Based on my observations, hot and cold numbers are not permanent. What's hot today may be cold after 9 draws. The all-time hot numbers, i.e. most frequently winning numbers of all time, do not usually win together. For example, the all-time hot numbers 26, 40, 55, 29, 34 and 18 have not made it to the jackpot; not even the 2nd prize. They have won 4 numbers twice though, and 3 numbers nine times. The reason for that is that, perhaps, these numbers do not belong to the same set of balls. Nevertheless, it's a good combination and winning the jackpot is not impossible. It's just a matter of timing – i.e. when all statistical factors are favorable.
Four Seasons: Defining the hot and cold zonesHere's how I categorized the last 21 lotto draws. I used the 4 seasons: summer, spring, autumn, and winter to define the hot and cold zones and those in between. The summer period refers to most recent draws while the winter refers to the earlier draws.
- Summer. The hot season. This is the zone or period where you find the hot numbers. It refers to the last 6 draws.
- Spring. The numbers here are neither hot nor cold but they spring up to win from time to time. It refers to the next 3 draws prior to the last 6 draws. All in all, the summer period plus the spring period equals (the last) 9 draws.
- Autumn. This is the season when numbers turn cold. Count the next 6 draws earlier than the last nine draws, that's your autumn.
- Winter. This is the season when numbers turn colder and tend to hibernate. Prior to the autumn period, count another 6 draws and that's your winter. All in all, the full season covers the last 21 draws.
Some statistical tips
- There's a 98% chance that 1 to 5 of the jackpot numbers may come from the summer season.
- There's a 97% chance that zero to 2 of the jackpot numbers may come from the spring season.
- There's a 98% chance that zero to 3 of the jackpot numbers may come from the autumn season.
- There's a 99% chance that zero to 2 of the jackpot numbers may come from the winter season.
In A NutshellTo define the hot and cold seasons of a recent lotto period, get the last 21 draws. Beginning from the latest one, divide the draws into 4 periods as follows: 6, 3, 6, 6 where each period covers 6 draws except for the 2nd period, which covers only 3 draws. I name the 4 periods in this order: summer, spring, autumn, winter.
What's the significance of this? You can establish high probability factors that may affect a winning number. For example, how many cold numbers should I play or how many hot numbers. What about the numbers that are neither hot nor cold? How many of them should I play?
In the future, I will tell you the exact statistics that determines how many winning numbers may come from each season.