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Have my lottery numbers ever won
Published: 10:49 GMT, 24 March 2016 | Updated: 15:50 GMT, 24 March 2016
If you’ve ever forgotten to play the lottery, but use the same numbers every week, you’ll know the panic that sets in when you gingerly check the results to see if you would have won.
Now, there’s an online tool that lets you do just that but on a much larger scale.
Type in your favourite numbers and the tool will reveal not only if you would have won the jackpot, it shows just how much you could have won dating back 20 years.
While the results may prove painful for people who have missed out on a life-changing sum of money, they may also reveal cash saved by others whose lucky numbers have proved anything but.
Use the calculator below. Mobile users can visit Mrgamez’s website. The tool defaults to the US but players can select the UK version in the top right-hand corner
The tool shows whether your chosen digits hit the jackpot over the years, as well as how much money you could have pulled in if you played every week. Users have to enter their lucky numbers (screenshot). The tool defaults to the US version, but players can select the UK version in the top right-hand corner
The calculator was designed by games website MrGamez.com and allows users to play a US or UK version.
One selected, they simply have to enter their favourite numbers, or the ones they use to play the lottery on a regular basis.
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The results page shows the amount of prize money the number combination could have pulled in if they played every week over the years.
It could also reveal if players missed out on a jackpot at any point.
The results page (example pictured) shows the amount of money the number combination could have pulled in if they played every week over the years. It could also reveal if players missed out on a jackpot at any point
WHY A NEIGHBOUR WINNING THE LOTTO IS BAD NEWS
If your neighbour wins the lottery, you may want to consider relocating.
A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia examined the effects of income inequality in Canadian neighbourhoods, to reveal that households near a lottery winner are more likely to declare bankruptcy.
The likelyhood of this scenaro increases with the size of the win, linking financial distress with the widening income disparity, as neighbours try to keep up.
Researchers found that for every $1,000 of lottery winnings, the probability of bankruptcy in the immediately surrounding area will increase by 2.4 per cent.
This is because a new rich person entering a small community can put pressure on neighbours to compete with their lifestyle.
The London-based company’s research shows picking numbers that have been drawn the most frequently is not a short-cut to success.
According to the National Lottery, the most drawn numbers of all time are – in order of times drawn – are: 23, 40, 38, 30, 33 and 34.
But the tool shows that if someone played these numbers every week since the first draw on 19 November 1994, they would only have won £1,685.
Seeing as the cost of tickets would have cost more than £1,000, this would not have been a big win.
Gambling experts at the company also advised not picking the same six numbers every week and said playing a group of six consecutive numbers has the same odds of winning as any combination.
Playing the combination 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 played since the lottery began would have netted £1,575 – just £100 less than the most common numbers.
They said that picking the most ‘overdue’ numbers means nothing as lottery balls don’t have schedules and the odds are the same.
Interestingly, the current most overdue numbers – 45, 49, 7, 24, 20, 3 – historically would only have won someone £640.
Birthdays are a popular choice for many people looking for numerical inspiration for the Lotto, (balls shown) but as the game has 59 balls, by picking birthdays only, 28 numbers are left out
Birthdays are of course a popular choice for many people looking for numerical inspiration for the Lotto, but as the game has 59 balls, by picking birthdays only, 28 numbers are left out.
Having said that, the company found that politicians have lucky birthdays.
A combination of David Cameron, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, John Major and Neville Chamberlin’s dates of birth would have netted £3,659,316
They also advised buying a ticket in Romford, Essex. Since the lottery began, 1,238 adults in Romford have won a prize of more than £50,000, making it a lucky location.London-based games company, MrGamez.com created the tool that shows whether sets of lucky numbers have ever hit the jackpot as well as showing the most drawn numbers of all time, aren’t that lucky. ]]>