Powerball’s tantalizing jackpot has swollen to $1.2 billion, a record-breaking prize that if won, will be the second-highest lottery prize in the United States. The drawing is set for Wednesday night at 10:59 pm and with hundreds of millions of tickets already purchased, according to lottoreport.com, the stakes are high.
For those who haven’t already bought their tickets, experts have shared a few tricks players can try in hopes of becoming a billionaire.
Choose the right numbers
Choosing the right numbers could have a strong impact on the verity of a player’s ticket. There are a few select numbers that have been repeatedly drawn throughout the rollover of this specific jackpot’s lifetime, and the USA Mega site recorded the most-drawn numbers of Powerball since October 2017.
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The number 19 has been drawn five times in the past month for the first five Powerball numbers, much more than any other number drawn, while 22, 30, 36, 37, 46 and 60 were each drawn three times in October 2022.
The only repeating Powerball number drawn in the past month was 6.
USA Mega reported the most drawn number for the first five Powerball numbers is 61, with it being drawn 78 times. 21, 32, 62 and 69 all rank as the other most-drawn numbers, and each of those numbers were drawn at least once in October.
The most drawn Powerball number is 24, according to the site. 24 was drawn as October 26’s Powerball number.
Don’t play with the computer’s choices
Experts said playing the same numbers repeatedly is all part of playing the game with smarts. According to Richard Lustig, a legendary lottery winner from Florida and author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery,” letting the computer randomly choose the numbers for you actually isn’t the best way to win.
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“The problem with buying quick picks is every time you buy one, you get a different set of numbers. So your odds are always the same,” Lustig told MLive.com, explaining to the outlet that by drawing the same numbers every time, players are actually increasing their odds of winning — even if it’s just by a little.
Don’t play anniversaries or birthdates
Lustig went on to describe how by playing anniversary numbers or birthdates, players are lowering their chances even further by only choosing numbers 1 through 31. In Powerball, the player must choose numbers between 1 and 69.
By only sticking with your wedding anniversary and mother’s birthday, you’re counting out numbers 32 through 69 — and four of the five most-drawn numbers in Powerball all fall in that range.
Play in a group pool
Though sharing your billionaire winnings with coworkers or friends might not be everyone’s idea of hitting it big, experts said playing in a group pool is a sure-fire way to up your chances of winning.
Richard Wheeler, co-founder of Mido Lotto, told KRON, “The more tickets you have in the draw, each ticket is another chance to win.”
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Lustig also gave the same suggestion.
“Isn’t a piece of the pie better than no pie at all,” he asked MLive. However, I have cautioned players looking for a group win.
“Most lottery pools are run very poorly. If you’re going to join, you need to make sure it’s run properly,” Lustig stated.
Choosing a “lucky” store
Picking a “good” store to buy your Powerball ticket, especially one that’s had luck in the past selling winning tickets, is another tactic some players use to try and win the pot.
Ted’s Stateline Mobil in Methuen is the top lottery agent in the commonwealth, and the owner, Tony Amico, credits his multiple wins to “complete luck and volume.”
Amico has the store set up to look less like a gas station and more like a casino, with tables and TVs set up to watch Keno and five lottery machines.
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“We have a large parking lot so people can park. We have TVs outside where they can watch Keno,” Amico told MassLive.
“We have a smoking hut for people who want to smoke. We have tables inside where they can sit and relax and watch any one of several screens for Keno. And they can sit there and have coffee and scratch their tickets, which is what people love to do.”
Amico’s tactics seemed to have worked for him — he had a string of winners from his store from May to June, and reported that there have been individuals who won $35 million and $46 million decades ago.
While driving to New Hampshire in June, a mother and daughter decided to stop at the “lucky store” in Methuen to buy a lottery ticket after two other players won $1 million prizes from tickets sold at the store.
The idea proved to be lucky yet again. And Brittany Briody of Saugus won the $1 million from Mega Millions on June 3.
But there might be other “lucky” stores.
Mavis Wanczyk was the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot in 2017 after purchasing a ticket at the Pride Station & Store in Chicopee, which is located at 27 Montgomery St.
Powerball is played in 45 states, and its odds of winning are 1 in 292 million.