Powerball lottery results didn't match well with Steelers-based selection process

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Some choose lottery numbers based on jersey numbers of their favorite players. That option likely wouldn't have yielded a winning combination of numbers for Steelers fans.

Odds are good you heard of Saturday's $590 million Powerball lottery drawing. Odds are a bit lower you are not the owner of that one ticket, said to have been purchased in Florida.

If you are, shoot me an email, let's talk. I have ideas.

As someone who bought a lottery ticket one time - on my 18th birthday - and lost, I never bothered to get around trying again. It's funny to hear different stories about which numbers are chosen and why.

There's the birthdate theory, which doesn't increase your chances in any way, shape or form. There's the "lucky" number thing, which seems as arbitrary as anything else.

If I had bothered to get a lottery ticket last night, I likely would have gotten a combination of the jersey numbers of some of my favorite Steelers players.

In checking out Powerball's web site, it seems to passively suggest avoiding this approach. In its FAQs section, it speaks of the difference between picking your own numbers and letting the computer pick them for you.

"About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to 80% of winners are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?"

Perhaps, not, Captain Smartass...I'm picking my own numbers anyway.

The winning numbers of Saturday's $590 million jackpot were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and the Powerball was 11.

So for 10...It may not have been ridiculous for me to have selected 10, out of homage to Santonio Holmes and Super Bowl XLVIII. That's how you be great.

Of course, in doing that, I would have selected 43, and would have been wrong.

Choosing a No. 13 would basically not have happened. It's just not a number worn anymore. My choices are Bill Mackrides (54), Lee Mulleneaux (36) and two guys with, presumably, last names of Redding and Harbes. Records aren't exactly clear.

It gets worse, though. The third number was 14. A curse for Steelers fans in the post-Steel Curtain generation. There's the quarterback who's name we can't/don't mention, and the most famous draft bust in team history. How would I associate anything involving luck with either of those two players?

Not a ton of great options at 22, all due respect to William Gay and John L. Williams. The lingering stench of Duce Staley may be too much to be overcome.

I know for sure 52 would have been in there. R.I.P. Mike Webster.

The Powerball was 11, which reminds me of one of my favorite all time No Name Steelers, wide receiver Quincy Morgan. One of the classic Steelers Veteran Fifth Receivers, Morgan just seemed to make big catches when the team needed him to. Yes, one of those completely disputable claims that may not even be true, but I don't care. I also likely would not have selected 11 as the Powerball.

So, to no one's surprise, I would not have won the lottery last night. I think two out of six might have been possible, though. That, according to the web site, would not have won me anything.

But with a nationwide lottery, doesn't everybody win? Or something?


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