As the Powerball jackpot grows, so do the dreams of winning the big jackpot!  There was no winner for the 4-20-22 drawing which means this Saturday players will have a shot of scoring 400 million dollars. With all the dreams of winning, I also have to be the responsible guy here and tell you the odds of winning are one in 292-million. But enough of the negativity, how can you better those chances of winning?  Easy solutions- buy more tickets, form a group of ticket buyers at work, etc.  However, we are going to just focus on the picking number process. Sure, you can choose a Quick Pick, but then you are strictly playing with pure luck.  So, keep reading for number tips and tricks to help you maybe win the big one.

First, let's understand how the Powerball is played.  According to The Texas Lottery Website...

"Select five (5) numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper play area and select one (1) Powerball number from 1 to 26 in the lower play area of the playboard or mark the "QP" box and the terminal will select your numbers. OR, simply ask your lottery retailer for a "Quick Pick" and the terminal will pick all your numbers!"

 

TYPES OF NUMBERS TO PICK FOR THE POWERBALL

Ok, let's give you a few option on picking those winners...there are five types of numbers I classify being used to pick...

1. EMOTIONAL NUMBERS - Emotional numbers are made up of non-birthday days of importance. Wedding date or Day of Life-Saving surgery are just some of the examples of of emotional numbers. These numbers (in my opinion) usually end being the most consistently played numbers because people feel there is a emotional connection that means something deeper. Thus, people tend to think they could also bring luck.

2. BIRTHDAYS - Your birthday, parents birthdays, kids birthdays are probably the most popular of all the number filled out on a Powerball game slip.  I tend to play with the birthdays of deceased relatives if a drawing falls upon their birthday.  This tactic is my "heavenly help" theory that hasn't panned out yet...but it will. Feel free to use.

3. PATTERNS - Some people choose their number based upon patterns. For example, a mother may choose numbers based upon the age differences of their kids or ages of their children at the time of drawing.  Some other examples of patterns are choosing numbers 7 digits apart of the 7th of the month...7,14, 21, 28, etc.

4. INSTANT INSPIRATION - The "instant inspiration" numbers are the ones that hit us when we are driving or at home doing nothing.  When driving they are found looking at a gas prices, a billboard, or taken from a song on the radio. At home, an instant inspiration from a child, friend or even a TV commercial.  It's a weird feeling that comes over a player to think that it is information given to them by a "higher source" to bring them a lottery win.

5. FORTUNE COOKIES - I've played fortune cookie numbers before have not won.  I don't know anybody who has won with these numbers. However, I would hate to discourage someone to go for it if they feel the numbers are lucky.

 

PICKING THE RIGHT NUMBERS FOR THE GAME

While the number schemes above have helped some people win they also take some out of competition.  Let's think about how the game works...

"Select five numbers from 1 to 69 in the upper play area and select one Powerball number from 1 to 26 "

POWERBALL POWERFUL STATS...

Ok, according to the Yotta website...

The most frequently pulled Powerball numbers are 1, 26, 18, 10, 2, 12, 11, 9, 6, and 20.

The most common primary Powerball numbers are 10, 42, 39, 28, 22, 23, 32, 16, 41, and 26.

These overdue numbers include 60, 36, 9, 11, 47, 40, 33, 2, 5, and 46.

POWERBALL TIPS AND TRICKS USING THESE NUMBERS...

Ok, so think about these tactics in increasing chances of winning...

BYPASS THE "ALL BIRTHDAY" TICKET...

Unless your family member was born in 33, 36,40, 46, 47 or 60...you will be missing out on key "overdue" numbers.  So, I suggest adding one these numbers to your current play slip to increase your chances of winning.  With birthdays, players lean to 31 and lower decreasing their chances of winning by discounting half of the numbers available.

PLAY YOUR SAME TICKET...

They say "persistence pays off." We've all read the stories about the man or woman who played the same numbers for years and finally won.  This could work for you, but re-examine your numbers to make sure you are not shooting yourself in the foot by excluding a big block of numbers.

FOCUS ON THE ACTUAL POWER BALL...

The actual Power Ball in the game is a key element.  Since the numbers are smaller, the chance is greater to match.  Find the number between 1 and 26, stick with it.  Most all the numbers have been picked 27 to 33 times, so it is pretty even and the luck of the draw should be coming your way.  Changing this number each time could impair you chance of the big score.

Good luck! Please tell if me if you win and pay me my 20% for the advice..LOL...

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