The red No. 18 Powerball, drawn again Saturday night, has been selected three times in the past nine drawings, dating back to Dec. 28. No other red ball has been duplicated this year.
As the next Powerball jackpot approaches $400 million, many lottery players are asking one question ... What's up with that red No. 18 ball?
The red No. 18 Powerball, drawn again Saturday night, has been selected three times in the past nine drawings, dating back to Dec. 28.
It's also the fourth time it has come out since Nov. 30, following just three other occasions in 2019.
No other red ball has been duplicated this year.
No one matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing, although one Florida player won $50,000 after matching four of the first five numbers, plus the Powerball.
It is the 23rd time the current game has had a jackpot rollover.
Wednesday's jackpot of $394 million stands as the 18th largest Powerball jackpot in history and the 28th largest of any lottery game played across the U.S.
Wednesday night's drawing takes place at 10:59 p.m.
Looking for an edge?
First, consider the red No. 18 Powerball. Will it ... or won't it?
The most common red Powerball ball drawn since the current phase (26 balls) of the game began on Oct. 7, 2015, has been the No. 21 (drawn 25 times), followed by the No. 24 (drawn 22 times). The No. 18 ranks 12th in that time period, having been drawn, yes, 18 times, according to the LottoNumbers.com website.
The white ball most frequently selected over the past 30 drawings is the No. 59 (six times), while the No 67 has come out five times, according to the LotteryCorner website.
Several numbers have been chosen four times: 3, 14, 15, 23, 26, 35, 39, 53, 63 and 68.
Looking to avoid a number? The Nos. 10, 13, 34, 45 and 47 have not been selected over the past 30 drawings.
But maybe they're due.
How to play Powerball
It will cost you $2 for a basic ticket.
Select five numbers from 1 through 69 in the upper play area, or mark the QP (quick pick) box and let the terminal randomly pick some or all of your numbers.
Select your Powerball number from 1 through 26 in the lower play area, or mark the QP box for the terminal to randomly select your Powerball number.
To multiply your consolation prizes, select the Power Play box. Power Play costs $1 more per play.
All prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable drawing date.