Mega Millions Jackpot: What Are The Lucky Numbers?

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Mega Millions jackpot tonight is $640 million–the biggest payoff ever.

Yes, you could play your kids’ birthdays, or your anniversary, or some similar combination.

But that’s for amateurs!

With more than a half billion dollars at stake, you need to take a harder look at the numbers.

What are the most common numbers drawn in the Mega Millions?

According to the hottest numbers in the past 50 drawings are: 4, 29, 36 and 48. The number 29 has been selected nine times, while 4, 36 and 48 have hit eight times. 3, 24, 26, 30, 35 and 51 have each been selected seven times.

Since June 2005, the most common numbers are: 12, 27, 31, 36, 48, 51, 52 and 53.

The number 48 is the most popular number, selected 83 times. 36 and 53 were picked 74 times. The numbers 12, 51, 27, 31, and 52 were each chosen 72 times.

As for the Mega Ball, the four most common numbers picked since 2005 are 36, 9, 7, and 35, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

None of this changes your actual odds of winning, which are 1 in 175,711,536. The chances of you having to share the jackpot with other players will increase with a higher than usual number of people expected to play.

If you want to know which numbers are least popular (think: overdue) since 2005: 41 and 49. In past 50 drawings: 11, 12, 14, 41 and 55 (each picked once).

There are mobile phone apps that can help you crunch the numbers, too. The 99 cent Lottery Analysis Pro is available through iTunes.

For Android, you can shop for a variety of lottery tools, too.

There are things in life that actually have higher odds: like picking all the games correctly in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

That’s never been done. Somebody, someday, will win this lottery.

So whether you pick your own lucky numbers, leave it to the machines or try to play the “system,” good luck!

  • Guy

    If the Mega Millions Lotto is worth 1/2 of a billion dollars, why is the state of Illinois still in debt? Something does add up.

    • DW

      something like 42 states are involved in this mega million

  • Guy

    Something DOES NOT add up!

  • sis

    Guy, I was thinking the same thing. On this Lotto game I would like a public accounting on what our state recieved and where the money will go to. I think this is news, real news. I think a news outlet should track and monitor the fund from the lotto and show the public where it goes, along with other income for the state and the city. It should be easy to read and done monthly, the yearly thing we get is too much. The first word out of our politicians mounths will be that’s what we elect them for. Not that I want to burst anyones bubble, but we don’t trust the lot of you and we are sure you are playing with our money.

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  • Jim

    The lottery money goes to our “schools”. That is why we have the best “schools” in the nation. Now just replace “schools” with “unions” and you will know where the money goes.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @Jim – well said!!!

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    Part of the Ponzi that the state plays is to strongly encourage winners to take distribution over 20 years which gives them deferral time to reallocate.

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