Despite this emphasis on fun, always bear in mind, particularly if you
want to forward us suggestions for future versions of LottoCheck INFORM,
that we aim to give you the best tools and best information (quantity
and factual) for tracking down and gauging such variance.
Because a System 20 will win tens of thousands of 5th divisions over the draw history and at regular intervals, if one System 20 won twice as many as another, you can be sure that the difference is statistically significant.
Of course almost nobody can afford to put on System 20s, so the next
series of steps involve pegging it back to a System you can afford. Let's
say you areaiming for a System 7 which has performed above average in the
past. The next step involves throwing out one of the twenty numbers. So
test 20 System 19s by excluding each number in turn. Pick the best System
19, and in turn test all 19 different System 18s and again pick the best.
Continue this process until you are down to a System you can afford. Remember,
just because a System performed well in the past is no guarantee that it
will continue to do so.
A lot of people don't like putting on consecutive sequences of numbers such as 4,5,6,7,8,9 yet the chance of them coming up together is statistically the same as any other group of six numbers. So while the individual numbers may not be unpopular, the string of them together probably is.
The best way to test the actual popularity of such sequences
is to find a draw in the past where they actually came up. If such a draw
can be found, see what dividends they paid, then compare those dividends
with the average via the Average Winnings feature. The higher the
number of winners, the more popular are the numbers - so avoid them!
As an example of people probably doing this, look to Draw number 916
(Tuesday, 29th January 1991) in the NSW database. There was an extraordinary
high number of First Division winners, 85 of them! As it happens, the same
6 winning numbers (1, 6, 29, 30, 40, 42), were the winning combination
back in Draw number 817 on Monday the 19th of February 1990, less than
a year earlier. [This earlier draw is not in the NSW database on the disk,
as it was the earlier GoLotto game which had only one supplementary number
rather than the current two.]
However when we are feeling unlucky, it's tempting to stay out of them altogether. But never forget that you've got to be in it to win it. Like all areas of life itself, there are participants and there are spectators, and in each activity we choose which side of the fence we are on. Remember that you can participate in lotto for as little as four games which costs a mere $1.45 in 6-From-45 on Saturdays, or $1.20 in NSWs 6-From-44, or one game in OZ lotto for $1.10 (Prices displayed here, as at Nov'94). At that cheap price, your odds are in the same ball-park relatively speaking, as people spending ten times as much. If the gods are going to smile upon you, they can do it via a single Game. Just don't bank on winning the Big One, then if it does comes along, its cream on top of whatever else your doing in life.
Note 1: The information above, is an edited extract from the User Manual from our 'LottoCheck INFORM V2 for Windows' software package.
Note 2: The Best System in the World is really to give and be given a ticket - it's the good karma.
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