What are the most common and luckiest lottery numbers?

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If you have ever wondered which are the luckiest numbers when it comes to lottery draws, here is some food for thought around the digits that can matter the most.

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Of course, when those fortunate figures are drawn, it all comes to chance. There some modest indicators around, though, about the numbers that come up the most frequently.

A quick look at lotteries around the world can help you ascertain which digits you might want to consider opting for the next time you enter.

The figure 17, for example, is a popular choice in the Mega Millions draw. As of mid-April 2022, it had been pulled out 47 times – more than any other number in the popular United States lottery. Interestingly, 4, 8 and 48 had each been drawn 41 times up to aforementioned date. It will be just a matter of days or weeks before their jostle for position is separated by one or another.

Sticking with the luckiest numbers in the States, its also worth looking at their Powerball draw for some pointers on numbers that are drawn relatively frequently. Accounting for draws from 7 October 2015 to 11 April 2022, we see 32 and 61 tied for first place. They had both been drawn 70 times each in the six and a half-year time period in question. The number 3 was the only single-digit figure among the top 15 most frequently-drawn numbers in the US Powerball over the same period.

Skipping over to Europe, the EuroMillions is the next draw scrutinised for ideas around which numbers to opt for if aligning decisions with digits that have been drawn a lot previously.

Numbers in the 20s feature highly here, with 20, 21 and 23 drawn 73, 70 and 66 times each, respectively, since 12 April 2022. But 2 and 3 weighed in as the numbers drawn the most often by a veritable country mile at 123 and 110 each, respectively.

For some balance, one should consider numbers drawn the least often as well. Here, the EuroMillions had 1, 3 and 8 as its so-called overdue numbers in mid-April 2022. Neither of the three had been drawn for between six and 10 weeks.

Locally, look to South Africa’s Lotto for examples of digits drawn often. These include 1 and 49. They are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to the numbers available in the pool, but 1 and 49 had been drawn 66 and 68 times, respectively, as of mid-April 2022.

Digits in the teens are also so-called ‘hot’ numbers in the SA Lotto. The numbers 13, 14, 17 and 19 have all been drawn upward of 50 times. In this scenario, the number 13 should be seen as anything other than unlucky, as its has been drawn the most among its fellow digits in the teens at a resounding 65 times.

The digit 7 is traditionally heralded as lucky. But traditionalists might want to rethink this when they learn the number 7 had only been drawn 45 times – one of the lowest frequencies among the lot – in the SA Lotto as of 12 April 2022.

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