Almost half the nation believe in fate – but women are more convinced everything happens for a reason, according to a study.

Researchers who polled 2,000 UK adults found 55 per cent of females believe in fate compared to 40 per cent of males.

And more of those living in the West Midlands think their lives have been predetermined than any other region – in contrast, London is home to highest proportion of ‘non-believers’.

Commissioned by Lottoland, the research also found three in 10 think fate has conspired against them in some way.

But for those relying on destiny to determine their fortune in life, there might be a huge opportunity missed on winning one of the biggest jackpots in history.

This week, one lucky person could be in line to claim a massive £739 million prize after Lottoland announced its biggest ever MegaMillions jackpot.

Nigel Birrell, CEO at Lottoland, said: “It’s surprising that so many people believe in destiny.

“Whilst some of us may think outcomes in life are pre-determined, if you don’t take a chance you will never know how things might have turned out – whether you are looking for love or taking a punt with Lottoland on a MegaMillions win.

“Jackpots like this don’t come around very often and people all over the world are getting excited about the big draw.

“The chance to win £739 million is incredible – whether it’s destined in the stars or not, you have to take a chance to be in with winning.”

The research also identified the top three careers Brits would have now – if fate had been kinder – including being a best-selling author, being an entrepreneur and being an actor.

Other jobs they would have now include being a singer or songwriter, a professional footballer and a TV presenter.

Carried out through OnePoll, the survey found a fifth believe half the events to have happened during their lives to date were ‘meant to happen.’

Further to this, a third think their entire career path has been predetermined and six in 10 reckon their love life is mapped out.

Similarly, 24 per cent believe they were destined to have the amount of the money they have now – whether it be a lot or a little.

Nigel Birrell added: “Whilst it’s important to live our lives responsibly and take care over the decisions we make, it’s just as vital to take a leap of faith sometimes and believe in the fact that fortune can, and does, favour the bold in life too.”

The US lottery is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday at approximately 4am GMT – for further information visit: www.lottoland.co.uk.

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