If a four-leaf clover brings you good luck, then what could a six-leaf clover find bring you?
Whatever the answer, Gracie Rutter – who found one in her garden this week – might be helping to pick her family’s lottery ticket today.
She was really excited as we all were. I hope it brings us a lot of good fortune
The eight-year-old found one in her garden on Glastonbury Avenue in Blackpool.
She discovered it while searching her garden with sisters Marcia, seven, Esme, three and Rosaleigh, one.
After making the surprise discovery she immediately showed it to mum Nia Rutter.
She said she was shocked by her daughter’s find, adding it was not the first special discovery Gracie had made.
She added: “We were sat in the garden and Gracie found a four-leaf clover. Then all of a sudden she found a six-leaf one.
“She was really excited as we all were. I hope it brings us a lot of good fortune.
“She was leaping off the walls and said we should put a lottery ticket on!
“We have put it in a book for safe keeping.”
According to tradition, clovers bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally.
Each leaf is supposed to represent a different quality: the first is for hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love – and the fourth is for luck.
A fifth leaf is said to stand for money, with the sixth supposed to stand for good fortune.
Nia added: “It is amazing really. My husband Jonathan had just come home from work and he was equally excited.
“We are all really happy and proud – we just hope it brings us some good luck!”
A clover leaf factfile
There are thought to be 10,000 three-leafed clovers for every four-leaved variety.
There are no clover plants that naturally produce four leaves, which is why four-leaf clovers like the one pictured (right)are so rare.
The leaves of four-leaf clovers are said to stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.
It’s often said that Ireland is home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place, giving meaning to the phrase “the luck of the Irish.”
The current world record is 21 leaves, found on a clover discovered by Japanese farmer Shigeo Obarar in 2000.
In the Middle Ages a four-leaved clover was supposed to allow the holder to see and talk to fairies
Clover is a member of the pea family and is high in protein.