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An extra day means an extra chance to win millions!
It’s a Leap Year – what will you do with the extra day? Well, considering that the 29th fall on a Saturday, there are eight international lotto draws taking place!
That’s eight extra chances of becoming an instant millionaire right here at PlayUSALotteries.com!
Lottery draws taking place on Saturday, February 29th are:
Why is there an extra day?
Well, other than add a lucrative lottery jackpot to win, leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun.
One solar year (which is, the amount of time it takes our planet to accomplish one full rotation around the sun) takes roughly 365.242189 days - or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds to circle once around the Sun. Those extra five-or-so hours are precisely why we have leap years.
Without an extra day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year.
If you think about it, without a Leap day, after 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.
Here are nine reasons Leap Day is even more special than you think:
Ladies! 2020 is a Leap Year!
One of the most popular Leap Year traditions is that women tend to propose to a man on February 29th.
Although you may have thought it was a myth, according to the old Irish tradition, the leap year is the perfect chance for a woman to take matters into her own hands and propose to her suitor.
Leap year birthdays
Imagine celebrating your birthday every four years? While this may suit the older crowd, it won’t be popular at all for the younger generation.
Those born on a leap day are called "leaplings" or "leapers." While not celebrating your birthday is downright impossible, most leaplings celebrate their birthdays either on February 28 or March 1 on non-leap years. Either they simply pick a day or lean towards the day closer to the time of birth.
For seasoned lottery players who like to know the odds of everything, the chances of having a leap birthday are one in 1,461.
1 in 3 billion
While knowing someone who was born on February 29th is pretty slim, according to Guinness World Records, the only verified family producing three consecutive generations born on Leap Day are the Keogh family.
Peter Anthony Keogh was born in Ireland in 1940. His son, Peter Eric, was born in the U.K. on leap day in 1964, and his granddaughter Bethany Wealth was born in the U.K. in 1996.
From left, Bethany Wealth, 19, Peter Keogh, 75, and Eric Keogh, 51
But what about dying on Leap Day?
In the 1800s, British-born James Milne Wilson was born on a leap day and died on a leap day. He died on February 29th, 1880, aged 68.
Leap year capital
The two cities of Anthony, Texas and Anthony, New Mexico are just each side of the Texas/New Mexico state line and only half a mile apart. They both claim to be the Leap Year Capital of the World and have a four day Leap Year Festival every leap year and they also hold a huge birthday party for all babies born on the 29th of February.
If you were a leap year baby, you share a birthday with a few famous people born on a leap year which includes motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper-actor Ja Rule, jazz musician Jimmy Dorsey, actors Dennis Farina and Antonio Sabato Junior and composer Gioacchino Rossini.
Leap Year club
Believe it or not, there is a leap year club called ‘The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies’ which is specifically for people born on the 29th of February and it has more than 10,000 members worldwide.
Leap Year movie
There is also a 2010 movie out there called ‘Leap Year’ starring Matthew Goode and Amy Adams. It’s a romantic comedy about a woman who goes to Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend because on a leap year, it is traditional in Ireland that men can’t refuse a woman who asks him to accept her marriage proposal.
Swedes and Hobbits celebrate February 30th
There was once a February the 30th which occurred one time in Finland and Sweden back in the year 1712. An extra leap year day was added to February which allowed them to catch up their outdated Julian calendar to the new Gregorian calendar. The author J.R.R. Tolkien decided that his Lord of the Rings realm would observe thirty-day months every year which included ‘Solmath’ which was the second month of the ‘Shire’ calendar (February).
Leap years in history
Historical events that happened on leap years were that in 1848 they discovered gold in California which caused the gold rush. In 1752 it was proved by Benjamin Franklin that lightning is made of electricity and in 1876 George Armstrong Custer badly underestimated his enemy during the Battle of the Little BigHorn.
Leap Day cocktail
To celebrate winning the lottery on Saturday, 29 February 2020, you can celebrate sipping on an official Leap Day cocktail. It is the colourful cousin of the martini and was invented by bartender Harry Craddock at London’s Savoy Hotel.
Leap Day cocktail recipe:
1 dash lemon juice
1/6 Grand Marnier
1/6 sweet vermouth
Shake, serve, garnish with a lemon peel, and enjoy!
Is February 29th good luck or bad luck?
The superstition that Leap Days are particularly lucky or unlucky has been debated for as long as we can remember and taking everything into consideration, there is still no clear winner.
While prisoners won’t be happy about the idea of spending an extra day added to their one-year sentence and neither will fixed annual salary workers; no extra pay for that extra day, you will get one extra day on your monthly rent.
And let us not forget all those incredible lottery jackpots just waiting to be won on Saturday!
Will February 29th, 2020 be your lucky day? You’ll just have to make sure you play the lottery online!