The luck of the draw
Some people seem to be “born lucky” everything always goes well for them, some others have “beginners luck (beginner’s luck)”, others just seem to be “down on their luck” and there are even some who hope that with any luck things will be OK
Luck is a word that is used a lot in everyday English language.
The English expression the luck of the draw comes from the word to make or hold a draw. Draw in this sense means to take a paper, ball etc from a container holding many other papers or balls etc.
An example could be:
- To select the 10 students who could interview Justin Bieber all the students had to write their names on a piece of paper. The papers were then put into a special box. On the day of the draw 10 young children put their hands into the box to draw (take) one paper, the ten pieces of paper had the names of the lucky 10 students who were going to interview Justin Bieber.
- For the Spanish Christmas lottery 85,000 small balls with all the lottery numbers are put into a giant ball and all the different types of prizes are put into another big ball. One ball is taken from each giant ball: for example the small ball with the number 73,210 is taken from one giant ball and a ball with 100,000 euros on it is drawn from the other ball.
Of course it is very difficult for your number to be drawn with the top prize of 3 million euros, but if your number is drawn then you are extremely lucky. There is one chance in 85,000 that your number comes out.
The expression The luck of the draw is used in other situations where something happens by chance.