11/11/2008

Lotto Tip# 9: Ideal Sum for Lotto 6/42

In Lotto 6/42, the sum of 120 and 145 are the most frequent - 60 instances out of 1532 or 3.9%. Below are 15 sets of lotto numbers for Lotto 6/42. These numbers have sums of 120 to 145.

1-2-10-28-38-42
1-3-10-25-39-42
1-4-11-25-39-40
1-5-11-26-38-40
1-6-12-26-35-41

2-3-11-25-38-41
2-4-12-26-34-42
2-5-12-21-39-41
2-6-13-21-38-40
2-7-13-29-34-35

3-4-10-23-39-41
3-5-11-29-35-37
3-6-12-21-36-42
3-7-13-20-37-40
3-8-14-25-35-37

Update
As of November 11, 2008, the probability of a lotto result being drawn more than once is 1:3964 or 0.03%.

Lotto Tip# 1: Pick Numbers That Have Never Been Drawn Before 

10/07/2008

Philippine Lotto Results: Grand Lotto 6/55 (Year 2010)

Lotto 6/55 Jackpot Numbers (2010)
Draw Date 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
04/19/10 25 05 38 26 53 04
04/21/10 07 45 50 33 19 34
04/24/10 55 25 21 30 09 39
04/26/10 26 11 30 12 13 41
04/28/10 32 23 44 11 50 39
05/01/10 45 30 07 44 55 54
05/03/10 21 10 35 46 48 27
05/05/10 52 41 05 53 11 50
05/08/10 40 38 17 43 10 54
05/12/10 45 27 29 12 39 31
05/15/10 24 42 38 02 18 09
05/17/10 13 43 28 06 53 30
05/19/10 45 47 29 30 53 13
05/22/10 38 45 28 48 47 36
05/24/10 25 34 18 06 07 55
05/26/10 47 19 31 41 08 05
05/29/10 09 35 53 34 15 11
05/31/10 43 31 39 17 07 27
06/02/10 03 31 07 23 36 38
06/05/10 42 16 09 54 29 22
06/07/10 26 07 04 24 08 53
06/09/10 28 39 52 24 50 23
06/12/10 46 06 12 55 44 32
06/14/10 46 32 18 20 48 16
06/16/10 15 30 31 12 38 34
06/19/10 48 01 02 19 27 38
06/21/10 24 13 07 48 41 51
06/23/10 28 51 02 40 26 13
06/26/10 43 48 37 07 39 23
06/28/10 24 34 17 05 30 39
06/30/10 40 11 08 35 19 04
07/03/10 43 21 12 24 40 07
07/05/10 18 06 54 40 05 42
07/07/10 09 01 54 36 30 08
07/10/10 27 07 40 34 20 14
07/12/10 50 21 35 03 39 05
07/14/10 07 16 22 21 06 54
07/17/10 26 19 02 13 42 39
07/19/10 41 37 48 06 50 42
07/21/10 35 26 45 39 31 41
07/24/10 19 10 44 45 22 39
07/26/10 42 28 08 48 04 46
07/28/10 25 14 10 52 13 20
07/31/10 24 44 52 09 28 42
08/02/10 44 53 42 45 11 35
08/04/10 42 12 43 49 23 36
08/07/10 40 52 05 06 36 03
08/09/10 45 42 23 33 48 02
08/11/10 05 45 43 49 03 08
08/14/10 54 37 29 18 53 13
08/16/10 40 25 54 37 44 05
08/18/10 15 17 54 10 26 39
08/21/10 35 16 33 51 20 50
08/23/10 03 38 04 28 07 15
08/25/10 55 36 52 45 24 12
08/28/10 01 18 37 47 43 50
08/30/10 49 11 26 27 09 12
09/01/10 15 26 25 17 54 53
09/04/10 19 26 10 24 51 46
09/06/10 04 23 32 55 51 53
09/08/10 39 43 21 35 06 49
09/11/10 26 40 49 10 02 09
09/13/10 08 13 29 09 07 12
09/15/10 42 55 49 52 21 05
09/18/10 08 34 13 16 54 12
09/20/10 39 48 41 07 33 26
09/22/10 49 36 46 05 50 18
09/25/10 49 18 46 38 10 50
09/27/10 04 51 42 31 02 24
09/29/10 26 34 38 40 52 42
10/02/10 18 20 34 01 48 10
10/04/10 27 18 35 14 32 19
10/06/10 42 30 25 05 52 18
10/09/10 52 42 39 14 36 33
10/11/10 15 12 03 33 08 09
10/13/10 13 19 26 54 44 22
10/16/10 02 51 21 40 28 36
10/18/10 14 32 30 47 18 23
10/20/10 38 25 16 48 26 42
10/23/10 48 43 40 33 47 24
10/25/10 43 38 26 02 12 48
10/27/10 35 16 47 38 09 15
10/30/10 54 02 34 31 42 08
11/01/10 08 49 29 35 28 45
11/03/10 43 20 05 37 13 06
11/06/10 15 38 17 39 11 03
11/08/10 43 12 14 30 51 46
11/10/10 04 34 29 35 30 10
11/13/10 03 31 34 13 48 11
11/15/10 43 13 29 44 04 20
11/17/10 53 09 45 24 50 29
11/20/10 18 17 36 04 40 13
11/22/10 22 25 17 50 19 37
11/24/10 04 41 40 55 42 45
11/27/10 22 55 51 14 54 45
11/29/10 11 16 42 47 31 37
12/01/10 33 05 03 40 21 55
12/04/10 38 45 36 13 24 28
12/06/10 30 28 40 49 07 01
12/08/10 07 10 26 43 04 31
12/11/10 50 38 17 11 03 04
12/13/10 30 37 28 24 23 19
12/15/10 28 20 18 17 31 16
12/18/10 45 13 44 25 41 42
12/20/10 46 02 03 21 50 51
12/22/10 11 19 40 34 26 18
12/27/10 52 09 20 01 14 28
12/29/10 42 24 55 38 47 13

9/26/2008

Lotto Tip# 8: Probability of Lotto Results Having 20 To 29

I'll go straight to the point. Do you like numbers 20 to 29? Well, you need only one for your 6-number lotto set because you'd have a 40.74% probability of hitting that number. Put your 20's in the fourth position or third position.

You may opt for two 20's. In that case, put them in the 3rd and 4th positions. Having than three 20's or more, for example, 22-24-27, is not ideal. You also have the option of having no 20's; that gives you 19.3% probability.

Based on the last 3 tips, let me organize how your numbers would look like up to the 4th position. I'm using the following codes:

0X = 01 to 09
1X = 10 to 19
2X = 20 to 29

Option 1 0X 1X 1X 2X
Option 2 0X 1X 2X 2X
Option 3 0X 0X 1X 2X

The table summarizes the probabilities of numbers 1 to 29.

1 instance 0X 40.91% = 40.91%
1X 15.85% 11.18% = 27.03%
2X 12.10% 13.83% = 25.93%

2 instances 0X 26.88% 26.88% = 53.76%
1X 22.05% 20.24% = 42.29%
2X 15.82% 19.17% = 34.99%

Total 0X 67.79% 26.88% = 94.67%
1X 37.90% 31.42% = 69.32%
2X 27.92% 33.00 = 60.92%

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Lotto Tip# 7: Probability of Lotto Results Having 10 to 19

Lotto Tip# 7: Probability of 10 to 19 Being Drawn

Are the teens your favorite numbers, or the numbers beginning with one (called tens) like 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 19? Well, forget it. Actual probability results say that having 6 numbers from 10 to 19 are very unlikely. In fact, no straight 10s have been drawn yet as of this date. See the table below.

Five 10's out of six

If your favorite lotto numbers contain 5 numbers from 10 - 19, the probability of hitting all 5 is 0.10%. That's a very low probability.

Four 10's out of six

If your favorite lotto numbers contain 4 numbers from 10 - 19, the probability of hitting all 4 is 1.76%. That's still very low.

Three 10's out of six

If your favorite lotto numbers contain 3 numbers from 10 - 19, the probability of hitting all 3 is 10.23%. It's an improvement but still low.

Two 10's out of six

If your favorite lotto numbers contain 2 numbers from 10 - 19, the probability of hitting all 2 is 30.22%. That looks fair.

One out of six or none at all

The probability of hitting one number from 10 - 19 is 38.57%; and using not any from 10 - 19 has a chance of 19.12%.

In a Nutshell

Ideally, your lotto numbers should contain only 2 numbers from 10 - 19. You may opt to using only one or none at all, but never 3, 4, 5, or 6 numbers in one row.

If you opt to use only one from 10 - 19, the best position is to put it in the second or third column. If you use two, the best positions are the second and third columns. For example, your first three numbers may be something like 3-12-15 or 2-9-12. You may also opt to something like 1-3-12-17. Should you wish to skip the numbers 1 to 9, your first two numbers should be any two from 10 to 19. Using only one from 10 to 19 in the first position, for example, 12-22-29 is very rare.

Good luck! I hope this guide helps. Remember, enjoy and have fun!

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9/25/2008

Lotto Tip# 6: Probability of 1 - 9 Being Drawn

What's the probability of lotto numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6 (six numbers out of 1 to 9) being drawn? Well, based on statistics, the answer is zero probability.

What if five of your numbers range from 1 to 9?
The probability is 0.05%.

What about if four of your numbers range from 1 to 9?
The probability is 0.94%.

What if three of your numbers range from 1 to 9?
The probability is 7.12%

Two numbers?
The probability is 26.89%. Now that's increasing.

What about one number?
The probability is 40.88%. Now that looks like you should only pick one number from 1 to 9 and the rest should be greater than 9.

What if I don't use any (none) number from 1 to 9?
Well, the probability is 24.11%.

Let's add 40.88%, 26.89%, and 24.11%. The result is 91.88%. That's a better figure. So, that means, your favorite lotto numbers should contain only, at most 2 numbers from 1 to 9, the least is one, or none at all; but never 3, 4, 5, or 6.

The table below is the result of my statistics.

Lotto Results Having 1 To 9


Instance = 0 Col 1 Col 2 Col 3 Col 4 Col 5 Col 6
Sum 944 944 944 944 944 944
Percentage 24.11% 24.11% 24.11% 24.11% 24.11% 24.11%
Instance of 1 to 9 = 0, found in 944 results

Instance = 1 Col 1 Col 2 Col 3 Col 4 Col 5 Col 6
Sum 1601 0 0 0 0 0
Percentage 40.88% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Instance of 1 to 9 = 1, found in 1601 results

Instance = 2 Col 1 Col 2 Col 3 Col 4 Col 5 Col 6
Sum 1053 1053 0 0 0 0
Percentage 26.89% 26.89% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Instance of 1 to 9 = 2, found in 1053 results

Instance = 3 Col 1 Col 2 Col 3 Col 4 Col 5 Col 6
Sum 279 279 279 0 0 0
Percentage 7.12% 7.12% 7.12% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Instance of 1 to 9 = 3, found in 279 results

Instance = 4 Col 1 Col 2 Col 3 Col 4 Col 5 Col 6
Sum 37 37 37 37 0 0
Percentage 0.94% 0.94% 0.94% 0.94% 0.00% 0.00%
Instance of 1 to 9 = 4, found in 37 results

Instance = 5 Col 1 Col 2 Col 3 Col 4 Col 5 Col 6
Sum 2 2 2 2 2 0
Percentage 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.00%
Instance of 1 to 9 = 5, found in 2 results

Grand Total 2972 1371 318 39 2 0

Based on 3916 results
As of Thursday, September 25, 2008
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9/23/2008

Lotto Tip #6 - Lotto Sticky Numbers

Lotto sticky numbers are numbers that frequently win together.

Sticky pairs and sticky 3s recur very often. So, it's okay to play them every now and  then, or as often as you wish. Sticky 4s and sticky 5s, however, are rarely repeated.  Sticky 5s may recur only twice and they recur at a low 1.15% probability.

9/17/2008

Lotto Tip #5 - Sum Of The Six Numbers Of Every Jackpot Drawn

Samples used for this calculation is 3915 jackpot results that cover the lotto games 6/42, 6/45, and 6/49.

Maybe it's not significant that the sum of lotto numbers have something to do with increasing the chances of winning. An analysis of the lotto results however reveal that an extremely low sum, like 38, rarely happens; and, an extremely high sum, like 248, rarely happens as well.

Between 38 and 248, our median is 137. This means that the sum of your lotto numbers should be around 137. If we're going to talk about the frequency of a sum, 144 is the hottest sum. However, though the sum 144 appeared 57 times, that's only 1.4%. So, we have to consider a range that will cover at least 95% of the population. The table below summarizes my analysis.

Ideal lowest sum78
Ideal highest sum189
Mode144
Median137
Lowest sum38
Highest sum248

The ideal sum, lowest to highest, is the range of sum that has a 94% probability. Therefore, if you're going to add your lotto numbers, the sum must be between 78 -189.

You may download a file related to this at the download site . The LG Plus tools contain the data.





9/16/2008

Parable of the Talents

What do you do with your money?

Give. Share. Use it. Spend it. Save some but don't keep everything and hide it for good. In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), God teaches us his commandment on what we do with our talents, skills, knowledge, riches, money, possessions, and other blessings. We have to share them.

Not everyone is equipped with programming skill. I am thankful that I am blessed with it. This blog is my way of sharing what I can do with my skill. I truly do hope that you'd benefit from this blog. If you did, remember to share your blessings in the most appropriate way.

Lotto Tip# 4 - Lower and Upper Limits

Lower limits are the lowest numbers ever drawn drawn together. Upper limits are the highest numbers ever drawn. The significance of the lower and upper limits is that your 6-number lotto combination should not be less than the lower limits and should not be greater than the higher limits. The upper and lower limits for the following lotto games are:
  • Lotto 642 - Lower limit 1-2-3-4-8-10
  • Lotto 642 - Upper limit 26-33-38-40-41-42
  • Mega 645 - Lower limit 1-2-3-6-9-16
  • Mega 645 - Upper limit 31-37-39-43-44-45
  • Super 649 - Lower limit 1-2-4-8-10-18
  • Super 649 - Upper limit 33-39-41-47-48-49
  • All games - Lower limit 1-2-3-4-8-10
  • All games - Upper limit 33-39-41-47-48-49
Lower and upper limits change as the population of samples (jackpot results) increase its size.

Understanding the Bounds How to use the above data? In Lotto 642, it suggests that your 6-number combination should be between the lower limits and the upper limits. For example, don't bet yet on 1-2-3-4-5-6 because statistics says that your numbers should be greater than 1-2-3-4-8-10. You can try, however, 1-2-3-5-9-11, for example.  On the other hand, your numbers should not be greater than 26-33-38-40-41-42. That means, waging on 27-34-40-41-42 is not advisable. Same rule applies for Mega645 and Super649.

To narrow down your choices of combinations, you may opt to increase or decrease the lower and upper limits in such a way you consider only the 90% with high probability.

9/09/2008

Philippine Lotto Results - 6/42 Year 1995

Here's a list of Philippine Lotto 6/42 results in the year 1995, the year Philippine lotto started.

Are your favorite numbers listed here? If they are, might as well form a new combination. Based on statistics, the jackpot numbers below are unlikely to be drawn again. Any combination of 5 or 4 numbers from any result drawn are also unlikely to win again. Any 5 from the 6-number jackpot can recur only twice, a probability of 1.15%. Any 4 from the 6-number jackpot can recur also with a probability of 0.87%.

Lotto 6/42 Jackpot Numbers (1995)
Draw Date1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
3/8/1995 4 20 22 30 34 38
3/15/1995 8 14 24 30 36 40
3/22/1995 5 12 14 22 30 35
3/29/1995 1 9 25 26 37 40
4/5/1995 2 20 28 37 41 42
4/12/1995 1 4 18 25 32 40
4/19/1995 6 25 26 29 35 40
4/26/1995 1 14 15 27 32 40
5/3/1995 1 11 32 33 39 41
5/10/1995 8 9 10 25 28 33
5/17/1995 10 20 30 32 34 42
5/24/1995 16 21 22 28 29 33
5/31/1995 1 9 10 15 36 39
6/7/1995 6 7 11 15 18 31
6/10/1995 1 3 13 21 36 40
6/14/1995 5 12 13 30 31 35
6/21/1995 13 20 23 28 29 42
6/28/1995 1 7 9 19 28 37
7/5/1995 8 10 22 34 35 38
7/12/1995 3 5 7 12 18 25
7/19/1995 9 17 21 27 32 42
7/26/1995 12 13 15 17 19 33
8/2/1995 2 7 16 19 23 30
8/9/1995 3 8 17 23 29 37
8/16/1995 3 9 10 14 26 41
8/23/1995 4 17 24 25 32 38
8/30/1995 2 3 9 21 33 36
9/6/1995 16 18 23 31 38 41
9/13/1995 4 8 9 27 28 39
9/20/1995 6 12 19 34 41 42
9/27/1995 5 18 20 24 27 35
10/4/1995 7 10 17 24 26 36
10/11/1995 9 14 20 22 29 35
10/18/1995 6 10 14 34 39 42
10/25/1995 10 12 18 20 35 39
11/1/1995 2 13 27 30 39 42
11/8/1995 1 3 11 23 31 34
11/11/1995 3 20 31 33 39 42
11/15/1995 4 6 7 14 15 36
11/18/1995 3 11 19 32 39 42
11/22/1995 5 7 8 21 28 39
11/25/1995 6 17 21 33 35 38
11/29/1995 2 17 22 25 26 39
12/2/1995 7 8 11 15 18 22
12/6/1995 6 8 26 35 36 41
12/9/1995 6 7 8 21 24 26
12/13/1995 2 4 11 16 23 31
12/16/1995 12 15 21 25 39 42
12/20/1995 2 10 27 31 38 39
12/23/1995 12 16 34 37 39 40
12/27/1995 5 7 12 16 23 30
12/30/1995 1 4 14 15 20 39

Lotto Tip #3: Any 4 Of Jackpot Numbers Are Also Rarely Repeated

Update: Lately, draw result patterns have been irregular. 


Tip#3. All four-number combinations formed out of your 6-number set should have not been part of any result drawn previously from all 6/42, 6/45, and 6/49 lotto. As of 8 Sep 2008, PCSO has drawn 3,901 lotto numbers for 6/42, Mega 6/45, and Super 6/49 lottos combined. Out of 3,901 results, we can form 58,515 quads (4-number set). Out of 58,515 quads, only 8,293 resulted to multiple results or  14.17%. The occurrence of a multiple quad is from 2 to 5 times. This means that if 4 of your favorite numbers have already been drawn before, the chance of being drawn again is 14.17%. It is better to bet on another set. Are your numbers found below? If you find your numbers here, might as well change it to a set that is not listed here. Tip: select a set that is not in the series.


Sets of 4 (Drawn Quads)


1 - 10 - 11 - 22 1 - 10 - 11 - 23 1 - 10 - 11 - 27 1 - 10 - 11 - 31 1 - 10 - 11 - 451 - 10 - 15 - 17 1 - 10 - 15 - 22 1 - 10 - 15 - 36 1 - 10 - 15 - 38 1 - 10 - 18 - 24 1 - 10 - 18 - 26 1 - 10 - 18 - 391 - 10 - 19 - 21 1 - 10 - 19 - 22 1 - 10 - 19 - 24 1 - 10 - 19 - 26 1 - 10 - 19 - 31 1 - 10 - 19 - 32
1 - 10 - 21 - 22 1 - 10 - 21 - 29 1 - 10 - 21 - 32 1 - 10 - 22 - 25 1 - 10 - 22 - 27 1 - 10 - 22 - 45 1 - 10 - 23 - 36 1 - 10 - 24 - 261 - 10 - 25 - 38 1 - 10 - 25 - 41 1 - 10 - 25 - 45 1 - 10 - 30 - 41 1 - 10 - 31 - 32 1 - 10 - 31 - 33 1 - 10 - 31 - 42 1 - 10 - 31 - 451 - 10 - 32 - 33 1 - 10 - 32 - 39 1 - 10 - 33 - 39 1 - 10 - 36 - 39 1 - 10 - 38 - 43 1 - 10 - 44 - 45

Tip# 2 Five of your 6 numbers should have not been part of any result drawn previously.
Tip# 1 Your 6 numbers should have not been drawn before.

8/31/2008

EZ2 Lotto 11 AM PCSO Draw Results August 2008

The following are PCSO EZ2 lotto results from the 11:00 AM draws, August 25-31, 2008.

Date 1st 2nd
08/25/08 21 28
08/26/08 6 25
08/27/08 26 26
08/28/08 22 1
08/29/08 31 22
08/30/08 2 21
08/31/08 13 22


8/29/2008

Lotto Tip #2: Any 5 Of The Jackpot Numbers Are Rarely Repeated Together

Take 5 numbers from any previous jackpot numbers and combine them with a new number? Will they win, say 6 matches? Possible but very unlikely.

A group of 6 numbers can form six 5-number combinations. For example, from the March 8, 1995 draw, the jackpot numbers 4-20-22-30-34-38 can form the following 5-number combinations:
  • 04 - 20 - 22 - 30 - 34
  • 04 - 20 - 22 - 30 - 38
  • 04 - 20 - 22 - 34 - 38
  • 04 - 20 - 30 - 34 - 38
  • 04 - 22 - 30 - 34 - 38
  • 20 - 22 - 30 - 34 - 38
If you tried these numbers again, they have never won up to this time. The reason is that, any 5 numbers from previous jackpot numbers rarely win again.

5805 jackpot numbers from lotto 6/42, 6/45, 6/49, and 6/55 studied. From 5805 jackpot draw results, 34830 five-number combinations are formed. Out of 34830 combinations, only 395 combinations won twice or repeated. None of them won more than twice.

Therefore, for every 87 combos, one occurs twice; or a ratio 1:87 or 1.15% probability of winning again calculated as follows:
     
         87.177 = (34830 - 395) ÷ 395
          1.15% =  1 ÷ 87.177
          1.15% =  395 ÷ (34830 - 395)

As of 8/27/2008, 3,889 combined results have been drawn from the 6/42, 6/45, and 6/49 lotto. These results produce 23,334 quints. I wanted to find out if there's any quint that would be most often 'hot'. I found out that out of 23,334 quints, only 192 quints appeared twice; and not one appeared more than twice. Therefore, the probability of a quint being drawn twice is only 0.82%.

That means, if 5 of your lotto numbers have been part of any drawn result before, it is unlikely that they'd be drawn again. So, might as well substitute one number with another one to form a new combination.

You can download my Lotto Checker to help you find out if your lotto numbers had the won a jackpot previously, or the second prize, which is 5 numbers matched.

In a Nutshell

We have produced 2 parameters at this point.
  1. Your lotto 6-number combination should be unique, which means never been drawn before in all 6/42, 6/45, 6/49 and 6/55 lotto.
  2. Any 5 from your lotto numbers should also be unique, which means never won 5 matches from previous drawings.

8/12/2008

Lotto Tip #1: Jackpot Numbers Are Unique

This is an interesting discovery! Jackpot numbers are unique. They are not repeated. They don't win the second time.

After I had entered all the jackpot numbers from all the Philippine system-6 lotto drawings (there were only 6/42 and 6/45 then), the very first thing that my program did was to check any duplicate entries. If there were, I had to verify if my data were correct. After each correction, I would run the program again until there were no more errors. When my program was no longer showing duplicate entries, I realized that that means the jackpot numbers were all unique! Interesting! For that reason, that finding pushed my curious mind the more to perform more extensive tests.

From time to time, I would test this fact. When lotto 6/49 was born, the fact remained the same until October 11, 2006 when the numbers 1, 4, 9, 16, 36, 37 won from Mega lotto 6/45. The same numbers won on September 22, 1999, also from Mega Lotto 6/45.

Based on 3,867 4012 results, only two of them are exactly the same. This is the very first and only jackpot numbers that won twice. No other jackpot numbers were ever drawn more than once.

Even if there exists already one instance of jackpot numbers winning twice, the probability of this to happen again is very low – 1 instance for every 4012 draws. For that reason, it remains wiser to play lotto numbers that are unique. That means, your 6-number lotto combination that you wish to play must remain unique — never been drawn before.

Update: 5,805 jackpot numbers were gathered. This already includes jackpot numbers from Lotto 6/55. As of today (4/24/12), the fact remains the same that only one jackpot numbers had won twice. That means for every 5805 draws, 2 have the same jackpot numbers; or 2:5805 or 0.03%.

The Probability of Each Number
The Odds of Winning

8/11/2008

Play All Numbers and Combine Them In Uneven Distribution

All-number 6/42 Matrix Evenly Spread
1st Pos2nd Pos3rd Pos4th Pos5th Pos6th Pos
1815222936
2916233037
31017243138
41118253239
51219263340
61320273441
71421283542

Take a look at the matrix on the left. All the numbers 1 to 42 are present and they are evenly spread (all 6 numbers apart). The numbers are in ascending order so that we can evenly spread them. The question is: Is it a good idea to evenly spread the numbers? The answer is NO. Based on statistics, not one result had the numbers evenly spread whether 1 number apart, 2 numbers apart, 3 numbers apart, etc. Therefore, the idea is to combine the numbers unevenly distributed. If arranged in ascending order, the numbers apart between two numbers should be variant. If we played this matrix in December 2008, we could have hit 3 numbers correctly 5 times.

Modified All-Number 6/42 Matrix

All-number 6/42 Matrix Distributed Unevenly
1st Pos2nd Pos3rd Pos4th Pos5th Pos6th Pos
11417233540
21521223439
31318303236
41216262841
5919313338
61011242937
7820252742

The next table is the modified all-number 6/42 matrix. This time, I have unevenly spread the numbers. Assuming we played these numbers in December 2008, we could have hit 3 numbers correctly ten times. Not bad; better than none. However, the sad part is that the winnings were not enough to cover what we could have spent. That's the reason why playing lotto every day is not advisable. If your budget is only P100 a week, then play only once a week. That way you don't have to lose much. Might as well save P100 a day. At the end of the month you'd have P3000. Then once a month, spend P500 or P1000 out of your savings to play the lotto. If you budget your money, spending doesn't hurt much.

Selected Lotto Results
Lotto GameJackpot NumbersDate of Draw
6/4231-38-17-5-13-0912/2/2008
6/4508-07-14-16-43-2712/3/2008
6/4240-18-41-12-19-0412/6/2008
6/4538-43-03-36-21-1312/10/2008
6/4509-23-02-36-14-3512/12/2008
6/4913-24-27-08-42-3112/14/2008
6/4501-19-40-35-12-0812/15/2008
6/4225-38-35-42-11-0812/16/2008
6/4539-25-08-43-13-2712/24/2008
6/4217-25-23-12-08-3512/30/2008

So, how good was our matrix? It could have been better if we had hit 4 numbers correctly. Perhaps, in the future, we would. The bottom line, however, is that the modified-matrix is better than the previous one. :)

The third table shows the actual results when we could have hit 3 numbers correctly.

In the meantime, let's leave our matrix that way.

The Probability of Each Number
The Odds of Winning

8/10/2008

The Probability of Each Number Making A Match

In my previous post, I mentioned the number of combinations that can be formed from lotto 6/42, 6/45, 6/49 and 6/55. Based on those figures, we already know that our odds of winning the lotto 6/42 is 1 over 5 million. From lotto 6/45, it is 1 over 8 million; from 6/49, 1 over 13 million; and from lotto 6/55, 1 over 28 million.

Playing Lotto 6/42, therefore, gives you better chances of hitting a number correctly than from lotto 6/45, 6/49 or 6/55. No wonder why the 6/42 jackpot is often won, more frequently compared to the jackpots of 6/45, 6/49, and lotto 6/55.

For each number in 6/42, the chance of hitting it correctly is 1:42 or 2.38%. With 6 numbers, 21.43%; but, you have to play all numbers in order to benefit from that probability. That means forming seven 6-number combinations. At least, that assures you that 6 of these numbers will make a hit. It's just a matter of combining them effectively. The challenge now is which numbers would you combine with other numbers. Try LGPlus to find out.

The Odds of Winning

8/09/2008

The Odds of Winning Lotto

The odds of winning a lotto is 1 in a million – 5 to 28 million depending on the type of game.

The table below shows the number of combinations you can make on each type of lotto game. For lotto 6/55, for example, the odds or chance of winning a jackpot is 1 : 28 million.

Lotto TypeNumber of Combinations
6/425,245,786
6/458,145,060
6/4913,983,816
6/5528,989,675

To get these results, use this formula:

c = n! / (n-r)! / r!

where:

c = the number of combinations;
n = the highest lotto number in the game
r = how many numbers are drawn
! = the factorial of a number

For example, for lotto 6/42, n = 42 and r = 6. Using the formula: c = 42! / (42-6)! / 6!; i.e. the factorial of 42 divided by the factorial of 42 minus 6 divided by the factorial of 6. The factorial of a number is derived at by multiplying consecutive numbers. For example, the factorial of 6 or 6! is derived at by 6 x 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.

The Significance of These Numbers

The Philippine Lotto has drawn more than 3,975 5,310 jackpot numbers out of 56,364,337 million combinations. Can you imagine your chance of winning with one combination only? Therefore, to increase your chances of winning, play multiple combinations once or twice a month instead of playing 1 combination everyday. But if your budget is tight, playing 1 combination is not that bad idea. If you could only come up with the "perfect combination" or the combinations with high probabilities, maybe, your chances would be more positive. But how?

The LG+ or Lotto Generator Plus that can be downloaded from this page is a tool that calculates the probability of each lotto number or group of numbers.

Increasing the Odds of Winning

To increase the odds of being "lucky"  in a lotto game, you can eliminate the unlikely chances of winning. For example, the combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 is possible but very unlikely for the reason that a winning combination is usually a mix of numbers with no specific patterns. The lowest winning combination so far is 1-2-3-4-14-20. From 6/42 game, it is 2-5-6-7-8-10.

One by one, I'm going to explore the possibility of identifying which number combinations may be likely or unlikely to be drawn. So, do get back to this blog again and check out.

Good Luck and Good Fortune!

8/08/2008

History of Philippine Lotto

English Lottery 1566 Scroll. Courtesy Wikipedia.
Lottery in the Philippines started in the 1850s. Dr. Jose Rizal won P6,000 from lotto in September 1892. He spent one-third of it to build a house in Calamba.

In 1995, Manuel Morato, then chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office , revived the lottery games in the Philippines with the aim to increase more funds for the PCSO's charity programs. The current lottery started with only the Lotto 6/42 game. It's very first draw was on March 8, 1995. The winning number combination was 4, 20, 22, 30, 34, and 38. Today, Philippine Lotto also includes Grandlotto 6/55, Superlotto 6/49, and Megalotto 6/45.

Early history of the lottery is said to have started in China during the Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 B.C.  You can read a wider scope of the history of lottery in the world at Wikipedia.