ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – With apologies to Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, this Saturday you’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?”
Lots of people do, for one simple reason. Saturday will be July 7, 2007, or 7-7-07. In numerological terms, that’s about as big as it gets for the superstitious.
People are booking gambling junkets, casinos are offering “7”-themed promotions, and about three times the normal number of couples plan to get married that day, including Eva Longoria and basketball player boyfriend Tony Parker.
Nearly 100 couples will tie the knot atop roller coasters or inside revolving teacups at amusement parks at 7 that morning, a California yogi plans to achieve massive harmony through gong meditation at 7 that night, and Christians will gather in a Tennessee football stadium to pray on a day that has good Biblical implications for many.
Experts are quick to point out that Saturday is no more or less likely to be lucky than any other day.
Casinos across the country are rolling heavy doses of sevens to attract superstitious gamblers, everything from $7 drink specials to luxury watches selling for $777. The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is offering a $7,777 package that includes a bi-level suite, two tickets to a show and the spa, and dining and shopping credits.
Gambles of a different sort will take couples down the aisle. Kathleen Murray, deputy editor of The Knot (www.theknot.com) said 38,000 of the company’s members are getting married that day, up from the normal 12,000 for a Saturday in July.
Christians will gather in the Nashville football stadium where the Tennessee Titans play to pray and fast on the 7th.
Not everyone is greeting the date with enthusiasm. July 7 is the second anniversary of the London terrorist bombings that killed 52 people.