Research Claims to Have Found the “Luckiest” Lottery Numbers

Lottery number crunchers claim to have discovered that some digits are “luckier” than others based on a year-long statistical study.

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New research suggests that some lottery numbers may be “luckier” than others. (Image: gizmodo.co.uk)

Random results are main reasons lotteries around the world are not only deemed legal, but entertaining. However, according to a study by Jackpot.com, there are some numbers that appear to be more popular than others.

Is There a Statistical Bias?

Reviewing the results of 1,500 separate lottery draws from 15 international lotteries, analysts found that instances of the following numbers were higher than others:

16 (drawn 191 times)

22 (drawn 179 times)

28 and 37 (each drawn 167 times)

6 (drawn 166 times)

3 (drawn 164 times)

The study took into account results between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Additionally, it covered a range of lotteries, including: EuroMillions, the UK Lotto, the US Powerball and the German Lotto.

As is often the case with “studies” of this nature, the results shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Much like mathematicians will come up with a formula to predict the winner of the Grand National each year, the numbers don’t always add up.

In fact, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) would be prompted to take action against the UK Lotto if the results had shown a more significant bias towards certain numbers. As part of its remit to regulate the UK betting industry, the UKGC is there to ensure the UK Lotto offers fair results and abides by responsible gaming codes.

Lottery Gaming at an All-Time High

In 2016, Lotto operator Camelot announced record sales with figures topping £7.6 billion. Increased smartphone usage was one of the main drivers behind the increased sales.

Although newsagent sales also increased, digital Lotto ticket sales (tablet and smartphone) jumped up by 53 percent to £596 million.

This, combined with a rise in the cost of a ticket and guaranteed weekly prizes of £1 million, has helped push sales up by 4 percent or £317 million year-over-year.

Whether or not the numerical data from Jackpot.com will help anyone actually win the next Lotto draw will be a case of wait and see.

However, if you do believe the stats have an insight into something we don’t, make sure you avoid the number 18. According to the year-long study, 18 only made four appearances over the course of 1,500 draws.

Similarly, 32, 36, 40, 41 and 46 were conspicuous by their absence making less than eight appearances each over the course of 12 months.

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