By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Did you play your Powerball number last night? Me too.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Did you win?

That’s a tougher question to answer.

I was chatting about the big jackpot with a co-worker the other day, and she said she had a friend whose family hit the MegaMillions a while back.

But she only knew that because another friend told her about it. “He never mentions it,” she said, because he doesn’t want to be known for having money.

A second colleague was recalling an interview he did with yet another big local lottery winner who said her life had been dramatically changed by the money, in some good ways, but mostly bad. She never quite knew who to trust anymore.

So back to the question of the day – did you win?

More on that in a moment.

But here’s another question: what numbers do you play?

Everybody’s got their own quirky ways of picking them. Some use numbers off their horoscope. Some look up past winners and try to figure out a pattern. Others use addresses, bus routes, or anything at random. Almost all of the time, almost all of those systems fail.

But I use a simple technique.

Last night, I played two and eleven, my wife’s birthdate. I played 11 and 22 and put the two after a six and got the birthdates of my two sons, now in their twenties and a source of extreme pride for their dad. Add a ten before the six and it’s my eldest son’s recent wedding date. And coming after the ten, my powerball number, 27, forming my wedding anniversary date, thirty-three years this fall.

So, did I win the jackpot by playing numbers that mark the five happiest days of my life?

No; but then again, yes.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.


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