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October 23, 2009

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Great question, J. Thanks for sending it in! I’ve addressed the odds involved in Powerball several times here in the blog, and here are a couple of entries that I think provide a good overview of the topic for you:

http://www.ialotteryblog.com/2009/03/about-the-odds-in-powerball-.html
http://www.ialotteryblog.com/2009/03/one-more-thought-about-powerball-odds-.html

Bottomline, it’s completely random as to when a particular number is selected in the game. No one can predict when a number will come up next. A number may be selected a lot within a short period of time (for example, 24 was the Powerball number in back-to-back drawings in January of this year) and then not be drawn again for some time. That’s just part of the random nature of the game.

Why hasn't the #24 ball been dropped for the powerball since last January?

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As the lottery’s vice president of external relations, I’m a member of the senior management team at the Iowa Lottery, where I’ve worked since 1999. I’ve spent my years at the lottery learning as much as I can about all the ins and outs of the lottery industry. I’ll put that knowledge to work here so I can share the behind-the-scenes details with you!