Ifthere was ever a time to place a bet in a Powerball drawing offered by theMaine Lottery, now might be it for an 8-year-old Raymond boy and his family.
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ChaseStreet, a third-grader at Raymond Elementary School, beat the odds of 20,000 to1 a few weeks ago and discovered a five-leaf clover outside his house. Hisquest to find a four- or five-leaf clover began in June when his mother, KarlieRouzer, showed him a story in The Windham Eagle about a Windham Public Worksdriver, Dave Rampino, who found four four-leaf clovers and a five-leaf clover ina patch outside his workplace.
Hismother said that Chase is an inquisitive student and is curious about all kindsof things, including clover, which grows naturally throughout Maine.
“Chaseis always eager to explore,” Rouzer said. “He likes gardening, hiking andfinding things. We went on vacation this summer to Sturdivant Island and hefound what looks like a fossil in a rock there.”
Forthe past few months he’s searched the grounds at his school and in nearbyfields to try and find a four-leaf clover, but actually he should have beenchecking a little closer to home.
“Itwas in the late afternoon on a weekend earlier this month and I was looking ina patch of rocks and well-shaped clover at home,” Chase said. “I jumped overthe porch into the patch to talk to my Daddy when I looked down and saw it. Atfirst, I thought it was a four-leaf clover, but it was really a five-leafclover instead.”
Heshowed the lucky clover to his mother, his father Chris Street, and hisbrother, Aiden Street, 12, and they were all thrilled with his extraordinary discovery.
“Mymother looked it up and found that the odds of finding a four-leaf clover areabout 10,000 to 1 and that the odds of finding a five-leaf clover are about 20,000to 1,” Chase said. “My brother told me if the odds are 20,000 to 1, then weprobably have three five-leaf clovers still out there.”
AsChase wondered what to do with his lucky discovery, his mother posted about hisfind on Facebook’s Windham Community Board and she was hoping to find someonewho could encapsulate the clover as a keepsake for her son.
“Whenno one came forward to do that, we decided to just go ahead with a moretraditional method and press it in a book,” Rouzer said.
Shesaid Chase isn’t stopping with finding a lone five-leaf clover and he continuesto search everywhere he goes to uncover others.
“Hetold me ‘Mommy I want to find more’ and I just think it’s really cool that thishas fueled his interest in it and it’s grown even more over the summer,” shesaid.
Accordingto legend passed down over time, the four-leaf clover is an extremely rarevariation of the three-leaf clover and is thought to bring good luck to thosewho find one.
Bytradition, each leaf of the four- and five-leaf clovers are thought to be symbolic,standing for faith, hope, love and luck and in the case of the five-leafclover, wealth. It’s said that St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, usedthe three leaves of an Irish clover, also known as a shamrock, to explain the separationof God with the Holy Trinity, with one leaf for the Father, another for the Sonand and the third for the Holy Spirit.
The Irish also believe that those who discover a five-leafclover will actually enjoy more luck and financialsuccess than those who find a four-leaf clover because it is much rarer innature.
Superstition claims lucky clovers are included in the Bible andwhen Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, Eve took with her afour-leaf clover to remind her of what it was like in paradise.
Accordingto Chase, he mentioned his discovery to several friends from school, but isn’tsure what many of his classmates will think about his find.
Alongwith looking for four- and five-leaf clovers, Chase says he collects rocks andwants to someday become a geologist or an archeologist.
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