Yes, **lottery numbers can repeat**. Every lottery draw is independent, meaning that the results of one drawing have no influence on future drawings. This is a fundamental characteristic of random number generation. Since each draw is random, it’s entirely possible for the same numbers to appear in multiple draws.

### Reasons why numbers can repeat:

**Random Nature**: Lottery draws are based on randomness, and in any truly random system, numbers can repeat because every combination has the same chance of being drawn each time.**No Memory**: Lottery systems don’t “remember” past results. Every draw starts fresh, so there’s no rule that prevents the same numbers from appearing again.

### Examples:

- Some lotteries have seen identical or nearly identical sets of numbers drawn in separate drawings. For instance, in 2020,
**South Africa’s PowerBall**lottery saw a sequence of numbers repeated within weeks of each other, raising discussions, though it was verified as a random coincidence.

### Odds of Repeated Numbers:

Although the odds of the **same exact set** of numbers repeating in back-to-back draws are extremely low (because there are millions of combinations), it is still theoretically possible. Similarly, it’s not uncommon to see **individual numbers** repeat frequently across draws, as every number has an equal chance of being selected.

In conclusion, while repeated numbers may seem surprising, it’s entirely possible and consistent with the principles of probability.