It goes without saying that most Americans have dreamed about winning the lottery at one time or another. The odds of winning are, not surprisingly, overwhelmingly against us: If you spend $1000 buying non-Powerplay tickets, statisically you will lose $803 of it. Not a good margin, for sure. Some may ask whether picking a Powerball strategy related to odd or even numbers increase your odds of winning. Letâ€™s examine some research into lottery strategies.
First, an overview of the game is important. Powerball is a lotto game that rewards both jackpot and cash prizes. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a non-profit, government-benefit organization owned and operated by its 31 member lotteries administers the Powerball lottery. All profits made through the lottery stay in the individual states and are used to support causes approved by the state legislatures. On a biweekly basis, the MUSL draws five white balls out of a barrel of 55 white balls and one red ball out of a barrel of 42 red balls. By matching chosen numbers, winners have nine opportunities to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five of the white balls and the red Powerball. A Powerball ticket costs players $1 a piece. Players can also pay an extra $1 for the PowerPlay, in which any prize winnings are multiplied by up to five times the normal prize (not including the jackpot amount). The multiplier is chosen randomly at the same time the Powerball numbers are drawn.
Now letâ€™s talk about picking a Powerball strategy. There are many for-profit Internet services, such as win-power-ball-lottery.com, which offer mathematical strategies for increasing your odds of winning Powerball. Many of these for-profit services state that although Powerball numbers are randomly drawn, randomly drawn numbers still form patterns that can be analyzed. Purportedly, these analyzable patterns can then be used to develop strategies to win in Powerball.
A common strategy recommends that you play 42 games, choosing a different Powerball each game. With this strategy you will win at least by matching one Powerball. This is described as the simplest and cheapest way to win in Powerball. Note that it will cost you $42 to play 42 games and your guaranteed win of matching the Powerball in one of those games will pay out $3.
Terry Fisher in his article, â€œRevealed - The REAL Truth About Lottery Oddsâ€ describes another option for picking a Powerball strategy. He notes that if you play ten games, your odds of winning the grand prize are one in 12,052,677 whereas if you buy 100 games, your odds of winning increases to one in 1,205,268.
Another statistical study states that choosing a Powerball number consisting of three odd and two even numbers is fourteen times more likely to produce a winning ticket than Powerball number made up of five even numbers.
Similarly, Gail Howardâ€™s strategy for picking a Powerball strategy using odd or even numbers is to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. Because all odd or all even numbers drawings occur less than 3 percent of the time, she recommends that Powerball numbers have three odd numbers and two even numbers or two odd numbers and three even numbers. It is likely that one of these two patterns will occur in one-third of the Powerball drawings.
The official Powerball website notes that 70% to 80% of Powerball numbers are chosen by computer and that 70% to 80% of Powerball winners are computer picks. Combining the odd/even mix strategy with a computer pick could be a worthwhile tool. Regardless of what lottery strategists say, letting a computer do the work for you may be your best strategy of all.
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