Most Commonly-Picked Lottery Numbers

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Nobody won last night's Mega Million multi-state lottery, meaning the top prize jackpot is now estimated at $970 million. The chances of winning the lottery are about one in 300 million. Although the odds may not be in any individual’s favor, that doesn’t mean you can’t do more to up your chances of winning. There are certain numbers that are randomly selected more often than others. For instance, the most common Mega Ball number is 22, which has come up 21 times in the past three years. Other commonly picked numbers, according to the Mega Millions website, are 11 (drawn 19 times), 9, 10, and 19 (drawn 16 times). 4, 14, and 20 have been drawn 15 times.

Meanwhile, stay clear of 21, 36, 5, 51, and 50 when choosing your first five numbers; these appeared only between four and five times. As for Powerball, the number 23 tops the current list, with 57 draws since October 7, 2015. Also with more than 45 calls since then are the numbers 32, 61, 53, 69, 64, 3, 21, 27, 62 in descending order of popularity. It is worth noting that last night's (1/19/21) winning numbers are 10, 19, 26, 28, 50 and 16, of which, only one of the most commonly-picked numbers was announced (19).

SOURCE: Reader's Digest