Oct 13

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 birthdays 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?

See Powerball.net for Quick Pick vs Choosing Your Own Numbers for the the Powerball lottery.

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.

by Sadie Walton
Updated December 6th, 2018

Sep 13

No Buns But Plenty of Dough for $399.4 Powerball Winner

Powerball NewsTuesday September 24 2013 – The owner of the winning Powerball ticket worth nearly $400 million has come forward to claim their prize but has opted to remain anonymous.

The ticket was purchased at a Murphy Express gas station on Monday September 16; two days before the draw which saw the Quick Pick ticket correctly match all five numbers and the Powerball.

The winner, who lives in the Columbia area, originally went into the gas station after his wife called him and told him to pick up some hot dog buns. Unfortunately, Murphy’s doesn’t sell hot dog buns but while browsing the man noticed signs advertising the $400 million Powerball jackpot and decided to buy $20 worth of tickets instead.

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

Although the winner has chosen to stay anonymous, he did have a chat to South Carolina Lottery officials when he claimed his prize yesterday. He told them he first realised he had won the jackpot the day after the draw on Thursday, and he had danced around his kitchen in celebration! As he was alone in the household, all he could do that day was tell his little dog about his tremendous good fortune, made even more special by the fact that this was only the second time he had played the lottery!

The Murphy Express gas station will be celebrating the hot dog lover’s good fortune too as they’ll now receive a check for $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Sadly we’re unlikely to find out anything further about this lucky man as South Carolina is one of six states which allow lottery winners to keep their anonymity by law. LotteryWorld would like to wish him, his wife and his little dog the very best of luck and hope they enjoy their new found wealth.

In Other Lottery News

While the estimated Powerball jackpot on Wednesday is worth just $50 million, tonight’s Mega Millions draw is the one to get excited about. The top prize is estimated at $160 million after rolling over since the end of July and is the second largest seen on the Mega Millions this year so far.

To read more about the Mega Millions, Powerball and other state lotteries, visit Lottery.net.

by Sadie Walton
Updated July 4th, 2018