# What are the odds of finding a four-leaf clover?

A few years ago I was walking up the sidewalk to my parents’ house, and there was one clover growing out of a sidewalk crack. That one clover just happened to be a four-leaf clover! Since then I always look at batches of four-leaf clovers trying to find one. I haven’t found one since then.

George J. Kaminski single-handedly collected 72,927 four-leaf clovers from the fields within prison grounds in Pennsylvania, USA.

So finding one shouldn’t be too hard, right? The odds are 10,000 to 1. Wow. 10,000 is such a hard number to understand. Here’s some other odds that are around 10,000:

11,500 to 1: Odds of bowling a 300 game

11,500 to 1: Odds of winning an Academy Award

11,000 to 1: Odds of a person in the military winning the Medal of Honor

10,000 to 1: Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try

5,000 to 1: Odds of getting a hole in one

5,000 to 1: Chance that Earth will experience a catastrophic collision with an asteroid in the next 100 years

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14 years ago

I’ve only ever found 1 4-leaf clover when I was actively looking for one. I’ve never just stumbled upon one or spied one from above. I like that I have a better chance of wining an Olympic medal than of drowning in the bathtub. I wonder if an Olympic swimmer has ever drowned in a bathtub

terry james
13 years ago

i have found abot 15 or 16 five leaf clovers and abought 200 or 300 four leaf clovers. I have a 6, and a 7 leaf i have allways been able to find them . maybe i need to play the lottery

thomas sonnier
13 years ago

on april 3,2010 in my back i found three four leaf clover.all three were right next to each other.then about two hours later i found another by it self. then today i found one more.what are the odds to finding five in the same patch, pretty close to each other?

heather phaneuf
13 years ago

My gradmother and i can find four leaf clovers by the handful with very little effort. we have a compition every year. who can find the first, biggest, and smallest. we both have many 5,6,7 and 8 leaf clovers as well. I have found as many as 30 in one patch at many different places. once you have found a couple they tend to pop up at you, making them easy to find. has for them being lucky im still not sure. although my family and I are working and healthy so thats luck enough.

Jam3s
13 years ago

My sister so far has found 1,362 4 leaf clovers in our back yard since 2006. She has 12-Five leaf clovers 22-7 leaf clovers and 8-8 leaf clovers, a friend of mine has a 1-9 leaf clover in a frame that she found in maine.

13 years ago

I thin it’s always fun just looking for them, it’s bonus sweetness when you actually find one.. It’s like awesome….

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