The Pinetar Rag

January 30, 2007

Superbowl Box Pool Number Frequency

Filed under: American History,Factoids, Proverbs,Football,Gambling,Games,Superbowl,TV — mcgonnigle @ 10:29 pm

Great stuff from someone I know at a bigtime polling/survey company (figures, right?). Thanks Toots.

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This table is the result of all the quarters played in Superbowl history:


This table is the result of all the quarters played in the 2006-07 season:


For the first quarter the following numbers in the last 40 Superbowls have been: 0,3,4,6,7. That’s it. If you have those numbers, for any team, you are looking good, at least for the first quarter prize.

0 has shown up 37 times (20 times for the away team, and 17 times for the home).
3 was 19 times.
4 was 5 times.
6 was 1 time.
7 was 18 times.
Best first quarter combo? 0,0, which showed up 9 times.

For the second quarter the following numbers in the last 40 Superbowls have been: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. Everyone can be a winner! Those holding 0, once again, are looking good.
0 has shown up 25 times
1 was 2 times.
2 was 2 times.
3 was 16 times.
4 was 8 times.
5 was 1 time.
6 was 7 times.
7 was 14 times.
8 was 3 times.
9 was 2 times.
Best second quarter combo? 7,0 which was 5 times. Plenty of other combos showed up 4 times.

Once again, for the third quarter the following numbers in the last 40 Superbowls have been: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.
0 was 16 times.
1 was 4 times.
2 was 2 times.
3 was 10 times.
4 was 12 times.
5 was 4 times.
6 was 8 times.
7 was 17 times.
8 was 2 times.
9 was 5 times.
Best third quarter combo? There isn’t a clearcut favorite. 0 and 4 show up 4 times.

The final score everyone shows up again.
0 was 12 times.
1 was 9 times.
2 was 4 times.
3 was 6 times.
4 was 10 times.
5 was 4 time.
6 was 10 times.
7 was 15 times.
8 was 3 times.
9 was 7 times.
Best final score combo? 7&4 showed up 4 times. 7&0 was 3 times.

The best number, clearly, was 0. It appeared 90 times: in every quarter & final for the last 40 Superbowls.
7 showed up 64 times, or 20% of the time. The worst number was 8, which appeared only 8 times. This was also the same story for 5, which hit 9 times.

[Since I am getting hits from France and the Netherlands on this topic, for those of you who don’t know, most American offices sell the 100 squares in a 10 x 10 grid for money. Typically 5 and 10 dollars a box but I have heard of guys spending as much as $500 a box. After all the boxes are filled in, the digits 0 through 9 are drawn randomly and written in over each column on top and down the left side for each row. Then the team names are picked. This is so you can not choose your numbers beforehand, because, the way American NFL football is scored in 3’s and 7’s mostly, certain numbers are much more favorable. Payouts are for the box with the score at the end of each of the 4 quarters. The big payout (usually half), is for the end. For a 10 dollar box pool, there is 1000 to win. 500 for the end and usually 250 for the half and 125 for the first and third quarter. If the score at the end of the quater is 0-0, the person who owns the box at the intersection of 0 and 0 wins, and so on.]


  1. What are the stats for a touch box (any score change yields a pay out)?

    Comment by Nick — January 31, 2007 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

  2. Nick: Even with a touchbox pool, an 8 is a bad number…What you need is the 8-is-a-winning-number-no-matter-what-the-score-is-because-it-ain’t-ever-coming-up-in-this-game pool. — fog

    Comment by mcgonnigle — January 31, 2007 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  3. Hey – Fog the touchbox works with the 8 – the score before the final (before the extra point was kicked) was 28-17 and it paid out. Not much but at least I got my money back. Now if Vinateri missed that point it could have paid out real nice.

    Comment by Nick — February 5, 2007 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

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