Even/Odd Combination Distribution

The Thunderball Lottery and requires a player to make 2 choices: (1) Pick 5 numbers out of a set of 34 white balls; and (2) Pick 1 Thunder Ball from a set of 14 balls. If the player picks the same numbers as those that are drawn in the next drawing, the player wins the Jackpot prize.

While everyone says that every combination has an equal chance of winning, Lottery Power Picks and others, believe that certain combinations are more likely to occur than others.

The following Tables summarize the occurances of the Even / Odd Distribution of all Thunderball combinations.

The Thunderball white balls are numbered 1 to 34. The player selects 5 of these numbers. The table below shows the probability of selecting even and odd balls.         There are 14 Thunder Balls, half are even and half are odd.
Table TB-1a: Thunderball Even/Odd Distribution
5 0 6,188 2.2%
4 1 40,460 14.5%
3 2 92,480 33.2%
2 3 92,480 33.2%
1 4 40,460 14.5%
0 5 6,188 2.2%
    278,256 100.0
Table TB-1b: Thunderball Even/Odd Distribution
Even 7
Odd 7
Total 14

As shown in Table TB-1a, 66.4% of the 5 number combinations are made of either 3 even balls and 2 odd balls, or vice versa. The next most common is 4 even and 1 odd or 1 even and 4 even. The rarest numerical combinations are those where the white balls are all even or all odd. In both of these cases, there is only a 2.2% chance of either one occuring. So starting off, try to avoid combinations containing all odd or all even numbers. This may increase your chances of having a winning combination.

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