Want to win Powerball? A guide to most commonly drawn numbers
Jackpot hits $430 million
If you have a lucky number, Wednesday may be a good time to put it to the test, as the New York Lottery’s Powerball jackpot is now $430 million.
In order to win the jackpot, you’d need to hit all 5 numbers and the Powerball; there are eight other prize tiers in each draw that could win you big bucks as well. Matching the Powerball alone could also score you some serious cash.
But what numbers should you play?
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Here’s how it works
The first five regular numbers, which are white balls, are drawn out of a drum with 69 balls; one Powerball, or red ball, is drawn from a separate drum with 26 balls.
Matching all five regular numbers, or white balls, in any order and the red Powerball will win you the jackpot. If you win the jackpot prize, you have the option of either an annuitized prize that’s paid over 29 years, or 30 payments including the first immediate payment, or a cash lump sum payment.
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Best of the red
Since Powerball started in 1992, the red ball stamped with the number “20” and the one with number “6” have each been selected 81 times — the most of any of the red balls — according to LottoNumbers.com, a lottery statistics website.
However, the No. 20 ball has only been selected 7 times since 2015, and the No. 6 ball has been selected 9 times, an Advance review of the lottery data showed.
Additional lucky Powerball numbers
The rest of the top Powerball numbers chosen since 2015 are: No. 9, 13 times; No. 10 and No. 21, 10 times; No. 3, No. 5, No. 12, No. 17, No. 19, No. 25, 9 times.
Since 1992, No. 9, 80 times; No. 2, No. 11, No. 12, 74 times; No. 10, No. 18, No. 29, 72 times.
Common main draw numbers
The most common Powerball main draw numbers are: No. 26, 275 times; No. 16, 272 times; No. 41, 270 times; No. 22 and No. 32, 267 times; No. 28, 265 times; No. 42, 264 times; No. 23 and No. 40, 263 times.
Ways to win
Aside from the jackpot, there are various ways you can win when playing Powerball:
- 5 white balls in any order – $1 million cash prize
- 4 white balls in any order and the Powerball – $50,000
- 4 white balls in any order -$100
- 3 white balls in any order and the Powerball – $7
- 2 white ball in any order and the Powerball – $7
- 1 white ball and the Powerball – $4
- Powerball – $4
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