How to Win the Lottery: Most Common Lucky Lottery Numbers

Everyone wants to win the lottery. Keep an eye out for these common lottery numbers if you want to up your chances of hitting it big.

The chances of winning the lottery are about one in 300 million, but the unlikely odds don’t mean you can’t do more to up your chances of winning, like buying multiple tickets, playing every draw, or living in the state with the most lottery winners. Lucky lottery numbers are also a way to increase your chances. Here’s how to win the lottery (or at least boost your chances) by picking the most common lottery numbers (just one of the things lottery winners won’t tell you.)

How to pick lottery numbers

Instead of picking a meaningful date, like a birthday or anniversary, it’s a no-brainer to select the most common lottery numbers to boost your odds. And, yes, there is a way to find out lucky lottery numbers! There are a few websites that track the lottery numbers that are pulled the most; keeping track of them is a good method for how to pick lottery numbers. The most common Mega Ball number is 22. Meanwhile, stay clear of 21, 45, 50, 55, and 51 when choosing your first five numbers. (But keep in mind that the unlucky and lucky lottery numbers and their exact number of calls are always changing!)

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Most winning lottery numbers: Mega Millions

According to USA Mega, here are the most common Mega Millions numbers drawn since October 31, 2017:

  • 22
  • 11
  • 9
  • 10
  • 4
  • 19

22 was drawn 26 times and 11 was drawn 24 times. Several other of the most common Mega Millions numbers were drawn 18 times; these numbers are 13, 14, 17, 18, 24, and 25.

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Most winning lottery numbers: Powerball

As for the most common Powerball numbers, you can check those out online as well, but here are a few:

  • 66
  • 23
  • 61
  • 53
  • 21
  • 63
  • 59
  • 69
  • 64
  • 20

According to CNBC, the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have both been on the rise. The Mega Millions jackpot is a hefty $244 million, but the Powerball jackpot is tipping the scale at $540 million!

There might not be a better time to buy a ticket, cross your fingers, and select these lucky numbers. Of course, there’s no guarantee that choosing these digits will win you the lotto, since past frequency doesn’t determine what numbers come next. Read up on this lottery ticket dispute in which a couple agreed to split the earnings if they won, but one left with everything.

Sources:

  • USAMega.com: “Mega Millions Statistics”
  • LottoNumbers.com: “Most Common Powerball Numbers”
  • CNBC: “Powerball’s jackpot surges to $540 million — yet doesn’t even crack the list of 10 largest lottery wins”

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Emily DiNuzzo
Emily DiNuzzo is an associate editor at The Healthy and a former assistant staff writer at Reader's Digest. Her work has appeared online at the Food Network and Well + Good and in print at Westchester Magazine, and more. When she's not writing about food and health with a cuppa by her side, you can find her lifting heavy things at the gym, listening to murder mystery podcasts, and liking one too many astrology memes.