A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
"one who practices voodoo," 1870, American English, probably an alteration of voodoo. Meaning "something that causes or brings bad luck" is attested from 1880.
A person or thing that brings bad luck; jinx: A mascot and a hoodoo, meaning one who brings ill fortune, are terms invented in the theater
[1882+; said to be an alteration of voodoo]