Should you trust yourself or an animal to pick your Mega Millions lottery numbers?

CLEVELAND - There's no science to picking lottery numbers but you might think you at least have a better shot at pinpointing the right numbers than a bird or mouse.

Well, studies show that animals are actually better at picking random events than humans.

In an experiment with flashing lights , birds and rodents selected the correct random light that showed up more often than humans. Researchers said rodents and birds are good at maximizing their success rate, while humans tend to only perform worse as they devise ways to get the right answer.

That study isn't alone – animals have a good track record at making accurate predictions.

In the summer of 2010, Paul the Octopus predicted all seven of Germany's World Cup games and the final correctly. He died shortly after his run in October of 2010.

A cat was a foreboding presence in a Rhode Island nursing home. A doctor said Oscar the Cat had a pension for predicting when patients would die. Doctors said the cat was accurate in 25 cases.

When matched against humans in a stock challenge in South Korea, Strawberry the Parrot finished third out of 10 investors . Her investment return was 13.7 percent compared to humans who averaged 4.6 percent loss.

If you're looking for help with Friday night's Mega Millions, a gorilla at the Columbus Zoo weighed in Friday . Colo the gorilla selected from onions and turnips the numbers 9, 12, 21, 31 and 41. Her Mega Ball number was 9.

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