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Lucky Lottery Numbers

Lottery fans put a lot of thought into their selections, some numbers are overused because of the false assumption that they are ‘lucky’, while others are shunned because they are thought to bring ill fortune. If you’re betting on lotteries here at Lottoland obviously you want to pick winning numbers, and we have trawled through the stats to show you the winningest lottery numbers drawn to date.

Is Number 7 Really ‘Lucky’?

While not on the scale of the aforementioned draws, the Lottery in Britain has had a number of big wins, of which David and Carol Martin’s was the largest. They scooped £33 million with the ticket 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.

25 and 26 and 27 and 28 are both amongst the most frequent consecutive pairs to be drawn in the lottery in Britain, but David and Carol’s 26 and 27 is not. Both 52 and 58 are amongst the least drawn numbers, while 27 and 47 are drawn quite regularly.

Then, of course, there’s the Irish Lotto, with a current standing record of €18.9 million dating back to 2008. The lucky lottery numbers that time were 4, 12, 26, 27, 29 and 37 plus the bonus ball, 38. As you can see, none of those numbers show up in the list of six most commonly drawn balls.

The number 7, which is widely regarded in most Western cultures as lucky has never appeared in any of the biggest jackpot draws, but studies have shown it is 25% more likely to be picked than any other number in people’s selections. However, the fact that more people are choosing number 7 is probably a good reason to stay away from it: it’s no more likely of being drawn than any other, and when more people have the same numbers then prizes will have to be shared more ways.

Now, every lottery ball has an equal chance of being drawn than any other, however some appear far more often. We’ve broken down the amount of times each ball has been drawn to see how they compared.

PowerBall

The most frequent numbers are: 26, 16, 41, 32, and 28. Number 26 has been drawn 281 more times than the least common ball number 66, although that is due to the number of balls being increased recently and not because number 66 is incredibly unlucky!

MegaMillions

In the MegaMillions draw the more commonly occurring numbers are: 17, 31, 2, 39, 4 and 20. 17 and 31 have both (at time of writing) been drawn 212 times since this lottery was launched, with 17 our chosen lucky lottery number as it was drawn most recently.

Irish Lotto

The most common numbers drawn since the Irish Lotto began in 1988 are 2, 32, 9, 7, 10 and 18. (Though don’t forget the Lotto has gone through many changes over the years; a lot of you might well remember it was a 36 number game when it started, but it has since gone up to 47).

These statistics have been compiled since the draws began, and as far as ‘lucky’ lottery numbers go, these are perhaps your best bet. Although their frequency individually does not suggest they appear together often. Also, many lottery fans scour statastics like this to choose their numbers, so a PowerBall ticket with 26, 16, 41, 32 and 28 that wins would most likely be shared out amongst a much larger amount of participants.

An in-depth look at the luckiest numbers in lottery history, and the stats behind them. Find out which numbers have been most commonly drawn.