THE MOST LUCRATIVE NUMBERS IN LOTTO HISTORY
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 theLotter 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 UK Lotto 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 UK Lotto, but David and Carol’s 26 and 27 is not. Both 52 and 58 are amongst the least drawn numbers in the UK Lotto, 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.
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!
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.
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.
BIGGEST LOTTERY WINNERS
Two of the biggest EuroMillions winners came from the UK. First was Colin and Christine Weir, who won €185 million.Their pick; 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the Lucky Stars 9 and 10 made them as rich as the Beckhams.
Of their selection only 19 appears in the 10 most commonly picked numbers, although none of their choice are amongst the 10 least commonly picked numbers.
Next came Adrian and Gillian Bayford, who won the highest EuroMillions jackpot ever in 2012, taking home €190 million. Their winning numbers were 50, 21, 17, 48 and 11, and the Lucky Star numbers 09 and 10.
Their lucky selection included number 48, which is one of the least commonly drawn numbers in the EuroMillions. Number 50 on the other hand, is the ball that appears the most in the whole lottery, featuring 128 times since launch.
It’s also worth noting that both couples had the Lucky Stars numbers 9 and 10. While 9 is the joint most common Lucky Star, 10 is the 2nd least likely to appear, after 11.
Of course the Bayfords weren’t the only ones to hit the biggest possible prize on EuroMillions – one anonymous ticket-holder from Portugal also won €190 million (though in Portugal the taxman took 20%) with the numbers 3, 9, 20, 30, and 42 plus Lucky Stars 1 and 6.
US RECORD BREAKERS
The biggest American single-jackpot winner was Gloria MacKenzie, who scooped $590 million, also the biggest single-win jackpot in lottery history.
The Florida resident’s numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a winning PowerBall of 11. Of her PowerBall picks none are amongst the 15 most common numbers, including number 13, which is widely avoided by lottery regulars because it is seen as an ‘unlucky’ number.
This year Lisa and John Robinson were the stunned owners of one of just three winning PowerBall tickets, out of 635,103,137 sold. The $1.6 billion draw gave Lisa and John $327.8 million (which they took in the form of a one-time payment), thanks to numbers 04, 08, 19, 27, 34 and PowerBall 10.
With many lotteries two balls have a habit of turning up in the same draw, such as 4 and 23 in EuroMillions (21 times), but none of the big winners had that pair in their winning tickets.
IRISH EUROMILLIONS WINNERS
EuroMillions’ third largest jackpot was split by two winners, one from Limburg in Belgium and one from Dublin, Ireland, earning each of the lucky anonymous winners €93.9 million.
The biggest overall win in Belgium to date is €100 million, claimed by an anonymous winner back in 2007. The largest Irish win so far remains that of Dolores McNamara from Limerick. Her massive €115 million win back in 2005 made her the first of many record-breaking EuroMillions winners. (More on her in a bit.)
So, techncially Ireland gets into the top three but since we’re talking about the BIGGEST winners here and a shared win it doesn’t technically count. So, let’s instead look at the table above, and the biggest single winners of all time:
Got your own “lucky numbers”, or are inspired to try one of these winning combinations? Either way, there only way to be in with a chance is by placing a bet on this week’s EuroMillions draw.