What Are the Most Popular Lottery Numbers?

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According to a study conducted at Southern University, the most popular Powerball lottery numbers are 16, 19, 26, 35 and 42. Powerball and Mega Millions are the most wide-spread lottery games in the United States, and the odds of winning the lottery are one in 46 million. While the Internet is filled with websites stating they have the magic formula for the lottery, the reality is that the lottery is purely a game of luck, and every number used in the game has a chance of being drawn at least once.

There are several strategies that people use when choosing lottery numbers. Certain individuals use their birth dates or their family members’ birth dates while others choose the same six numbers every single time they play. The numbers 7, 11 and 21 are also picked by players due to the fact that they are considered the luckiest numbers in the world.

In addition to choosing their own numbers, players have the option of allowing the ticket machine to choose their ticket numbers randomly. While certain players have a superstition when it comes to letting the machine choose their numbers, every year there are winners who have picked their own numbers and who have opted for the machine quick pick.