The chances of winning the lottery are about one in 300 million. Although the odds may not be in any individual's favor, that doesn't mean you can't do more to up your chances of winning, like buying multiple tickets or playing every draw.
Instead of picking a meaningful date, like a birthday or anniversary, it's a no-brainer to select the most common winning lottery numbers to boost your odds. According to USA Mega, the most common numbers drawn since October 17, 2017, are one, two, 28, 70, 14, 17, and 42, The Independent reports. One was drawn 18 times; two, 28, and 70 were all drawn 12 times; and 14, 17, and 42 were drawn 11 times.
The most common Mega Ball numbers are 22 and nine, which both came up seven times. Meanwhile, stay clear of 63, 57, 36, and nine when choosing your first five numbers; these appeared only three times, and 50 was only selected twice. It could also help to live in one of the top lottery-winning states.
The Powerball and Mega Millions combined jackpot hit $2 billion this week—making it the largest prize in U.S. lottery history, CNN reports. So there might not be a better time to buy a $2 ticket, cross your fingers, and select these numbers. Of course, there's no guarantee that choosing these digits will win you the lotto since past frequency doesn't determine what numbers come next. In the meantime, check out these 13 things lotto winners won't tell you.