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Want to win Powerball? Try these numbers

How do you pick your lottery numbers?

Many people use birthdays, others use lucky numbers or their own system. There are almost as many ways of choosing lottery numbers as there are chances of winning it.

With a $800 million Powerball jackpot on the line Saturday night, millions of people will be trying to pick the winning combination.

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

Many players will look at the statistics. They will try to choose the numbers that come up most often.

For the Powerball, according to LottoNumbers.com, the most popular white ball numbers are 26, last drawn 57 days ago; 41, last drawn 19 days ago; 22, drawn eight days ago; 16 came up 15 days ago; 42 was drawn five days ago and 35, drawn 117 days ago.

LottoNumbers.com posted that the most picked Powerball is 20, last drawn 12 days ago. It is followed by 6, picked 22 days ago; 29, 208 days ago; 2, 40 days ago; 18 and 9, drawn 57 and 36 days ago.

Another approach is to look for numbers that have not come up in a while.

For the Powerball, the most overdue numbers include 1, 11, 34, 3, 35, 24.

Playing these numbers do not change your odds. Whether you choose your own numbers or play a quick pick, the odds are still 1 in 175,223,510 that you’ll collect the $700 million.

Ohio Winner

The last person to win the Powerball jackpot in Ohio was Mary Ann Thompson, of Conneaut, on July 9, 2014, according to lottery officials.

She bought the winning combination at a gas station in Conneaut. The winning numbers were 9, 25, 42, 55, 57. The Powerball number was 14.

Thompson won $124.9 million.

Big winner’s advice

Richard Lustig claims to be a seven-time lottery grand prize winner and author of "Learn How To Increase Your Chances of Winning The Lottery."

Lustig said one way to increase your chances of winning the lottery is simply by picking your own numbers versus using the quick-pick option.

"There's no magic method to picking your numbers, I get emails every day asking. One number doesn't win the jackpot, a set of numbers does," says Lustig.

Lustig believes that what matters is whether the set of numbers people pick is a good one or not.

"The research is not that easy, it takes some time. Anything in life that's worth having takes time," says Lustig.

One secret Lustig will share is that he believes picking the same numbers regularly, even if you are losing, gives you more edge in the next drawing.

Saturday's jackpot

If someone wins Saturday and chooses the $496 million immediate cash option, that would be $372 million after taxes.

Ticket holders have a 1 in 292.2 million chance in winning.

Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.

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