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Statistics professor breaks down mistakes people make when they choose Powerball numbers

Statistics professor breaks down mistakes people make when they choose Powerball numbers

A statistics professor says many people who pick their own Powerball numbers make similar mistakes that reduce their odds of winning. (Source: FOX 8 Graphic) A statistics professor says many people who pick their own Powerball numbers make similar mistakes that reduce their odds of winning. (Source: FOX 8 Graphic)
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A statistics professor says many people who pick their own Powerball numbers make similar mistakes that reduce their odds of winning.

"Most people will tend to pick numbers that have special meaning to them. Those type of numbers are often the ages of their children or the birthdates," said Grand Valley State University statistics professor John Gabrosek. "A birthdate can't be past the 31st day of the month. So, people tend not to pick numbers in the 40s, 50s and 60s." Gabrosek suggests you pick numbers in the 40s, 50s and 60s to maximize your chance of winning.

Odds of winning Wednesday's record $1.5 billion dollar Powerball jackpot are worse than in the past. The multi-state Lottery Commission added more numbers to choose from in 2015. The new system changed the odds from one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million.

You can watch the reveal of winning numbers for Powerball jackpots Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. on FOX 8.

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