Those playing lottery may be looking for some tricks to increase their odds — however, with games of luck, this is not really an option.
The United States has several lotteries and sweepstakes, with Powerball and Mega Millions being the most attractive, as they usually accumulate huge rollover cash prizes… the most recent jackpot reaching over a billion.
In both lotteries, players must choose six numbers. In the case of Powerball, there are five numbers between 1 and 69 and another number between 1 and 26, which is the Powerball. Meanwhile across in the land of Mega Millions, five numbers are chosen between 1 and 70 and another number between 1 and 25, that being the Mega Ball.
What are the odds of winning?
For Powerball, the odds of winning the jackpot are said to be 1 in over 292 million. In Mega Millions, players have a 1 in over 302 million chance of hitting the jackpot numbers.
Let’s be honest and say that these odds are terrible.
You are far more likely to be struck by lightning (less than 1 in 1,000,000) or be bitten by a shark (1 in 3,748,067). If one thinks, “wow, I don’t think either of those is a possibility for me,” you may as well apply that same logic to lottery games like Mega Millions.
Are there numbers that appear more frequently within these highly competitive games of sheer luck? Sort of, but placing bets on them is not going to increase your odds basically at all.
What are the most frequently selected numbers?
According to Lotto Numbers, the Mega Millions numbers that have appeared in the most draws since the start of the lottery are: 31, 17, 4, 20 and 10; while the most drawn Mega Ball number is 10. The least common numbers in recent years have been: 51, 49, 35, 55 and 5. The Mega Ball that has drawn the least is 7.
As for Powerball, the numbers that have appeared the most are: 39, 32, 41, 23 and 22. On the other hand, the Powerball that has appeared the most times is 18. The numbers that have come out the least are: 60, 66, 65, 68 and 67; while the Powerball that has come out the least in recent years is 23.