Feeling Lucky? The Most Frequent Winning Lottery Numbers
Although we don’t necessarily advocate spending your money on lottery tickets there is something fascinating about the odds, dumb luck, and magic that can occur to grant someone a windfall of their dreams.
We found an interesting article in a Baton Rouge newspaper about the frequency of certain winning numbers in Powerball, a national lottery that recently awarded a $579.9 million jackpot, the largest in history.
However, the odds of winning a jackpot like that are something like 1 in 146 million. Million. The odds are better that you find a beluga whale in your swimming pool.
But do certain numbers win more?
A statistics professor, Dr. Min Su Kim, at Southern University, did a little examination going back ten years to see just what numbers turn up the most in past winners.
The Powerball drawing consists of five white balls and one red Powerball. Dr. Kim found that the most frequently drawn Powerball number for the past ten years is 20, followed by 37, 2, 31, and 35.
The white balls were also examined with the most popular number being 42, followed by 16, 35, 26, and 19.
“If you pick these numbers, there’s probably more probability to win the grand prize,” Dr. Kim says.
Now, does this mean you should grab your savings and play just these numbers? Probably not as every number has an equal chance of being drawn.
But there are those who win more than once that might say otherwise.
Maybe they’re just lucky that way.
on Jan 24th, 2013
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