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Gail Howard's Number Picks for Powerball $230 Million Jackpot
Monday, March 10, 2008
Gail Howard's Number Picks for Powerball $230 Million Jackpot

By Gail Howard

Need help in picking the best Powerball numbers? America's favorite lottery game has an estimated jackpot of $230 million for Wednesday, March 12. To beat the odds of one in 146 million, you need more than luck. You need Smart Luck -- as in my lottery-playing strategies and Web site. Let's look at some smart ways to choose Powerball numbers for the drawing of March 12.

Since the Powerball number field was changed on Aug. 31, 2005, the five white balls are chosen from numbers 1 to 55; and the sixth number, the red ball, is chosen from numbers 1 to 42. The white balls and the red ball are drawn from two different number fields. So, we must analyze them as two separate lotto games, each with their own historical data.


When you add the five white Powerball winning numbers together, you get a sum.

The lowest possible sum is 15. (1+2+3+4+5 = 15)

The highest possible sum is 265 (51-52+53+54+55 = 265)

Although sums as low as 15 and as high as 265 are theoretically possible, the lowest sum of the five Powerball winning numbers drawn since this game began is 50. Only 8 of the drawings had a sum of 80 or lower. The highest sum ever was 230. Only 13 drawings had a sum above 200.

Seventy (70) percent of the sums of all the winning Powerball five white-ball combinations fall within the sum range of 104 to 176. Smart Luck is having the sum of your five white ball Powerball numbers add up to somewhere between 104 and 176, which is the 70-percent most probable range.

Checking the Bias Trackers in my Advantage Plus software, I see that there will be more even numbers than odd numbers; more high numbers (28 to 55) than low numbers (1 to 27); three hot numbers (out ten games or less). Favored last digits are 2 and 6; last digits due are 1, 3 and 9. A skip of 5 (out 5 games) is most due - which means a choice of any of these numbers: 9-12-22-36.

Using the Ten Game Group Count chart, I divided the 55 Powerball white balls into seven groups of eight numbers. The group with numbers 17 to 24 accounted for 26 percent of the all the winning numbers drawn for the past ten games. The poorest performing number group, numbers 33 to 40, accounted for only 8 percent of the winning numbers. The second poorest performing groups, numbers 41 to 46, accounted for 10 percent of the winning numbers drawn. Although one or two of the winning numbers could come from the 17 to 24 group, the Bias favors the poorest performing number groups.

Skip and Hit® Chart produced these number picks: 2-3-8-9-11-13-16-19-23-30-35-37-42-53-54-55.

Lotto Astro Scope Chart produced these number picks: 13-16-22-36-37-42-48-54-55.

Quick Stats produced these number picks: 08-12-13-14-22-26-27-30-35-38-40-42-43-45-50-54.

50-Game Hit Chart Hottest Numbers: 23-31-02-08-11-20-16-18-35-30-55.

50-Game Hit Chart Coldest Numbers: 45-50-36-44-51


The all-important Red Ball makes the difference between winning $200,000 or $230 million! (It also affects other prize categories.)

After the number field changed on Aug. 31, 2005, number 14 has been the hottest Red Ball number, with 13 hits. Next hottest were 37 with 11 hits and 5 with ten hits. Red Ball numbers with nine hits each were: 03-17-23.

Powerball Red Ball numbers with the fewest hits -- only two hits each -- were: 04 and 07. Next lowest ranking were 22-27-33-34-40 with three hits each.

One can never say a Powerball Red Ball is due for a win. Red Ball number 28 skipped 170 drawings between wins; and 14 other numbers have skipped one hundred or more drawings between wins.

The Lotto Astro Scope produced these numbers for the Red Ball: 03-19-32.

Dare I say that if I were to buy one Powerball ticket for the March 12 drawing, I would choose numbers 03-13-19-38-45 for the five white balls and 19 for the Mega Ball number.

Now if all the numbers I've mentioned are enough to confuse you so you can't decide which ones to play, then choose 22 of them, using the Free Interactive wheeling system on my Web site at Click on Free Stuff, then click on Free Wheels and scroll down to Balanced Wheel #3014 and click on the third button. Check 22 numbers between 1 and 55, and then click on Generate Combinations. That's all there is to it. Now, go win 230 million dollars with a Gail Howard system!


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Gail Howard is the author of "Lottery Master Guide" and other quality lottery books as well as lotto software with scientific strategies and easy-to-use systems to help the lottery player bet smarter.

Gail Howard

Smart Luck Publishers & Software

Las Vegas, Nevada

Phone : 800-945-4245

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