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What are the most likely numbers to win the lottery?

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 / 04:38 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 17, 2018 / 04:38 PM EDT

A customer fills out a Mega Millions ticket at a local grocery store, Friday, July 1, 2016, in Hialeah, Fla. Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(WFLA) — How do you pick your lottery numbers?

With a massive Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs Friday night, a lot of people are thinking about how to pick theirs.

Many people use birthdays, others use lucky numbers or their own system. There are almost as many ways of choosing lottery numbers as there are chances of winning it.

For the Mega Millions jackpot, you’re looking at a 1 in 302 million chance. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Many players will look at the statistics. They will try to choose the numbers that come up most often.

According to LottoNumbers.com, the most drawn Mega Millions main numbers are 2, 17, 31, 39, 4 and 46. The most common Mega Ball number is 3. The most common main numbers drawn in the Powerball game are 26, 41, 16, 28, 22 and 23. The most common Powerball is 6.

But what about the most overdue numbers? LottoNumbers.com also compiled a list of the numbers that haven’t been drawn for the longest amount of time.

For Mega Millions, the 15 most overdue numbers are 53, 36, 55, 58, 5, 37, 65, 50, 17, 9, 21, 12, 42, 26 and 47. The most overdue Mega Ball number is 5.

When it comes to Powerball, statistics show 35, 40, 31, 26, 16, 29, 37, 49, 36, 46, 38, 44, 58, 10 and 21 are the most overdue main numbers. They say it’s been longest since 23 was drawn as a Powerball.

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With a massive Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs Friday night, a lot of people are thinking about how to pick theirs.

National Lottery: What are the most drawn Lotto numbers?

This Wednesday’s £50 million jackpot is the National Lottery’s biggest ever

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Ticket sales for Wednesday’s Lotto draw have soared in the days leading up to the biggest ever National Lottery jackpot, as thousands hedge their bets on six balls that could make one lucky person £50.4 million richer.

National Lottery operator Camelot expects to sell 200 tickets a second in the hour before Wednesday’s draw, which is the result of 13 consecutive roll-overs over seven weeks.

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Ahead of the draw the National Lottery has shared the top six most drawn Lotto balls since 1994, which are: 23, 38, 31, 25, 33 and 11.

The National Lottery also revealed how many times each of the balls had been drawn as both a main ball and a bonus ball.

Most frequently drawn Number of times drawn
23 332
38 330
31 329
25 325
33 324
11 321

These are the most drawn balls from when the lottery started in 1994 to October 2015, when the game was changed and the number of balls were increased from 49 to 59.

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Statisticians at the time point out the chance of matching all six balls would decrease from one in 14 million to one in 45 million after the new balls were added.

If there is no winner for either Wednesday or Saturday’s jackpot draw then Camelot will enact new regulations to ensure the money is shared out as the company’s rules state that the jackpot has to be won in the first draw after the prize reaches £50 million.

If this becomes the case then Saturday’s prize will become shared between people in the lower winning tier, meaning people who have five winning numbers and the bonus ball.
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