Lotto players who select their numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.
AVOID COMBINATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN BEFORE
Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Philippines Lotto 6/42, with two drawings a week, a set of 6 numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 50,440 years!!! This should also answer the question Gail Howard is so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”
AVOID BETTING SIX CONSECUTIVE NUMBERS
Six consecutive numbers have never been drawn in any state or international Lotto game. Gail Howard has all the drawing results for more than 160 state and international Lotto games, going back more than fifty years! Even five consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.
AVOID BETTING ONE NUMBER GROUP
Never choose all six numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All six winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely.
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 with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.
AVOID PATTERN BETTING
Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.
AVOID NUMBER MULTIPLES
Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25-30 and 7-14-21-28-35-42.
AVOID ALL SAME LAST DIGITS
Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33-43, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky number. Even four same last digits occur in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with three last digits the same occur in less than 3 percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.
AVOID LOW NUMBER COMBINATIONS
The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Lotto 6/42 has 42 numbers. If you play only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other winners. It’s not necessarily that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel they are lucky for you. But Gail Howard would recommend that you include a couple of high numbers so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth something.
NIX QUICK PICKS
Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when Gail Howard saw the actual statistics, she found that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.