My Lucky Numbers


Those were my lucky numbers whenever I played big-dollar lottery games. Maybe lucky is not the right word, since lucky usually indicates a desired outcome.

Those numbers never produced anything lucky for me. I came up with those numbers based on some strange sequence produced by the number of made Nerf basketball goals. I can't remember specifically, it was a long time ago, I was much younger, and I think a bottle of Schnapps was involved.

Quick Picks

I no longer use those numbers in the rare instances that I play games like Powerball or Mega Millions. I am one of the vast majority who just go with the computer-driven quick picks. I mean, any number that is picked is going to have exactly the same chance as any other number getting picked...right?

Law of Averages?

That's what the laws of statistics will state, but what about the Law of Averages? This basically states that sooner or later a particular outcome will finally catch up to its probability of happening.

No, it's not based on science. But, a coin that flips on 'heads' five times in a row is bound to have a string of 'tails' about to happen. A man and wife have four kids, all girls, surely the law of averages would suggest a boy is next. Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn had no luck at all against the Yankee's slugger in the movie 'Major League', but he was overdue and the law of averages gave him a strike out when he needed it most.

So...if you're one of those that buys into the laws of averages, you may want to consider bumping off one quick pick to choose these numbers that are the most overdue to be drawn for the July 11 Mega Millions Jackpot ($500 million) and the July 12 Powerball Jackpot ($725 million)

Mega Millions Most Overdue Numbers (according to

  • 10 - Last drawn on September 20, 2022
  • 56 - Last drawn on December 16, 2022
  • 50 - Last drawn on February 3, 2023
  • 58 - Last drawn on February 10, 2023
  • 30 - Last drawn on February 21, 2023
  • 59 - Last drawn on March 10, 2023

Powerball Most Overdue Numbers (according to

  • 21 - Last drawn on December 7, 2022
  • 8 - Last drawn on February 18, 2023
  • 40 - Last drawn on March 4, 2023
  • 13 - Last drawn on March 6, 2023
  • 14 - Last drawn on March 18, 2023
  • 27 - Last drawn on March 22, 2023

So, there you go. If you believe in the law of averages, feel free to go with these overdue numbers. Or maybe you're on the other end of the spectrum and believe there are reasons these balls don't get frequently picked, like maybe those balls are heavier, lighter, or cursed.

Whatever your thoughts, just remember according to statistics your chances of winning the big jackpot hover around 1 in 300,000,000.

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