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I tried to buy good luck from a sketchy website for $1

It kinda worked.


Elijah Watson

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Posted on May 17, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:38 pm CDT

Luck. We all have our own definition of it. A concept that remains complex and inexplicable no matter its context. Still, many people like to think that it exists—myself included.

Recently, I came across a website called Give Dollar Get Luck, where you can “buy” some luck for a dollar. Think of it as the Internet equivalent to Homer Simpson’s “Happy Dude” scam; the sketchy page “promises to send you the highest quality, premium-well wishes” for a buck.

Yes, it’s obviously a joke, but sometimes to incite positive change in one’s life, you have to give some money to an anonymous person on the World Wide Web. We do it IRL, so why not URL?

So I paid up, and although I must admit that there was a lack of “premium-well wishes” (the only email I received thanked me for my purchase, followed by an email from PayPal informing me that a dollar had been deducted from my account), some good stuff did happen to me over the ensuing (Friday the 13th) week. 


Here’s a day-by-day recap!

Day 1 (Monday)

5pm: I purchased some luck for a buck and, well, fuck. No luck.

Day 2 (Tuesday)


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8:30pm: A bar and a Trader Joe’s Wine Shop accepted my really crappy Texas ID. Like, look at this thing. Yes, there’s actual pieces of tape holding it together.

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Day 3 (Wednesday)

11pm: Nothing today. But whatever—I still met Lil Mayo.

Day 4 (Thursday)

6:45pm: I managed to negotiate the price of a bike from $300 down to $260. Shouts out to Bobby!

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Day 5 (Friday)

1:30am: Finessed my friend and I into a party we had no business being at. However, I did rip my pants and pulled a hamstring doing splits at said party, so my Friday the 13th wasn’t without some misfortune.

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Day 6 (Saturday)

3am: Nothing today. Maybe this luck stuff is beginning to wear off. Also, pulling a hamstring fucking sucks.

Day 7 (Sunday)

12am: Nothing today, either. 

But overall I got a lot of good out of this week. Maybe offering a dollar to this random website actually increased my luck. Maybe not. As the site states, “perhaps luck is just a state of mind. Maybe you’ll take this as an opportunity to shift your mentality and start thinking positively, and then positive things will start happening to you.” 

Luck is a mystical force that we will probably never understand, but it’s just nice to believe in sometimes, especially when you could use a little push to make some changes in your life.

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*First Published: May 17, 2016, 9:00 am CDT