New data crunching reveals the numbers most (and least) likely to come up in winning lottery draws

It turns out that certain numbers come up in international lotteries way more often that others. While it should be completely random, and each number turn up an equal amount of times, that’s just not the case.

For example, according to new analysis, the number 16 is by far the most commonly drawn in winning lottery combinations, and 18 is the least common over the last year. The number 22 is the second most common number in lottery wins. 46 almost never comes up.

The team over at, an online gambling site, compared 1,500 winning draws across 15 international lotteries over the past year to see which numbers come up the most (and least) often.

The luckiest numbers:

    16 – drawn 191 times over the past 12 months

    22 – drawn 179 times

    28 – drawn 167 times

    37 – drawn 167 times

    6 – drawn 166 times

    3 – drawn 164 times

The unluckiest numbers:

    18 – drawn only four times over the past 12 months

    46 – drawn five times

    40 – drawn six times

    41 – drawn seven times

    32 – drawn eight times

    36 -drawn eight times

Of course you’re still not going to win the lottery. The odds of winning the 6/49 are roughly 1 in 14 million and as for Lotto Max, it’s even worse: 1 in 28.6 million according to MoneySense.

How to win bigger prizes

While playing those luckiest numbers may increase your odds slightly, there actually is a scientific way to increase your prize winnings in the off chance you hit the jackpot. Play numbers over 31.

That is because most people pick their favourite numbers for sentimental reasons. They play loved ones’ birthdays. Since there are only 31 days in a month, far fewer people ever choose numbers higher than that. For that same reason the numbers 1 to 12 are among the most commonly played.

So, while numbers that cannot be calendar dates are not more likely to be drawn than any others, if you happen to win while playing them, you’ll be splitting the prize money with fewer other people.

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