According to the National Lottery website, your chances of winning a EuroMillions jackpot are one in 139,838,160. Long odds indeed.

To provide some context to those odds, in the UK the chances of you being struck by lightning are one in 1.2million.

This means you are convincingly more likely to face the wrath of mother nature than boast a jackpot winning EuroMillions ticket – hardly welcome news, but it paints a picture of how 'difficult' winning the lottery can be.

Alternatively, according to National Geographic your odds of being eaten by a shark are one in 3.7million. Again, these odds are significantly 'better' than your lottery prospects.

So, it would be fair to say that anyone preparing to purchase their last-minute ticket ahead of tonight's EuroMillions £176m jackpot may need as much help as they can get – providing you don't have your own set of lucky numbers you are adamant will come off eventually.

With the assistance of lottery.co.uk, here are some statistics covering everything from the most drawn number, to the number that is most 'overdue'.

Most drawn number

There is no method to the madness, of course any time a number is drawn it is a product of luck. However, there is one number that has been drawn significantly more than others.

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52 is statistically the most drawn number out of the possible 59, rearing its head on 75 occasions since October 2015.

At the other end of the spectrum, 48 has only appeared 43 times in six years.

Most overdue number

You may be of the superstitious nature and believe that every number has its day – if that is the case, ball number 40 will be coming around any time soon given its 195 day absence, last drawn on Saturday August 8.

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58 isn't far behind it, not appearing in any draws for just over four months.

Most common pairs

If you are looking for the likeliest pair of digits to appear in the same draw, look no further than numbers 2 and 54; the two figures have been drawn in the same round of numbers 13 times since October 2015.

54 actually features in another category, making up one half of the 'most common consecutive numbers' pairing alongside 55.

Most common triplets

In search of the perfect hat-trick? We've got you covered, 39, 46 and 52 have all featured in the same round on five separate occasions.

If you are aiming to put the three most common CONSECUTIVE numbers on your ticket, you'll be opting for 8, 9 and 10 – which has sprung up three different times.

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