If seven is known as a lucky number, then playing its multiples would be even luckier, right? It seems like a lot of people thought so in Wednesday night’s Powerball® drawing – and a lot of them won prizes.
I don’t know if you noticed, but 7, 14 and 21 all came up in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. The winning numbers that night were: 7-14-21-24-41 and Powerball 26. Someone who bought a ticket in California’s San Francisco Bay area won that night’s $228.5 million jackpot, and the number of winners overall was just off the charts.
You’ve heard me explain before that mathematical formulas in Powerball give general predictions of what the anticipated number of winning tickets will be in a particular drawing. And Wednesday night’s results didn’t stick to the predictions! There were 24 percent more winners than expected overall and 55 percent more prizes than anticipated at the game’s smaller prize levels. For example, 1,791 tickets across the country won $100 each by matching four of the first five winning numbers, and more than 447,000 tickets won $4 each for matching just the Powerball alone.
But that’s how it goes with the laws of random statistics – sometimes the numbers surprise you!
And just in case I’ve confused you, I do need to give this caveat: There really aren’t any lucky numbers when it comes to a game like Powerball – every number that’s played has just as much chance of being selected as the next one. But it is fun to watch what happens.
The Powerball jackpot returns to its starting level of $40 million annuity ($23.8 million cash) for tomorrow night’s drawing. Good luck on your tickets!