# Will picking 2 sequential numbers like 25-26 help you win Powerball or MegaMillions Inspired by u/SnooWords9664 post, this is analysis of the first 5 (white) balls of Powerball and Mega Millions winning draws. To recap, it appears that quick picked tickets often have two consecutive numbers like 13-25-26-54-64. So the question is whether this is a good thing or not. Is it rigged, does it ruin your chances of winning? Well, I don’t know. But the following results show that its not a bad thing. apparently 1 number differences are the most frequent to appear in winning draws.

How to read the data: for example: 1 = 7.62 %

• The first number (1) is the difference between two balls. For example 21 and 22 have a 1 number difference.

• The second number (7.62) is the percent of times it occurred in the data set.

Powerball current iteration (7th) Powerball all iterations (1-7) Mega Millions current iteration (6th) Mega Millions all iterations (1-6)
2 = 7.76 % 1 = 9.22 % 1 = 7.01 % 1 = 9.21 %
1 = 7.62 % 2 = 8.79 % 2 = 6.94 % 2 = 7.78 %
3 = 6.90 % 3 = 8.00 % 6 = 5.97 % 3 = 7.16 %
4 = 5.72 % 4 = 7.07 % 5 = 5.75 % 4 = 6.63 %
7 = 5.63 % 5 = 6.59 % 8 = 5.30 % 5 = 6.14 %
5 = 5.13 % 7 = 5.98 % 4 = 5.22 % 6 = 5.95 %
6 = 4.90 % 6 = 5.69 % 10 = 4.40 % 7 = 5.27 %
10 = 4.72 % 8 = 5.39 % 11 = 3.81 % 8 = 4.81 %
9 = 4.31 % 10 = 4.41 % 13 = 3.73 % 9 = 4.68 %
8 = 3.95 % 9 = 4.39 % 7 = 3.73 % 10 = 4.31 %
12 = 3.54 % 11 = 3.72 % 9 = 3.58 % 11 = 3.98 %
14 = 2.99 % 12 = 3.60 % 12 = 3.43 % 12 = 3.53 %
11 = 2.99 % 13 = 3.08 % 15 = 3.43 % 13 = 3.38 %
13 = 2.95 % 14 = 2.73 % 14 = 3.21 % 14 = 3.07 %
18 = 2.72 % 15 = 2.44 % 20 = 2.46 % 15 = 2.78 %

These are the top 15 differences ranked in occurance, If you want to see the full list, I uploaded it to pastebin: https://pastebin.com/F7dfmjYs

My (unscientific) thoughts: This results actually seem a bit strange. Maybe I just don’t understand them properly, but it seems unnatural to me how the differences are so close to being in sequential order.