How To Increase Your Chances of Winning The Lotto
This article is posted under General Information, Life Lessons.
I received a text message from my mother recently. She said that the Chinese New Year is near and my Feng Shui horoscope says that I’m going to be very lucky financially in the coming Year of The Rat.
I’m not a superstitious person and I always take such predictions with a grain of salt, but I don’t want to curb her optimism so I texted back and replied, “Yes, that’s why I’m starting a new business this year and also taking my chances in making some money online.”
To which she replied, “Don’t forget to play the lotto. You might just get lucky.”
As an engineer, I can actually compute and prove that the chances of being struck by lightning is indeed higher than winning the lottery jackpot. Maybe this is the reason why I’m not such a big fan of the Philippine Lotto. Nevertheless, it really got me thinking.
Despite the obvious odds, why do a lot of people still play? I can only conclude that hope is really a strong motivator.
I was hesitant at first if I’m going to write about this. How many personal finance blogs have you read that actually gave tips on how to win the lottery?
I’m sure not much or none at all. But in the end, I decided to go ahead and dispense some mathematically proven strategies on how to increase your chances of winning the lotto simply because despite the discouraging probabilities of hitting the jackpot, you would still continue to bet or maybe at one point in the future, be tempted to buy a ticket in the hope of getting lucky and becoming an instant millionaire.
But before we go into that, I would like to give some reminders:
First, you don’t need to play often or bet on a lot of combination. The chances of winning the lotto jackpot if you place several bets or if you play everyday increases only by a very, very small percentage. Believe me, it’s really, really close to zero.
This brings me to my next point which is to play only when you have extra money. If you really want to place a bet, then take it out of your entertainment budget.
Three, take care of your ticket. Don’t keep it in your wallet; put it in a safe place. And lastly, remember to check if you won. I actually have a friend who discovered that he won a small payout several months after he bought the ticket. He hid it inside a book and totally forgot about it until he decided to read that particular book one afternoon.
Anyway, without further ado, here are some number combinations that are most likely to come out in six-ball lottery draws. This analysis was done using probability formulas and was checked for validity against the Philippine Lotto 6/42 winning number draw results from 2006 and 2007 as provided by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office website.
Odd numbers are those which end in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 while even numbers are those which end in 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8. You are more likely to win if your odd-even number combination is either 2-4, 3-3 or 4-2. More than 70% of the winning combinations in the Philippine Lotto 6/42 in the past two years are in this category with the 3-3 (three odd numbers and three even numbers) combination leading with more than 30% of the draws.
Sum of Numbers
You’re chances of winning are higher if the sum of your number combination is within the middle range of all possible sums. To compute this, just add the first six numbers and the last six numbers of the lotto balls and divide by two. For the Philippine Lotto 6/42, it’s 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 37 + 38 + 39 + 40 + 41 + 42, which is equal to 129. Add and subtract at the most 30 to that and you will have the best range for your sum. In 2006 and 2007, the sum of more than 70% of the winning draw results in the Philippine Lotto 6/42 is between 99-159.
Divide the highest ball number by two and you have the border for your low numbers and high numbers. For the Philippine Lotto 6/42, it’s 42 divided by two or 21. This means that the numbers from 1 through 21 are low numbers while the upper range of 22 through 42 are the high numbers. Just like the odd-even combination, probability shows that it is more likely that the low-high combination of the winning results are either 2-4, 3-3 or 4-2. Again, more than 70% of the results from the past two years follow this pattern with the 3-3 (three low numbers and three high numbers) attribute showing in more than 25% of the winning combinations.
These three are the major patterns which you should always consider. Other factors worth mentioning are as follows:
It is unlikely that the winning lotto draw result will have four or more consecutive numbers.
It is unlikely that the winning lotto result will have five numbers which belong to the same number group (five single-digits, five teens or five 20′s and so on).
It is unlikely that the winning lotto result will have four numbers which have the same last digits.
These six rules are basically your best tools in evaluating if your number combination has a good chance of winning. Please remember that these are mere guidelines and does not guarantee that you will win. Mathematically speaking, the pattern of 1-2-3-4-5-6 has exactly the same chance of winning as any other random combination. So if your favorite numbers, your birthday, the ages of your family members or your wedding anniversary does not fall into these suggested patterns, don’t fret, you can still bet on that. In the final analysis, even if you don’t win, be happy with the fact that your money will be going to charity and will be used to help other people in need.
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