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Luck, By the Numbers
Also interesting are the historically lucky and unlucky numbers. Bespoke Investment Group identified the Mega Millions numbers that have come up the most and least often in the 705 drawings leading up to last night. To win the jackpot, you've got to correctly guess all five regular numbers, which are drawn out of a set of balls numbered 1 through 56, and the Mega Ball, drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 46.
Historical trends and past performance are not reliable indicators of the future – that’s something investors and gamblers know very well. Nonetheless, we love to glean what we can from any and all data available so that even bad decisions – if that’s what they turn out to be -- feel informed.
According to Bespoke’s analysis, there are 8 numbers that have come up as ball 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 in 10% or more of the drawings -- #48, 36, 53, 12, 27, 31, 51 and 52. The numbers that came up least often were 41, 49, 47, 37, and 34.
The numbers that came up most often for the Mega Ball: 36, 9, 7, 35, and 2, with the #36 popping up 3.55% of the time. And the least: 28, 32, 46, 14 and 1, with #28 making the sparsest showing of just six drawings of the 705.