Powerball Winner Brad Duke’s Lottery System

Q. What is the easiest way to pick very strong lottery numbers to play? Have you ever heard of the Brad Duke lottery system?

brad duke lottery systemOK, first some quick background. Brad Duke was a Powerball winner back in 2005. He won the headline grabbing Powerball jackpot of $220 Million, and after choosing the lump sum payout he more than happily banked $85 Million.

In an interview with Fortune Magazine in 2007 Brad revealed the incredible lottery system that was responsible for his big win.

Don’t worry, I’ll reveal exactly how it works right here.

Here’s what Brad did.

The Brad Duke Lottery System

First he took the last 6 months of Powerball results. Then he figured out the 15 most commonly drawn numbers from those results.

Then he used a wheeling system to combine those 15 numbers together.

In a nutshell, that’s it.

Here’s what is missing from Brad’s explanation though.

Firstly, he doesn’t tell us what kind of wheel he is playing. Is it an abbreviated wheel (potentially fairly cheap), or a full wheel (very expensive indeed for 15 numbers!). He also doesn’t tell us if he’s playing one Powerball number or covering all of them!

Secondly, he doesn’t say how many tickets he’s buying.

You can deduce from his comments though what the likely answer is when he says things ‘got bigger and more complex’.

So he actually started buying a lot more tickets, and as a result won more small prizes.

This, of course, is not a revolutionary lottery system. (Win Lotto Systems is based on the simple premise of ‘buy more tickets, and win more small prizes, while you wait for a big win’).

The Numbers Bit

If you play Brad’s system, you may want to arrange yourself a bank loan first…

Because even if you ignore the Powerball number, there are still 3,003 ways to arrange your 15 most drawn numbers. Cover every Powerball number on top of those and you’ve just bought over 105,000 tickets… feeling rich yet..?

So if for one very charitable moment we assume that analysing those past results actually worked, you still have to either stomach spending $210,000 on Powerball tickets and hoping you’re right – or choose a small amount of those combinations and hope you don’t eliminate the winning one.

Did Brad buy $210,000 of tickets for that draw? No.

Does playing the 15 most drawn numbers from the last 6 months even improve your chances of winning one jot anyway? No.

The Reality Check

The important thing to learn from Brad’s story, is this.

Brad Duke won the Powerball because… he was damn lucky. One of the hundreds(?) of tickets he bought for that draw just happened to be the winning combination.

Now he may believe that combination was more likely to come up. But that doesn’t make it true.

Remember: if the lottery was predictable in this way, it would not be random. And that would put the well paid Powerball Execs in a whole heap of legal trouble – illegal lotteries are not well liked by the legal system!

Still don’t believe me?

Think of it this way. Every week millions of players all over the world do similar analysis, over all kinds of different time periods – but never win!

That very same draw when Brad won the jackpot, hundreds of thousands of Powerball tickets would have been bought by people doing similar analysis to him.

So why didn’t they all share the jackpot? Because they weren’t lucky like Brad Duke!

Back To The Question…

So the idea of strong or weak lottery numbers is a total nonsense. They just don’t exist. There are winners and losers – but we only discover which ones those are after the draw is over and done.

Despite that, there are endless pointless lottery systems that are based entirely on analyzing past results. Do they work? No.

There is no secret formula to guaranteed winnings. No winner who can tell you the secret to how to pick the best numbers.

There is a very limited range of things you can do to improve your chances of winning (and I’ll happily give you those lottery tips and tricks for free).

But does that stop the lottery being fun to play? Of course not.

Good luck in the next draw, however you pick your numbers.

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35 Comments so far ↓

  • Mickey

    Here is a tip, although the numbers could be 9,8,7,6,5 don’t play em, it’s highly unlikely it will win.

    • LG

      Hi Mickey

      But the fact is that combination is only exactly as unlikely as any other combination. Just because it makes a pattern doesn’t make those balls less likely to pop out of the machine.

      You might want to avoid it anyway though, because lots of people play consecutive numbers — and sharing a jackpot with a 1,000 people isn’t quite as much fun 🙂

  • Laban

    Thank you Lottery-Guy. I almost fell 4 the trick. I was looking for a “perfect software”. At least now I know the truth.

  • Martin Singh

    Hi Please can Brad Duke please make contact with me regarding business in the UK. Seeking work in US.

    Many Thanks
    Martin Singh
    +44 (0) 751 719 4449

  • John Goodman

    True winning the lottery is luck but there are ways to reduce the odds. Take for example playing the same winning numbers as last week. How many times have winning numbers from the previous week repeated. Zero. In fact, previous jackpot winning numbers may not have repeated for over 20 years. So a system that eliminates such a combination helps. Such a reduction in odds will not likely get you the jackpot but it eliminates unlikely numbers. But I still agree that lottery winning is 99.99999 luck.

    • LG

      Hi John

      Last weeks winning numbers are unlikely to be drawn this week. But only exactly as unlikely as every other combination. Just like when you roll a dice, you still have the same 1-in-6 chance of getting the same number again. So this is not actually a valid technique to reduce the odds I’m afraid.

      It actually already happened too in one game. See this blog post about the repeat lottery numbers in Bulgaria. It was literally 2 draws in a row.

  • John Goodman

    Reason why I do not believe in these so called lottery winning systems is that if I have one I will not sell it for any price. I will be too busy winning lotteries and spending the money on myself and charities that I will not be begging people to become winners by buying my system for $19.99.

  • Larry Andrews

    Don’t all lotteries use multiple sets of balls which makes it even more random? Has anyone tried to find a pattern within a certain set? Not that the lotteries let us know in advance of the drawing which set they are using.

    • LG

      They also change balls, service things, change parts etc without telling us. So there is an awful lot of random going on.

      There’s a huge amount of believe who believe they can track patterns and predict them though, but as yet nobody has actually been able to prove it…

  • Marjan Novotni

    Lottery Guy, in random events the more you repeat your experiments the closer and closer you come to the theoretical probability. If I roll a dice 6 times I should see 1,2,3,4,5,6 all appear once in theory, but of course this may not happen. But I roll that dice 1000 times, 10000000 times the closer and closer the numbers come out as 1/6! So in lotteries we should see every combination come out once at least!

    • LG

      Yes, eventually. (Although not sure what this was in response to..?)

      Although I’d slightly disagree with the ‘should’ in your dice example. ‘Could’ perhaps, but not ‘should’ :-).

  • Rule Let

    I have always questioned lottery systems that so-call work. I have studied lots. None actually giving me more than when I started. Currently trying to create my own system.
    I’m told that every game is random. I’m a look for patterns kind a gal, and some numbers do come in more than others. I question if some of these random games are randomly rigged.

    • LG

      Hey Rule

      Sadly most lottery systems and prediction software are based on poor understanding, or bad conclusions drawn from the evidence. The sellers of the worst of which really don’t care if they work or not, because they’ve banked your money by then 🙁

      The problem with random is that sometimes it doesn’t look that way. And in a proper random system, that’s normal — because all results are possible. Can you roll three 6’s in a row with a perfectly random dice – yes. But it shouldn’t happen too often.

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