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PowerBall Numbers Most Selected and Number of Times Selected (Past 20 years)

The Powerball lottery has ballooned to 620 Million this week. Being the football stats guy, I figured I would take a look at the last 20 years of PowerBall data to see which numbers show up the most and the least in the winning lottery tickets. White Ball numbers in the 50s and 60s have not been around as long as the others. Therefore, the 50s and 60s white balls had to be averaged based on the number of years in existence. Here they are:

PowerBall Numbers Most Selected and Number of Times Selected (Past 20 years)

20 – 69 times selected

2 – 65 times selected

6 – 65 times selected

17 – 61 times selected

9 – 60 times selected

15 – 60 times selected

11 – 59 times selected

23 – 59 times selected

14 – 58 times selected

18 – 58 times selected

PowerBall Numbers Least Selected and Number of Times Selected (Past 20 years)

4- 44 times selected

22- 46 times selected

7- 47 times selected

3 – 49 times selected

16 – 49 times selected

12 – 50 times selected

26 – 50 times selected

10 – 51 times selected

21 – 53 times selected

19 – 54 times selected

White Ball Numbers Most Selected and Number of Times Selected (Past 20 years)

64- 240 times selected

32 – 215 times selected

41 – 209 times selected

16 – 208 times selected

40 – 205 times selected

26 – 201 times selected

20 – 201 times selected

62 – 200 times selected

39 – 199 times selected

5 – 198 times selected

White Ball Numbers Least Selected and Number of Times Selected (Past 20 years)

PowerBall Numbers Most Selected and Number of Times Selected (Past 20 years)

5 Ways to Spend the Powerball Jackpot in World Football

World Football Lead Writer January 14, 2016 Comments Comment Bubble Icon

5 Ways to Spend the Powerball Jackpot in World Football

Money is power, as the saying goes, and that’s as true in world football as it is anywhere else. The best teams tend to pay the best wages, and the rich only tend to get richer with each passing season.

So when we heard that three winners are set to split the massive Powerball lottery jackpot in the United States, according to USA Today, we got to thinking: What if those three decided to spend their cash in world football?

Would they buy the world’s best players? How about some choice tickets? Maybe even a club?

For our purposes, we converted the $1.6 billion jackpot to £1.1 billion (or €1.467 billion) based on the latest conversion rates.

For the rest, you’ll have to keep reading.

A Half-Dozen Messis

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi recently captured a record fifth Ballon d’Or and is thus the reigning best player in the world. At just 28, Messi still has plenty of time left in his career and is a priceless asset for his club.

Sure, he’s one-of-a-kind. But is he really priceless?

According to a study conducted last year by the International Centre for Sports Studies (h/t ESPN FC), Messi is the world’s most valuable footballer at €220 million. By our calculations, then, the Powerball winners could buy themselves 6.67 Messis with their cash.

Or, if we use Transfermarkt’s estimate of €120 million, they could buy 12.22 of the Argentine maestros.

11 Cristianos

According to that same CIES study from 2015, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is worth €133 million.

That’s no small sum, but why the difference? Ronaldo is a hugely marketable star, but he’s on the wrong side of 30 and probably doesn’t have as much time left at the top of the game as Messi. At least that’s the reasoning.

Still, €133 is a hefty price tag, and our Powerball winners could expect to buy just about 11 Cristianos with their winnings.

That total is potentially mouth-watering for anyone who’s ever wished they could field a side of 11 Ronaldos. Imagine the possibilities.

11 Million Arsenal Tickets

Manchester United and Arsenal made headlines recently when they froze season ticket prices in an effort to limit the high costs faced by supporters in following those teams, as reported by BBC Sport.

That was a nice move, but Arsenal’s most expensive matchday ticket still stands at £97, the highest in the Premier League. That’s more than just pocket change for many fans, but not for our Powerball winners.

At £97 each, £1.1 billion would buy 11,340,206 of those high-priced tickets. That’s enough to fill the 60,432-capacity Emirates Stadium more than 187 times.

Stan Kroenke’s ears just perked up somewhere in southern California.

One-Fifth Stake in Premier League TV Rights

Television rights for sporting events are big business around the world, and that’s certainly the case for the Premier League. In 2015, Sky and BT paid the league £5.1 billion for three seasons of rights to live TV coverage, according to BBC Sport.

Those are eye-watering numbers, even for three certain people with £1.1 billion lying around. Still, if that £1.1 billion went into TV rights, that would represent roughly 22 percent, or just over one-fifth of the business.

While that might not seem like a good move for some, the residual cashflow would be enormous from advertisements.

A Football Club, Anyone?

The last few slides were fun to think about, but let’s cut to the chase. If you’re a football fan and you had a billion dollars, pounds or euros lying about, you’d probably think about buying a club.

And you might just be in luck. That money could buy a pretty decent club, according to data released last month by the London School of Marketing.

In releasing their figures, the LSM noted: “The estimated figures for the clubs’ value represent how much a club would cost to buy outright, and takes into account revenue, assets, fan bases and brand partnerships as well as investments and celebrity players.”

So, which club would you buy?

Real Madrid top the list at £2.07 billion, meaning our Powerball winners could buy about half of the giant Spanish club. Manchester United, Barcelona and Manchester City also eclipse the £2 billion mark, with Bayern Munich following at £1.5 billion.

This is where the list gets interesting. With £1.1 billion, you’d be able to buy any of Chelsea (£870 million), Arsenal (£832 million), Liverpool (£624 million), Juventus (£531 million) or AC Milan (£492 million) with plenty of money to spare.

Or, for a hipster’s special, consider a combination of Borussia Dortmund (£445 million) and Atletico Madrid (£277 million) for a total outlay of £722 million. With all that hipster cred, you’d be the coolest owner in football.

Money is power, as the saying goes, and that's as true in world football as it is anywhere else. The best teams tend to pay the best wages, and the rich only tend to get richer with each passing season… ]]>