Making the most of the statistics with often drawn number combos
You have more chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. While the odds might not be in your favour, it doesn’t mean you can’t do a few things to increase your winning chances, like playing multiple tickets for every draw. Or using your favourite numbers.
After all, they say you can’t win if you don’t play. Of course, you need luck on your side when you play Powerball. But as Richard Lustig, a seven-time lottery winner says, you also need a plan of attack. One of those plans should include studying the most drawn lottery numbers and common combos.
The Powerball numbers that are drawn the most often include 10, 16, 22, 23, 26, 28, 32, 39, 41 and 42. They are the numbers most often drawn from the drum of white balls, and they’ve been known to be pulled more than 250 times. So, you might want to consider using them in your next combination of Powerball numbers.
Then there are the combinations that come up the most often – ones that contain numbers known to create millionaires. These include 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 18, 20, 26.
If even one of these numbers is drawn and you have it on your Powerball ticket, you can win anything from $4 to $40.
Let’s consider the number combinations a little more. Do the math, and you’ll realise that there are over 11 million potential combinations of the five white Powerball balls – regardless of what order they’re in. Then, multiply that by the 26 potential red balls, and you get close to 300 million possible Powerball combinations.
If you want to guarantee a win, you’d need to play every single Powerball combination. At $2 per ticket, that would cost you close to $584 million.
That’s big money. But think about it for just a second.
The Powerball draw takes place twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. How would you even print that many tickets in under four days? Even if you could squash multiple picks onto even a single ticket, how could you make sure that every combination is different?
Essentially, you’d need a whole army of people that you trust, spread out at thousands of locations, all over the country. They would need to suck the ticket-printing machines dry. Not to mention plenty of online ticket buyers. You would even need to streamline everything and for that, you would need local, regional and state coordinator. You would also need reliable technology to help verify that every single number that’s requested differs.
And let’s not forget the solid and daunting contracts you would need to make sure nobody who helps you walks off with your winnings.
Even if you had to go to all that effort, you’re still not guaranteed to win the main Powerball jackpot – which can roll over into the billions before taxes.
There is always the chance, that no matter which combination or set of hot numbers you decide to play, one or even more ticketholders might have the same winning combination for the very same draw. Which means you would have to share the jackpot. Even if you try to increase the jackpot by purchasing as many tickets as you can afford, even the tiniest of flukes could leave you in the red.
We all know that playing the lottery isn’t the most practical thing we could do with our money. But buying even just one or two tickets per draw could well see your life change forever – for the good – when you do hit a winning Powerball number combo.
Stay up to date with hot numbers and common combos at Powerball.ca.