In Powerball, five main numbers from a pool of 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26 are randomly drawn. There are two ways in which Powerball players can enter their numbers in a bid to secure the latest multimillion-dollar prize or win in any of the other eight prize tiers. They can either select their own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick.
Picking your own numbers can often create a greater sense of confidence and will help players to remember what they played when it comes to checking the results. Players may decide to use birthdays, addresses or other numbers which have a personal significance, or simply use a sequence of numbers which is easy to learn, such as 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50. It is estimated that around 20 to 30 percent of participants choose their own Powerball numbers.
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This method sees a computer-generated set of numbers randomly created in an instant and is available online and from all authorised Powerball retailers in the USA. This is an ideal choice for players who are struggling to decide which numbers to use, or would rather just trust their luck.
The majority of players put their faith in a computer to select their numbers, with an estimated 70 to 80 percent of all Powerball tickets sold being Quick Picks.
The number of winners reflects how participants play the game, with around 70 to 80 percent of prizes collected by players who have opted for the Quick Pick ticket option. This shows that regardless of whether players choose to select their own numbers or use a Quick Pick, the odds of winning remain the same for both groups. Whether you include your children's birthdays on your Powerball ticket or leave it all to chance with a random entry, your odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338, with the chances of winning a reward in any prize tier set at 1 in 24.87.
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