Number Selection
How Best To Choose Your Numbers
With many scientific number selection methods to choose from, experts recommend sticking to some basic facts. These are some of the ground rules you must remember:
1. PLAY A BALANCED GAME
When selecting Lotto numbers, try to strike a balance between odd and even numbers, as well as high and low numbers.
Odds & Evens
All odd or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 2% of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two odd and four even, or four odd and two even, or three odd and three even. One of these three patterns will occur in about 80% of the drawings.
High & Low Numbers
Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. In a 40-number game, for example, numbers 1 to 20 would be in the low half, and numbers 21 to 40 would be in the high half. In a 49-number game, numbers 1 to 24 would be in the low half, and numbers 35 to 49 would be in the high half.
1. PLAY A BALANCED GAME
When selecting Lotto numbers, try to strike a balance between odd and even numbers, as well as high and low numbers.
Odds & Evens
All odd or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 2% of the time. The best mix is to have 2/4, 4/2 or 3/3, which means two odd and four even, or four odd and two even, or three odd and three even. One of these three patterns will occur in about 80% of the drawings.
High & Low Numbers
Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. In a 40-number game, for example, numbers 1 to 20 would be in the low half, and numbers 21 to 40 would be in the high half. In a 49-number game, numbers 1 to 24 would be in the low half, and numbers 35 to 49 would be in the high half.
It's very rare that all high or all low numbers are drawn. This occurs only 2% of the time. The best combination is to have 2/4; 4/2; or 3/3; which translates to two high and four low numbers; four high and two low numbers; or, three high and three low numbers.
Winning number groups with these three patterns occur more than 82% of the time for the simple reason that Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. If you want to play Lotto to win, it's important to select the Lottery numbers in patterns most similar to the way the numbers are actually drawn.
Most Lottery experts say that randomly drawn numbers tend to have their sums distributed in a bell-shaped curve. The range of all possible sums in a 49-number Lotto game is from 21 to 279. If the number combinations that could be made with the possible sums were to be plotted out, the result would be a bell-shaped curve, with the sums 21 and 279 at the tail end.
Best Sums
In a Pick-6 Lotto game with a 49-number field, there is only one six-number combination that adds up to 21: 1 + 2 + 3+ 4 + 5 +6= 21
And, in the 6/49 Lotto game, only one six-number combination adds up to 279: 44 + 45 + 46 + 47 + 48 + 49= 279
These combinations have the smallest and largest possible sums. And they occur only once - at the tail ends of a bell curve - making it virtually impossible for either of those groups of numbers to be drawn as winning combination.
HOT TIP: In the 49-number Lotto game, the most frequently occurring sum is 150.
Winning number groups with these three patterns occur more than 82% of the time for the simple reason that Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. If you want to play Lotto to win, it's important to select the Lottery numbers in patterns most similar to the way the numbers are actually drawn.
Most Lottery experts say that randomly drawn numbers tend to have their sums distributed in a bell-shaped curve. The range of all possible sums in a 49-number Lotto game is from 21 to 279. If the number combinations that could be made with the possible sums were to be plotted out, the result would be a bell-shaped curve, with the sums 21 and 279 at the tail end.
Best Sums
In a Pick-6 Lotto game with a 49-number field, there is only one six-number combination that adds up to 21: 1 + 2 + 3+ 4 + 5 +6= 21
And, in the 6/49 Lotto game, only one six-number combination adds up to 279: 44 + 45 + 46 + 47 + 48 + 49= 279
These combinations have the smallest and largest possible sums. And they occur only once - at the tail ends of a bell curve - making it virtually impossible for either of those groups of numbers to be drawn as winning combination.
HOT TIP: In the 49-number Lotto game, the most frequently occurring sum is 150.
GAME LOTTO NUMBERS SUM |
Game Lotto Numbers Sum |
01 07 - 09 - 19 - 36 - 40 - 44 155 09 06 - 10 - 18 - 34 - 38 - 48 154
02 01 - 15 - 23 - 26 - 34 - 46 145 10 02 - 21 - 25 - 30 - 31 - 43 152
03 09 - 14 - 28 - 39 - 47 - 48 185 11 02 - 06 - 11 - 30 - 38 - 45 132
04 01 - 06 - 13 - 20 - 35 - 40 115 12 09 - 11 - 20 - 25 - 32 - 47 144
05 12 - 16 - 24 - 36 - 39 - 43 170 13 12 - 17 - 36 - 43 - 44 - 45 197
06 07 - 11 - 19 - 39 - 41 - 48 165 14 06 - 07 - 15 - 21 - 27 - 48 124
07 01 - 20 - 24 - 29 - 31 - 33 138 15 04 - 15 - 21 - 28 - 30 - 38 136
08 02 - 17 - 22 - 28 - 35 - 36 140
02 01 - 15 - 23 - 26 - 34 - 46 145 10 02 - 21 - 25 - 30 - 31 - 43 152
03 09 - 14 - 28 - 39 - 47 - 48 185 11 02 - 06 - 11 - 30 - 38 - 45 132
04 01 - 06 - 13 - 20 - 35 - 40 115 12 09 - 11 - 20 - 25 - 32 - 47 144
05 12 - 16 - 24 - 36 - 39 - 43 170 13 12 - 17 - 36 - 43 - 44 - 45 197
06 07 - 11 - 19 - 39 - 41 - 48 165 14 06 - 07 - 15 - 21 - 27 - 48 124
07 01 - 20 - 24 - 29 - 31 - 33 138 15 04 - 15 - 21 - 28 - 30 - 38 136
08 02 - 17 - 22 - 28 - 35 - 36 140
This is due to the fact that the greatest percentage of six-number combinations in a 6/49 game adds up to 150. There are numerous different ways to make a six number combination that adds up to 150. So theoretically, six-number combinations that add up to 150 are the most likely to occur in a randomly-drawn 49-number Lotto game.
The 150 sum would be at the top center point of the bell curve, while higher or lower sums move away up to the extreme ends (combinations 21 and 279).
2. MONITOR PREVIOUS GAMES
Most Lotto players don't realize the importance of monitoring past Lotto Draw results. But tracking or analyzing the frequency of numbers from previous Draws rates the numbers' past performance in order to determine its chances of being drawn again in the future.
Best Numbers & Hot Numbers
Best Numbers are those numbers that have come out in past Draws with the greatest frequency. Hot Numbers are those which are most overdue for a Draw. Lottery experts say that high frequency (best) numbers which are also very overdue (or hot) make the very best bets.
Adjacent Numbers
Adjacent Numbers are numbers on either side of the Lotto numbers that hit in the last drawing. To illustrate, if the number 28 hit in the last drawing, its Adjacent Numbers would be 27 or 29 for the next drawing. Or, if number 35 just won in the last game, its Adjacent Numbers for the next game would be 34 or 36.
It's a good idea to give special attention to the Adjacent Numbers of the last game's winners because an average of one or two Adjacent Numbers come up each drawing. More than 80% of the drawings have one or more Adjacent Numbers, averaging 1.4 Adjacent Numbers per game.
Number Groups
Look at a list of past winning numbers for the Lotto game you play, and you'll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-15-18-32-38-42, there are no 20's. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.
Games Skipped
List the number of games skipped since the last hit for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then, mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the numbers out that many games.
3. USE A WHEELING SYSTEM
Wheeling refers to the method used to incorporate more than 6 numbers into the number combinations you would like to play. Say, for example, you've chosen 7 favorite numbers to play in a Pick-6 Lotto. You can wheel these 7 numbers into different 6-number combinations and play these combinations so that all 7 numbers are included in your play
The 150 sum would be at the top center point of the bell curve, while higher or lower sums move away up to the extreme ends (combinations 21 and 279).
2. MONITOR PREVIOUS GAMES
Most Lotto players don't realize the importance of monitoring past Lotto Draw results. But tracking or analyzing the frequency of numbers from previous Draws rates the numbers' past performance in order to determine its chances of being drawn again in the future.
Best Numbers & Hot Numbers
Best Numbers are those numbers that have come out in past Draws with the greatest frequency. Hot Numbers are those which are most overdue for a Draw. Lottery experts say that high frequency (best) numbers which are also very overdue (or hot) make the very best bets.
Adjacent Numbers
Adjacent Numbers are numbers on either side of the Lotto numbers that hit in the last drawing. To illustrate, if the number 28 hit in the last drawing, its Adjacent Numbers would be 27 or 29 for the next drawing. Or, if number 35 just won in the last game, its Adjacent Numbers for the next game would be 34 or 36.
It's a good idea to give special attention to the Adjacent Numbers of the last game's winners because an average of one or two Adjacent Numbers come up each drawing. More than 80% of the drawings have one or more Adjacent Numbers, averaging 1.4 Adjacent Numbers per game.
Number Groups
Look at a list of past winning numbers for the Lotto game you play, and you'll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-15-18-32-38-42, there are no 20's. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.
Games Skipped
List the number of games skipped since the last hit for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then, mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the numbers out that many games.
3. USE A WHEELING SYSTEM
Wheeling refers to the method used to incorporate more than 6 numbers into the number combinations you would like to play. Say, for example, you've chosen 7 favorite numbers to play in a Pick-6 Lotto. You can wheel these 7 numbers into different 6-number combinations and play these combinations so that all 7 numbers are included in your play