May the odds be ever in your favor means “I wish/hope that you have the best chances of winning, not just now, but always.
The phrase actually comes from a group of books and series called “The Hunger Games” and was originally used to wish good luck in simple terms to the participants and the bettors betting on them.
To understand it properly, let’s divide the sentence into individual words.
May– Here, it is to express the desire or wish.
The Odds– Here it means what are the chances of occurrence of an event. For ex- In Infinity War Doctor Strange looked at 14,000,605 possible outcomes for the future and the odds of winning were only 1.
Ever– means always here.
Favor– means to your advantage. Its Favor in American and Favour in British English.
Origin Of May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
The Catchphrase first emerged in 2008 in a novel called “The Hunger Games“.
After it also popped up in a movie inspired by the novel around 2012.
A scene of the movie was uploaded to youtube portraying Elisabeth Banks as Effie Trinket using the phrase “may the odds be ever in your favor”. It got reshared by smilecloseup on August 31th, 2012.
Spread And Usage
How Did May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor Catchphrase Spread?
It seems an internet subculture has been created by the fans of the series. The phrase is often used to convey good luck as a more dramatic alternative.
Reddit and Tumblr are a few other platforms where the phrase is published as memes. The images and discussion surrounding the phase are present till the present date.