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Penn State-Themed Powerball Numbers To (Hopefully) Help You Win Big

With the largest Powerball drawing in history, it seems everyone is buying a ticket or 30 to try luck at the $1.5 billion prize. Some players let the machine randomly pick the numbers for them, betting on the random combination to prove lucky for them. Others, however, prefer to try their luck at hand-selecting 5 numbers plus a Powerball play.

There are a number of strategies when it comes to selecting those six potentially life-changing digits. Some close their eyes and see where their finger lands while others go with birthdays, number of children, or other lucky and significant numbers. While statistics might say this is not the best shot at winning, it would make winning all the more fulfilling. With all this Powerball hype, we couldn’t help but wonder how lucky different combinations of Penn State-themed numbers might be.

Naysayers and statisticians be damned! Here’s a few blue-and-white themed numerical combos to make your odds a little more stately.

40 9 13 6 3 1

Joe Paterno’s record during his coaching career at Penn State was 409-136-3 (with a Powerball number of 1 because Paterno is the number 1 winningest college football coach of all time). By picking these six digits you’d have the luck of 409 wins and success with honor on your side — a 410th victory is a piece of cake.

1 8 55 54 48 24

Penn State was founded in 1855 as the Farmer’s High School of Pennsylvania. The University Park campus covers 5,448 acres and is one of 24 Penn State campuses. Betting on the literal essence of Penn State and University Park can’t fail you, can it?

10 26 19 51 64 18

President Barron was born on October 26, 1951, meaning he is currently 64 years old. Additionally, he is Penn State’s eighteenth president, making for a lucky Powerball number that also represents the 17 others who came before him. Using Barron as inspiration for your picks will put a great lineage of Penn State leadership in your favor.

13 26 6 53 2 3

In 2015, THON raised $13,026,653.23 FTK, and while that amount is a victory in its own right, it would make a heartwarming story to be able to tell people that you won the Powerball jackpot (which is 115.15 times as large as the 2015 total) with THON as your inspiration. Additionally, think of the donations you’d be able to make to the Four Diamonds Fund if you were a Lottery billionaire.

10 6 57 2 9 17

The current official capacity of Beaver Stadium (106,572) and the date of the first game played there (a September 17, 1960 victory over Boston University). There have been many victories in Beaver Stadium, and hopefully with these numbers there will be a $1.5 billion check with your name on it.

Onward State does not actually have any impact on your odds — do we look like statisticians? However, if you win, you owe me at least a million.

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About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


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