The luckiest lottery numbers in the world

A new study has revealed the numbers that have been drawn in lotteries around the world most often in the past 12 months, and the luckiest lottery number of all is apparently number 16. So what else made the draw? And should you focus your picks on these lucky numbers?

The research, from Jackpot.com revealed the luckiest numbers around the world as:

16 - drawn 191 times
22 - drawn 179 times
28 - drawn 167 times
37 - drawn 167 times
6 - drawn 166 times
3 - drawn 164 times

If you believe that numbers can be lucky, therefore, the idea of picking these numbers might appeal.

If, on the other hand, you subscribe to the notion of a number being 'overdue' when it hasn't been picked very often, then you might think these numbers have already had their chance. In that case, the ones you're interested in are those that haven't been drawn recently.

The researchers also focused in on Euromillions in order to identify those numbers chosen the fewest times - the least picked numbers are:

18 - drawn four times
46 - drawn five times
40 - drawn six times
41 - drawn seven times
32 - drawn eight times
36 - drawn eight times

Is this wise?

Of course, if you opt for either of these approaches, then logic, maths and probability would tend to indicate that you're barking up the wrong tree. Each time a number is picked there's an exactly equal chance of each number being chosen, so no number is luckier than any other - or more likely to be drawn.

All that you're doing by picking these numbers, is increasing your chances of picking exactly the same ones as a huge number of other people. If you end up picking the jackpot-winning numbers, you are then stuck sharing the winnings with loads of other people - and end up with far less cash than you were expecting.

In fact, this is a recurring problem with using any pattern to pick your numbers. If you opt for birthdays, you are focusing your picks on the first 31 numbers - which is where most people pick from. Likewise, if you chose numbers in a line, or from a particular part of the game card, you'll fall into the same pattern as far too many other people.

Even if you consciously try to fly in the face of an established pattern - and choose numbers around the edges of the card, or only those numbers over 31, then you'll end up with the same numbers as other people who are doing the same thing.

The only way to avoid this bias altogether is to play a lucky dip ticket - where the numbers are chosen at random. It won't increase your chances of winning - it will simply reduce your chances of having to share any winnings with too many other people.

The only way to guarantee you don't lose, meanwhile, is not to play at all, and to save your cash for something far more reliable.

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Biggest UK lottery winners
Biggest UK lottery winners

Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.
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