What To Avoid|
Numbers NOT To Select When Playing Lotto
to Lottery expert Gail Howard, Lotto players who select
their numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to
lose even before the Draw takes place. By just knowing
which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you'll
have an advantage over other players--and save money,
COMBINATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN BEFORE
Many players like to bet the same set of
numbers that have won someone else a big Jackpot. By
doing so, they're almost guaranteed not to win one
themselves. Even in the lowest odds 6 out of 25
Lotto game, the same set of six numbers has a chance
of being drawn only once every 3, 405 years! It's
practically impossible for the exact same set of
six numbers to hit the Jackpot twice.
|2. AVOID BETTING
SIX CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS
Six consecutive numbers (11-12-13-14-15-16,
for example) have never been drawn in any state
or international Lotto game. Even five consecutive
numbers is a very rare occurrence. In most Lotto games,
it has never happened even once.
|3. AVOID BETTING
ONE NUMBER GROUP
Never choose all six numbers from one
number group, such as all single digits, all teens, or
all 20's. All six winning numbers being drawn from one
number group is highly unlikely - since it has never
happened before in any Lotto game.
|4. AVOID THE
COMBINATION 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
The most popular set of numbers most often
played is: 1-2-3-4-5-6. Thousands of tickets are bought
in each Lotto Draw with this combination. THIS TICKET IS
GUARANTEED TO LOSE because the selection is too far out
of balance to come up in a random drawing.
The proof of this claim is verified by the
Draw results in all the State and International Lottery
games. If six consecutive numbers have never been drawn,
and six numbers from one number group have never been
drawn either, then what chance does the number
combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 have?
The least likely combinations to be drawn
as winners are those at the tail ends of a bell curve.
These are the lowest six numbers and the highest six
numbers of any game.
|5. AVOID PATTERN
Pattern betting is a very popular method of
marking bet slips. Most Lotto bet slips look like this.
Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight
line (either across the bet slip or vertically or
diagonally) are very common. Straight lines are so
common, they were once played on more than 150,000
tickets --- for just one drawing! Other designs such as
initials or numbers also get heavy play. If such numbers
won, payouts would be very low.
|6. AVOID NUMBER
Other popular combinations that get heavy
play are the number multiples, especially
5-10-15-20-25-30. Such combinations have been played on
at least 25,000 tickets in one drawing. If those numbers
were to win a US$30 million jackpot, each winner would
receive a single one-time payment of US$60.
|7. AVOID ALL
SAME LAST DIGITS
Many people like to play same last digits,
such as 3-13-23-33-43-53, or all the digits that end in
seven, or some other favorite lucky number.
Even FOUR same last digits only appear in
less than two tenths of one percent of all winnings.
Winning sets of numbers with 3 digits with the same last
number occur in less than 3% of all drawings. Winning
sets of numbers with TWO same last digits occur in about
20% of all drawings.
Now, winning sets of numbers with NO same
last digits-- that's what happens most often.
|8. AVOID LOW
Majority of Lotto players like to play the
calendar numbers, such as birth dates, anniversaries,
and so on. This means that the most heavily played
numbers are 1 through 31. Many Lotto games have 40 or
more numbers - and numbers 32 and above do come out
quite frequently. By ruling out non-calendar numbers,
you significantly lessen your odds of winning a Jackpot.
Even if your calendar numbers do hit,
you'll probably have to share your First Prize Jackpot
with several other winners. An incident like this
happened on September 24, 1983, in the New York Lotto.
The highest Lotto number drawn was 30, and there were 46
First Prize winners.
If you've decided to try your hand at the
different Lottery number selection systems, bear this in
mind: the key to success is playing the probabilities.
If you play a pattern that occurs only five
percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose
95 percent of the time.