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Study looks at frequent numbers that pop up in the lotto

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

You have heard the saying "liars figure, but figures don't lie." Well, it is probably true.

The chance of winning a Powerball jackpot is more than 1 in 175 million. There is always somebody that thinks they can beat the system.

Whether it's your wedding anniversary, your birthday, your child's birthday or the date of another event that's important to you, people typically pick random numbers, because as any state lottery official will tell you, every number drawn is completely random.

And while that may be true, VCU statistical sciences professor and self professed math geek, D'Arcy Mays, believes with a database of enough winning numbers, there is at least the possibility of seeing patterns develop.

That by no means will guarantee a win, but might up the odds a little, especially in the smaller games like Pick 3 or Pick 4.

Dr. Min Su Kim, professor of statistics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana doesn't mess with the small games. He's compiled a computer database of 10 years of winning Powerball numbers and the frequency at which they appear.

If the game is completely random, he argues all numbers should be drawn at approximately the same rate, but they don't.

The Powerball consists of five white balls and one red powerball.

Dr. Kim says the most frequently drawn powerball for the past 10 years is 20 followed by 37, 2, 31 and 35. As for the white balls, the most frequently appearing number is 42 closely followed by 16, 35, 26 and 19.

Powerball drawings are Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m. and Mega Millions are Tuesdays and Fridays.

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