours they identify with.
While people can demonstrate a number of personality traits linked to a particular colour, playing the lottery based on your favourite colour does not seem to be a good enough reason to base everything on. The main reason always comes down to jackpot size.
However, if you too, like so many online lottery players, love to play the lottery based on colour, lucky for you, most lottery brands have a few money oriented colours in their logos, for example, the colour blue, which materialises in the EuroMillions, UK Lottery, FranceLoto, USA Powerball, Oz Powerball and the Mega Millions.
When it comes to winning the lotto, this week might be YOUR turn to take home the green!
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