Powerball is an American lottery game sold through lotteries as a shared jackpot pool game. Each participant purchases as ticket. Each player selects five numbers from a set of 59 (white balls) and one number from a set of 39 (the Powerball). Players can either select their numbers on their own or they can elect to have them randomly selected by a machine. At the time of the drawing, five balls are drawn from a machine containing white balls numbered 1 through 59. One red ball is picked from another machine containing red balls numbered 1 through 39; these become the official winning numbers. Tickets which match at least three white balls and/or the red Powerball are winners.

Now that you have basic idea of how the game works, we get back to the original topic: Can you learn the pattern of the numbers? At first, all of this seems random, Right? A double millionaire in this game suggests studying the past outcomes in Powerball game to improve odds of winning in the future. Let’s take this advice (he has won twice!) and study the past of this games to unravel the mystery, this might involve a bit of Statistics so bear with me:

We will look at the 100 Powerball draws in the month of May of 2010. Within the 100 draws of the Powerball, 70 draws did not result in consecutive numbers. This is what one would expect according to statistical analysis. Just like in the tossing of a coin there is 50-50 percent chance of getting a head of tail. Similarly, in Powerball draws there were, one can say that there was 70-30 chance that the draw would not result in consecutive numbers. So, there seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

That was all theory. Now let’s see what reality has to say: If you look at the results and look for consecutives, it comes out to the same 70-30 statistical norm. But there is one more occurrence to be mentioned: In the 100 draws there were 26 had two consecutive against the theoretical expectation of 27. So collectively, 96 out of 100 draws were either no consecutives or exactly two consecutives.

So, in 10 weeks, you can expect the winning Powerball number to have no consecutive numbers or only two in 9 times. So the bottom line of all this statistical mumbo jumbo is this: Bet on either,

• All Non-Consecutive numbers, OR

• Only Two Consecutive numbers.