Some like to pick their numbers out of the thin air, while others use a combination of lucky numbers and dates that they hold dear. You can also use historical data to determine your numbers. In regard to using Mega Millions statistics for formulating a number sequence with, for example, only the most common numbers, or even numbers that are overdue, we can look at the number draw frequency. Each number has a unique number of drawings, and with the help of Mega Millions statistics we can look at the frequency during a certain period of time, or look at all drawings since day one.
There is a staggering difference between the most common and the most overdue number; number 17 and number 23 have been drawn 215 times, but number 67 has only been picked 21 times. This shows that the frequency of number 67 is just 10% in comparison with the most frequently picked numbers. Despite the fact that each number has the same odds mathematically, the results are showing certain patterns that you might want to pay attention to. When you look at number draw frequencies in the Mega Million statistics, you can use different tables and graphs to explore the numbers however you want.
When we look at the Mega Millions statistics, we can choose what date range we want in terms of number frequency, to establish the most common numbers. Since the beginning of 2005, the most common Mega Millions numbers have been 20, 31, 2, 51 and 17. Both number 20 and number 31 has been drawn 133 times, and number 2 and number 51 have both been drawn 132 times. Number 17 is right up there, with a total of 131 draws.
Another interesting aspect of Mega Millions statistics is to look at the most common pairs, both consecutive and inconsecutive. Number 43 and 44 have been drawn together 14 times, and that also goes for number 51 and 52. Other popular consecutive pairs are 35 / 36, 11 / 12 and 39 / 40. The inconsecutive pairs are slightly more common, with a frequency of 17 for 5 / 26, as well as 13 / 35, followed by 20 / 24, 19 / 24 and 18 / 31 that have been drawn 16 times. As you can see, there are many different ways we can look at the statistics and allow them to inspire us how we choose our own Mega Million numbers.
The first layer of statistics shows us the frequency of single numbers, and then we might also want to look at pairs that are most commonly drawn together. If we want to dig a little deeper and explore more complex patterns, we can use different number ranges and time periods as well. Statistics over the most common triplets and the most common consecutive triples are also used by some, although the frequency of the triplets are not that high. Even when we use statistics as an inspiration for our numbers, there tends to be an element of intuition and luck involved as well. So, if you are drawn to triplets, maybe that is exactly what you should go for.
You can sort the Mega Millions statistics as you wish, so perhaps you want to focus on the last 50 drawings, the last 100 drawings, or include all drawings – you have all data available to use to your own advantage, so be creative. For some people it is the most frequent numbers that are the most auspicious, while it can also be argued that those that are overdue should be the ones lined up for the next drawing. Remember that there is a difference between the numbers that are overdue and those that are least often picked.