Luciano: Extra-lucky Illinois woman finds six-leaf clover

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MORTON — Since childhood, Karen Martos kept trying to find a four-leaf clover.

Monday, the 60-year-old finally came across what she’d been looking for — and then some. Beating long odds, she discovered a six-leaf clover.

"You know how they say that a four-leaf clover brings good luck? Well, what does a six-leaf clover bring?" she asked with a chuckle. "Does it go backward?"

Actually, according to clover lore, more leaves mean more bonuses. According to the Tri-County Times of Fenton, Mich., which dug into clover history in 2018, the four clover leaves each represent faith, hope, love and luck. A fifth leaf represents money, while a sixth spells longevity.

Where did this foliage folklore get its start? That’s unclear, though Druids in early Ireland carried four-leaf clovers to ward off bad luck.

Further, in 2008, when reporting on an Alaska man who had collected a world-record 160,000 four-leaf clovers, the Chicago Tribune said that the tradition has been in literature for at least a few hundred years. In 1620, the English writer Sir John Melton wrote, "If a man walking in the fields finds any four-leaved grass, he shall, in a small while after, find some good thing."

The odds of locating such a four-leaf find are (depending on the source) as high as one in 10,000. After that, the odds skyrocket regarding the discovery of a clover with more leaves. In 2015, a woman in Sperry, Iowa found a five-leaf clover, a feat the Iowa Hawkeye called one in a million.

But six leaves? I could find no estimate on such a possibility. Whatever the odds, Martos beat them in Morton on Monday.

Finally.

As a girl in South Peoria, she and her friends often would collect clover to make bracelets and necklaces. She would search and search for the four-leaf variety, but always came up empty.

For decades afterward, her quest continued. Whenever crossing a yard or field, she’d automatically scan the ground for the elusive, four-leaf treasure.

Monday morning, as always, she took her chihuahuas, Daisy and Maverick, into her backyard. They didn’t help with the hunt; they were busy doing their business.

But Martos, as always, ran her eyes over the lawn, pausing at a patch of clover.

"I spotted something unusual," she said.

She thought it might be a four-leaf clover.

Wrong.

Six leaves.

Martos dashed inside, told her husband and put the clover in a safe place.

"She" —clover are female? — "is now residing in my Bible, to be pressed," Martos said.

She says the six-leaf clover already has brought good fortune, simply by ending her six-decade search. As a bonus, the discovery occurred during an unusually difficult year.

"It’s nice to get some good news for a change," she said.

PHIL LUCIANO is a Journal Star columnist. He can be reached at pluciano@pjstar.com, facebook.com/philluciano and (309) 686-3155. Follow him on Twitter.com/LucianoPhil.

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August 3, 2020 at 05:39PM

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