Discovering Possible Lottery Winning Combinations.
There are two types of lottery combinations – those that are likely, and those that are unlikely.
So here’s how to pick those that are more likely.
OK. Scratch that.
If like most people you were happily nodding along to that ‘fact’, then you’ve probably been the victim of the lottery prediction industries’ cruel misinformation campaign.
Because there is no such thing as an unlikely combination. It just doesn’t exist.
When You Hear This, Run.
But I bet you’ve been told how certain combinations should be avoided. Because they are ‘unlikely’, or ‘will never be drawn’.
It’s obvious, right?
I mean, when was the last time that all consecutive numbers like ’10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15′ were drawn? Never, right!
The huge flaw in that argument though, is that they simply haven’t been drawn YET.
Just like MILLIONS of other sets of numbers.
Unsure? How Many ‘Unlikely’ Combinations Are There.
Put it this way. How many different combinations have ever been drawn in the lottery since the day it began?
Nobody knows that off the top of their head, of course. But if you think about how many draws there have actually been, things start to become clearer.
Most big lottery games are drawn once a week, some twice. But virtually every lottery game in the world has been running less than 60 years, most a lot less.
So let’s go over the top and guess it at 100 years of 2 draws a week.
How many draws is that? It’s just 10,400 draws.
Now compare that to the number of possible lottery winning combinations. Even for a 6 balls from 49 game, there are 13,983,816 possible results. (With a game like the US Powerball it’s over 175 Million – more than 12 times as many!)
Even if no results have ever been repeated, that still leaves 13,973,416 combinations that have never been drawn. Ever!
So does that make all of these ‘unlikely’ or ‘bad combinations’ to choose. or just the 44 sets of these that are actually consecutive.
Do ‘Unlikely Combinations’ Really Exist?
So does it mean anything at all that ’10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15′ is one of them?
No. It really doesn’t.
It makes just as much sense to say “never pick 3, 9, 28, 35, 36, 42 because that will never come up”.
There is only difference between the two sets of numbers. This combination is boring.
If it did come up, nobody would even think twice. But if ’10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15′ gets drawn, the internet would be ablaze with news stories about the weird lottery results, and how the lottery must be rigged.
So why do we feel it’s different?
Purely because our brain is hard-wired that way. We are designed by nature to see patterns in things. We’re also trained at school to see these patterns too.
“What number comes next. 2, 4, 6, _ “
See what I mean – we’re already writing the number ‘8’ before finishing reading the question.
But our brains are fooling us. Remember, the numbers in a lottery don’t really mean a darn thing. They are only there to make it easy to pick numbers and check results – what we’re really picking are ping pong balls bouncing around in a big tumbler.
The Weird Number-less Lottery Draw.
Let’s take that same lottery game, and scrub the numbers off the balls.
Instead we put a different picture on each ball. Whatever floats your boat – different cars, birds, bikes, or er, boats.
Are the balls that used to be marked ’10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15′ still less likely to be drawn? Or are they now more likely to be drawn because they are NOT consecutive numbers any longer?
Or perhaps were they are always just as likely to be the winning combination as any other set of numbers.
Real Winning Combinations
The truth is, that the real winning combos only ever happen after the draw has been made. At the time when somebody somewhere discovers that their ticket was the lucky one.It’s quite common to analyse past lottery results to discover possible lottery winning combinations – but does it really work?
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The Most Common Winning Powerball Lottery Numbers (and Other Tricks for Winning Big)
Your chances aren’t great, but they could be better. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
You want a piece of the pie. I do, too. Heck, in 2016, three lucky winners split the highest-recorded Powerball lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion. After paying Uncle Sam, each winner took home over $300 million. That’s a good day by anyone’s standards.
As the old saying goes, “You can’t win if you don’t play.” Agreed. But how do you win? Obviously, a strong stroke of luck must be ever in your favor, but is there a rhyme or reason to the way Powerball is played? According to seven-time lottery winner Richard Lustig, you need a plan of attack when you’re playing.
But before we get into the plan, make sure you know how to play the game. You have better odds of being struck by lightning than you do of winning the lottery. Nevertheless, here’s a quick rundown. Powerball uses two drums to pull those ever-so-familiar numbered balls. The first drum consists of 69 balls from which the first five winning numbers are chosen. From the second drum, 26 red balls tumble around, and only one is pulled. That’s the Powerball. If you choose the same six numbers that are pulled from the two drums, well, you just won the jackpot, and you can quit your day job.
So you didn’t win the jackpot. That’s cool. You can still win some cold hard cash with that ticket. Any matching numbers will win you anywhere from $4 to $1 million. What’s even cooler, if you choose the Powerplay option, you’ll increase those winnings by two times or more.
Now that you know the rules, how do you choose your numbers? Lottery players have their systems, and many of them like to stick with that system. Some numbers seem to be pulled more than others. Here are some of the most commonly pulled Powerball numbers and ways to increase your chances of winning big.
1. The most commonly pulled primary Powerball numbers
The top 10 most commonly pulled primary Powerball numbers are 26, 16, 41, 32, 22, 23, 28, 42, 39, and 10 as of November 2017, according to LottoNumbers. These are the numbers pulled from the first drum of white balls, and they have all been pulled over 250 times. You may want to put those in your back pocket when it comes time to choose your numbers.
2. The most common Powerball numbers
Check your Powerball number, even if you don’t win the rest. | Scott Olson/Getty Images
It’s the big number — the one you must have to win the jackpot. In descending order, LottoNumbers says the 10 most commonly pulled Powerball numbers are 6, 20, 9, 11, 2, 12, 18, 10, 26, and 1, as of November 2017. If the Powerball number on your lottery ticket matches that of the one chosen from the drum, you can win anywhere from $4 to $40.
3. What’s the deal with the Quick Picks?
You can let the computer pick for you. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Quick Pick lottery numbers are generated by the computer. Seven-time lottery winner Lustig stands beside the notion that opting for Quick Pick lottery tickets is the lazy approach to playing the game. And perhaps it is, but that doesn’t mean the Quick Picks are not winners. After all, 70% of previous winners have been Quick Picks.
4. Not a quick picker? Choose significant numbers
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When it comes to choosing your own numbers, have fun with it. But don’t forget the spread of the numbers. You have the option to choose five numbers between 1 and 69, and one number between 1 and 26. Keeping those numbers in mind, make sure you are not limiting your choices to just anniversaries and birthdays. Using those significant dates won’t always give you access to the higher end of the number options.
5. Know the overdue numbers
Some numbers should be on the verge of a win. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Some numbers are chosen more often than others, but that doesn’t mean they are never chosen. A few of the numbers that are considered to be overdue (as of November 2017) for the pulling are 46, 2, 5, 40, 33, 11, 47, 36, 9, and 60. If your favorite numbers are some of the overdue ones, this does not necessarily mean you should switch them up.
6. Don’t shy away from unpopular numbers
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For some reason, we all have our lucky numbers. Some of those lucky numbers would be considered unpopular in the lottery game. For instance, 13 is unpopular and often considered unlucky too, but I love that number. Other unlucky or unpopular numbers are in the upper range: 32, 34, 40, and 46.
7. Avoid constantly switching it up
Hold on to the numbers you like. | Scott Olson/Getty Images
Lustig stands behind his theory of avoiding the incessant changing of numbers. If you are opting out of Quick Picks to choose your own numbers, keep them. Do a little research to determine whether the numbers you choose seem to be a good set. If they are, hold on to them.
8. Buy more tickets
The more you buy, the higher your odds. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
The odds of winning the lottery increase when you purchase more tickets. That’s a given. By all means, avoid spending money on lottery tickets that is allocated for groceries, your mortgage, and your children’s school lunch. But if you really want to win, buying more tickets is a surefire way to increase your odds. Also, be consistent with your game playing. Finally, tune in to make sure you don’t miss out on winnings.
Certain Powerball lottery numbers are chosen more commonly than others. Here’s what you need to know about choosing yours.The Most Common Winning Powerball Lottery Numbers (and Other Tricks for Winning Big) Your chances aren’t great, but they could be better. | Saul ]]>