Lottery players increase their chances of winning the lottery jackpot using various lottery strategies. Many of my articles and Lotto Blog posts discuss them. Some of these lottery strategies actually lower a player’s costs while preserving his chances. And, other lottery strategies can increase a players chances of winning the lottery jackpot while staying within the player’s budget.
Lottery strategies like these would easily require several chapters of a book. So, I’ll limit the scope of this article to a discussion of the simplest type. In the examples that follow, the last 371 drawings of the Florida Lottery are used, with the last drawing occurring on 7/22/09. Six numbers are drawn out of fifty-three in the Florida Lotto.
Florida Lottery Statistics
The simplest form of this lottery strategy asks the question, ‘How many odd numbers are there in each wager?’ There are only seven possibilities. A wager can have zero, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 odd numbers. Of course, the opposite is also true. A wager with 6 even numbers in it has no odd numbers. Now, in the FL653 lottery, there are a total of 22,957,480 possible wagers. Here are the statistics. There are:
230,230 wagers with 0 odd #’s or 1.00% of all possible wagers
1,776,060 wagers with 1 odd # or 7.74% of all possible wagers
5,247,450 wagers with 2 odd #’s or 22.86% of all possible wagers
7,605,000 wagers with 3 odd #’s or 33.13% of all possible wagers
5,703,750 wagers with 4 odd #’s or 24.84% of all possible wagers
2,098,980 wagers with 5 odd #’s or 9.14% of all possible wagers
296,010 wagers with 6 odd #’s or 1.29% of all possible wagers
Everything we need to know is in this table. Anyone following the Florida Lotto closely (any lottery for that matter), knows that the lottery jackpot rarely contains zero odd numbers (all even numbers). How rarely? In the FL653 lottery it only happened 4 times in 371 drawings. This is obvious from the table above. Only 1.00% of all possible wagers have 0 odd numbers. Another way to look at this is that this should happen on the average of once every 100 drawings.
The bottom of this table is also very interesting. It can be seen that a lottery jackpot containing 6 odd numbers is also very rare. This has happened only 4 times in 371 drawings. It is worth noting here that it should happen more often than zero odd numbers does, because it’s percentage is higher; 1.29%. Why is that? Because, with 53 number from which to choose, there are 27 odd numbers and 26 even numbers. Therefore, odd numbers have a slight statistical advantage. Based on 1.29%, this should happen on the average of once every 78 drawings.
The question is, ‘How does this help me spend less?’ Assumptions: Your lottery budget is $50 per drawing and you purchase $1 wagers. You proceed to generate 50 wagers but you remove any wager that contains all odd or all even numbers. This removes, for example, 3 wagers. A net savings of $3.
Some of you are about ready to explode about now. Your complaint will go something like this. If the lottery jackpot winners are all odd or all even, then I’d be wrong. You are absolutely correct! But, my friend, that only happens about once every 100 (78) drawings. As for myself, I prefer to save money on 99 (77) drawings only to be wrong once.
Improving Your Chances
You can use a variation of this lottery strategy to increase your chances of winning the lottery jackpot. Buy three more lottery tickets with your $3. This gives you a slight advantage because you are concentrating your entire budget on wagers that make good sense. You’ve taken your fishing line out of a mud puddle and put it back in the lake where the big fish are. You may not win the big one, but you’ve now got three more lines in the water.
Serious lottery players don’t always play this way. Once in a while, they notice little things, that their lottery software program brings to light, called opportunities. I’ve identified one such opportunity in the FL653 lottery. As stated before, all odd numbers should occur on the average of every 78 drawings. But, in the Florida Lotto this event hasn’t happened in 249 drawings. Can you say ‘Overdue’?
How can you take advantage of something like this? That depends on the player, but here is an example of how one might respond. First, the player does not abandon his normal lottery strategy. In fact, he would still apply most of his lottery budget to that strategy. Second, he would use a part of his budget, say $10, and purchase wagers with all odd numbers. If all odd numbers hit in the next drawing, then the players chances of winning the lottery jackpot will be 10:296,010 or 1:29,601. Going from 1:22,957,480 to 1:29,601 is an absolutely phenomenal improvement in odds!!!