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5 Fun Methods to Find Lucky Numbers for the Lottery

A popular way to pick lottery numbers is to use numbers that feel lucky to you. Many people find this more fun and satisfying than just letting a computer quick pick your numbers.

If you don’t already have numbers that resonate with you, here are five ways to find lucky numbers for the lottery (or for any other use).

Go With Traditional Lucky Numbers

In many places in the world, the chances are that when you think about lucky numbers, the first one that jumps into your head is the number seven. According to a poll run by mathematician Alex Bellos, seven is the most popular lucky number in the world.

Given its popularity, maybe it’s no surprise that there are seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven continents, seven seas, and many important ways that the number seven is used.

Other traditional lucky numbers include three (as in “good things come in threes”) and four.

Remember that there’s a disadvantage to using traditional lucky numbers as your lottery numbers: a lot of other people will be using them, too. That means that if your numbers do win, your chances of having to split the jackpot are high.

Play Your Personal Lucky Numbers

Another way to play your lottery ticket is to go with numbers that have a personal meaning for you. For example, your lucky number might be your birthday, your wedding anniversary, or the birthdays of your kids and/or grandkids.

Dates aren’t the only numbers with personal meanings, though. You might also consider whether the number of kids you have or the house number of your childhood home feel lucky to you.

When it comes to picking lottery numbers, dates have a similar problem as popular numbers: many people play them. On the other hand, dates often show up among the most popular lottery numbers, so it might make sense to play them, anyway.

Use Numerology to Pick Lucky Numbers

Numerology is the belief that numbers resonate in a way that gives them spiritual properties. By decoding these resonations, you can pick lucky numbers and even lucky days for playing the lottery and for other purposes.

There are a lot of different ways to use numerology to find lucky numbers. One of these is to create a table with the numbers 1 – 9 at the top and one letter in each column below. So A = 1, B = 2, and so on. After the ninth letter, I, you’d wrap around again so that J = 1, K = 2, and so on.

You can then plug in the letters of your name to get one digit for each letter. Add those digits together to end up with a lucky number. You can do this for your first and last name, or for the consonants or the vowels in your name.

If you prefer, you could also take the names of loved ones, phrases from your favorite books, or whatever else resonates.

Play around until you find a combination that feels lucky to you.

Horoscopes: Lucky Numbers for Today

If you’d like to find lucky numbers without having to play around with numbers yourself, your daily horoscope is a good place to turn.

Many horoscopes include predictions of which days will be lucky for you (and you can try playing the lottery on those days). They also include a list of lucky numbers for the day, week, or month.

If you’d like to find some lucky numbers from online horoscopes, check out these sites:

  • Lucky Numbers Horoscope
  • Scientific Psychic
  • Astrostar

And don’t forget that fortune cookies often include lucky numbers as well!

Lucky Number Generators

The simplest way to find lucky numbers to play is simply to use a generator. Lucky number generators use numerology, or perhaps simply randomness, to find numbers for you.

If you’d like to give a lucky number generator a try, here are a few to pick from:

  • Ask the Oracle
  • Formology
  • Lottery Pros

Go With Your Intuition

Sometimes, it’s fun to let your subconscious do the work. If you want to let your intuition pick your lucky numbers for you, try finding a quiet place to sit with a pencil and some paper. Close your eyes, clear your mind, and take some deep breaths.

Then let one number after another come to mind, and write them down without judgment. When you have enough, check them out and see what you think. If you don’t like any of the numbers, try again until you get a set you like.

A Warning About Lottery Strategies

Finding and playing lucky numbers can be a lot of fun. However, remember that like all lottery systems, they don’t really give you an edge in winning a jackpot.

Mathematically, every number has an equal chance of being chosen as a winner. Past performance does not affect future performance. These tips are meant for entertainment purposes. Have fun with them, and never gamble more money than you can afford to lose!

If you’d like some more ways to feel luckier, find out what science says about luck or read about the weird origins of some of our common lucky superstitions.

Want to be luckier? Here are five fun ways to come up with your own personal lucky numbers. Use them to play the lottery or for any other purposes.

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 Lottoland 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.

    EuroMillions

    In the big European draw, numbers 50, 44, 23, 19 and 4 have appeared the most. The difference between the most drawn (50) and least drawn (46) is 49.

    PowerBall

    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!

    MegaMillions

    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.

    Irish Lotto

    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.

    Ironically, in this instance the Portuguese winner picked NONE of the most popular numbers and still won the maximum amount available – an important point to remember!

    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.

    Lucky Lottery Winners
    Winners Jackpot Lottery Winning Numbers
    Colin and Christine Weir €185 Million EuroMillions 17, 19, 38, 42, 45
    (Bonus: 9 + 10)
    Adrian and Gillian Bayford €190 Million EuroMillions 50, 21, 17, 48, 11
    (Bonus: 9 and 10)
    Anon from Portugal €190 Million EuroMillions 3, 9, 20, 30, 42
    (Bonus: 1 & 6)
    Gloria MacKenzie $590 million Powerball 10, 13, 14, 22, 52
    (Bonus: 11)
    Lisa and John Robinson $327.8 million Powerball 04, 08, 19, 27, 34
    (Bonus: 10)
    David and Carol Martin £33 million UK Lotto 26, 27, 46, 47, 52, 58
    Syndicate from Carlow €18.9 million Irish Lotto 4, 12, 26, 27, 29, 37
    (Bonus: 38)

    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:

    Lucky Numbers

    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.

    We take four of the most popular lotteries and discover which ‘lucky lottery numbers’ are drawn most often, and try to discover the luckiest numbers. ]]>