Lucky lotto numbers

Wednesday June 4, 2008

Everyone dreams of winning lotto but for most people that never happens. And yet whilst we all know it's a game of chance there are numbers that consistently come up.

Tomorrow night (Thursday, June 5) the Powerball jackpot will reach $50 million, making it the biggest prize ever offered in any Australian lottery game.

With that in mind, we asked scientist Tilly Boleyn to explain the scientific approach to picking the winning digits and got her to share tips for making sure you're the only person to win.

"A lot of people have 'lucky numbers' which they use for lotto draws," explains Ms Boleyn. "Often these are dates of anniversaries, birthdays or numbers that have personal significance."

Science says the best way to pick winning numbers is to forget 'lucky numbers' and pick your choices randomly. It's also not a good idea to pick numbers in a line, for example, 15,16,17,18 and 19.

"People assume that line selection is not a common thing, but it is. It means even if you do win lotto, you'll be sharing it with a lot of people," she says.

Another tip is to pick a couple of numbers above 31, these numbers aren't as popular because they're out of the date range.

The most-drawn Powerball numbers are 26, 22, 5, 39, 24 and 34. The least drawn numbers are 41, 32, 10, 43, 35 and 20.

But Ms Boleyn warns people to remember that the game is random. "Just because these numbers have come up more in the past it doesn't mean they'll be lucky in the future."

Lucky numbers

The most popular number selection appears to be lucky number eight. The number is particularly lucky in Chinese culture. "In China a regional airline reportedly paid about 2.4 million yuan, or $300,000, to have '88888888' for a telephone number," says Ms Boleyn.

The honour of most unpopular number goes to numbers four and 13. In Korea, China, and Japan, as well as in many East-Asian and some Southeast-Asian countries, there is a fear of the number four because phonetically it is similar to 'death'. It's not uncommon for buildings (including offices, apartments, hotels) to lack floors with the number four.

Usually considered to be a superstition, triskaidekaphobia is the name of given to a fear of the number 13. A specific fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Some Christian traditions also say that at the Last Supper, Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sit at the table, and that for this reason 13 is considered to carry a curse of sorts.

In Italy 17 is an unlucky number because when it is written into Roman digits (XVII) it can easily be rearranged to "VIXI", which in Latin means "I lived".

Follow us on Facebook
Most Liked on Facebook
Our sites - most read articles
Top stories
Latest news headlines - Ninemsn NewsLatest news headlines and breaking news from Australia and the world. uuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=244812014-09-17T01:27:59Z;id=24482Stepfather arrested after mother charged with murder of Oberon toddlerThe stepfather of a three-year-old boy who died after he was found unconscious and badly injured at a home in Oberon in August has been arrested.2014-09-17T10:49:49+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24483Baby boy in stable condition after being found next to dead mother's bodyAn eight-month-old baby found critically ill alongside his dead mother in the NSW Illawarra region is now in a stable condition.2014-09-17T11:00:54+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24484Fierce, fast-moving floods captured swallowing cars in Serbia<p>An unstoppable torrent of water captured on camera by terrified locals in Serbia moves so quickly it is hard to believe the video is not in fast forward.</p>2014-09-17T09:40:12+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24485Fire extinguisher blinds racer at 430km/hWhen you're flying across a salt flat at over 400km/h the last thing you want is obscured vision.2014-09-17T10:22:44+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24486Queensland’s electricity network could be leasedQueensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has revealed a huge overhaul of the government&rsquo;s asset sales agenda, including the hugely unpopular sale of the state&rsquo;s electricity network.2014-09-17T10:00:49+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24487UPDATE: Tweed Heads brothers missing for a second timeTwo brothers who disappeared from their home in Tweed Heads have gone missing before, according to police.2014-09-17T09:30:00+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24488Bones reveal Richard III's grisly death on battlefieldRichard III suffered nearly a dozen injuries on the battlefield, a new paper shows, but the fatal blows probably came after he abandoned his horse.2014-09-17T09:25:55+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59ZAPuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24489Melbourne tram pervert has been assaulting peak hour commuters 'for months'Women on peak-hour Melbourne trams are being targeted by a sexual predator.2014-09-17T08:06:33+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59ZAAPuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24490Teen takes down violent criminal running from policeThe shirtless 31-year-old suspect had just forced his way out of a British police patrol car and shoved two female officers aside in a bid to evade arrest, when 16-year-old Kiya Ingham chased him down with a flying tackle.2014-09-17T04:24:09+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24491Ministers' mad dash to save the Great Barrier Reef from 'danger' listing<p>Australia's environment ministers have made a desperate dash to Europe in a last ditch effort to stop the Great Barrier Reef being declared "in danger" over fears it will damage the region's multi-million dollar tourism industry.</p>2014-09-17T06:34:17+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24492Boeing, SpaceX to send astronauts to spaceNASA has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.2014-09-17T10:06:06+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59ZAFPuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24493Tiger tore through 'defective' gate, fatally mauled UK zookeeper: inquestA young zookeeper was mauled to death by a tiger at a wildlife park in northwest England after it tore through a defective gate, an inquest has heard.2014-09-17T04:48:45+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24494Obama says 'hundred of thousands' could be infected if Ebola not stopped nowUS President Barack Obama has called on the world to "act fast" to stop West Africa's Ebola epidemic before "hundreds of thousands" are infected.2014-09-17T06:41:55+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24495Experts tell police William Tyrell won't be found alive in bushlandPolice say they've been told by experts it is not possible for William Tyrell to still be alive in bushland on the NSW mid-north coast.2014-09-17T08:10:00+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24496Abbott says UN resolution not needed to fight in IraqPrime Minister Tony Abbott has declared that Australia does not need to wait for a United Nations Security Council resolution before waging war against radical jihadists in Iraq.2014-09-17T04:26:09+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Zuuid:b98757ff-5747-4046-a368-5578b4434b94;id=24497Jihad suspects stopped daily at Australian airports<p>Counter-terrorism teams are stopping travellers suspected of having links to Islamic State fighters on a daily basis at airports across the country.</p>2014-09-17T01:54:00+10:002014-09-17T01:27:59Z
Search the site