Even if you're not that familiar with the lottery statistics, you've probably heard something along the lines of "you're more likely to be struck by lightning…"
Sure, lottery odds are long, but you never know if you have a chance of winning the lottery if you don't play, right?
After all, it's a fun way to daydream about what life could be like if you hit the jackpot.
So, how do you choose your numbers? And what exactly do your choices say about the type of person you are?
Let's take a look.
Choosing numbers of significance is the most common way that people pick lottery numbers. From anniversaries to birthdays to the day you adopted your dog, this approach is sure to make your win that much more special. If you pick your numbers this way, it suggests you're somewhat sentimentally inclined, choosing numbers based on what they mean to you over anything else.
Sometimes, it pays to be a bit lazy.
Having a routine for things can save time, whether that's your exercise routine or the way you get ready in the morning, or picking your lottery numbers. It's the easiest way to play, and it says that you like to keep things simple and concise rather than unpredictable. We'd wager that there's a specific place for everything in your home.
Picking randomly is also pretty common. Or maybe you prefer to close your eyes and choose numbers that have no particular purpose or meaning. Spontaneous and fun - that's you!
Most lottery websites have a page of statistics that let you look at things like how often a certain number has been drawn or which numbers have appeared the least.
If you like to pick your numbers according to the data behind the balls, it suggests that you're probably a left-brained, analytical thinker with a penchant for statistics.
Perhaps you'd like your next fortune cookie to do the picking for you? It may sound weird, but it worked for a 75-year-old lady in Manhattan.
Emma Duvoll decided on a delicious fortune cookie for dessert one day, after indulging in a Chinese takeaway. According to the great-grandmother, the numbers "looked attractive." So, she played them. And then won the Powerball jackpot.
Five of the six numbers from the cookie appeared on that draw.
We'd say it's certainly something to chew on.
We all hope for a little luck when we buy a lottery ticket. That's why many of us use particular numbers that we feel are luckier than others. And then we play them every week. What does that say about your personality? Perhaps you're superstitious, perhaps you don't like change, or maybe you're just waiting for your luck to change.
Your lucky number can reveal quite a bit about you. Especially if you use your birth date.
If you want to find your lucky number in time for the next draw, we'd say use that take-charge attitude and put this to the test:
Add up the numbers in your date of birth until they equal between 1 and 9.
Let's say you were born on 26 July 1943.
Add all the numbers together: 2+6+7+1+9+4+3. You'll get 32. So, add the 3+2. You get 5. There's your number.
Here's what some of the numbers say about your personality:
Everyone has a system of picking their numbers. There's really no right or wrong way to do it.
Whether you prefer significant dates, analytics, or random choices, there's one thing we all have in common personality-wise: we're all keen for change, fortune, and a stress-free way of life.
However you prefer to pick your lottery numbers, one thing's for sure: you have to play to win.