Quick Picks vs. Picking Your Own Lottery Numbers – Which is Luckier?

Tuesday October 22 2013 – When playing the lottery, many players choose the same set of numbers in every draw. These numbers are often centred round key dates in the players’ life, such as birthdates or anniversaries. However, players can also opt to have their numbers automatically generated by choosing a Quick Pick option. This leads LotteryWorld to ask is one method luckier than the other?

Why Should I Buy A Quick Pick?

According to Powerball, Quick Picks are the most popular way of buying tickets with between 70% and 80% of players opting to do this. As you may expect from the law of averages, this means the majority of jackpot winning tickets come from Quick Picks, including the last three Powerball jackpot wins and the most recent Mega Millions jackpot win.

Quick Picks are popular as they generate numbers completely randomly, giving the player a better chance of covering the number matrix of that particular lottery. Given that the majority of special numbers chosen are linked to calendar dates and therefore picked from a smaller range of 1 – 31, there is an increased likelihood that should your numbers come up, you will be sharing the prize.

Although players opting for Quick Picks are less likely to share a prize, it is worth adding that Quick Picks are not necessarily unique and it is possible for the same batch of numbers to be chosen for other players. This occurred on August 7 2013, when the $448 million Powerball jackpot was shared by three ticket holders – two of whom had opted for Quick Picks.

Paul White - Powerball Winner image source http://www.mnlottery.com/

Paul White – Powerball Winner who won using a Quick Pick. Image source http://www.mnlottery.com/

Another popular reason for buying a Quick Pick is that it will generate totally different numbers for each draw, which can help build the anticipation for players. Those who play the same numbers every week can often become fatigued, making them less diligent in the storing of their ticket and may even mean that they stop checking the winning numbers from each draw.

Take for example UK player Martyn Tott (pictured below), who missed out on a £3 million UK Lotto jackpot by failing to store his ticket safely and check his numbers after every drawing. It was almost six months before his partner noticed that their numbers – the same numbers they use in every draw – had come up after an appeal was made on the local news.

Devestated Martyn Tott who appeared on the UK show GMTV to share his story

Their bad luck continued when they couldn’t find the ticket. Despite UK lottery organisers confirming that Tott did, at one point, own the winning ticket, they refused to pay his multi-million pound prize out as he no longer had the ticket as his proof of purchase.

Players who choose their own numbers can also be affected by circumstances beyond their control. The recent Mega Millions changes have meant that the Mega number pool has been reduced from 1 – 46 to 1 – 15, which has upset many player’s number systems.

One player from Washington, John Johnston, has found he will have to replace the number 33 that he has used in every draw for the past three years. Other players are considering defecting to Powerball to ensure they can continue to play the numbers they are so fond of.

Whichever method you use to play the lottery, it is clear that there are advantages and disadvantages with either method. What is guaranteed however, is that winning is down to luck – plain and simple. Players may have their preferences when it comes to buying their lottery tickets, but as to which method is luckiest? The jury’s still out.

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