Grand Lotto 6/55 Frequency Of Skippers

If a repeater is a number that wins again on the next draw, a skipper does not; but instead, wins again after the next draw. There is one draw apart.

The table below shows how frequent a number skips and how many numbers usually skip.

Frequency of Skippers
SkippersFreq% Recur
352100%
018051%2
113338%3
2329%11
372%50
400%0


How often does a skip occur? A skip occurs every, but not exactly, 3 draws. Based on 352 draw results, 49% of those has skippers. On the other hand, as frequent as a number skips, jackpot numbers do not contain any skipper (51%).

How many numbers usually skip? At most, 38% of all the jackpot numbers contain 1 skipper. There were only a few times (9%) that the winning results contain 2 skippers or 3 skippers (2%).

When do skippers usually recur? If today the jackpot has a skipper, the next draw contains again another skipper (see first item below with 0-85). Half that probability, a skipper may not recur until after 1 to 3 draws.

Skips Recurrence
Draws Freq
172
085
140
221
315
45
54
61
71
80

A view from another angle

The idea of repeats and skips may sound confusing, and, perhaps, unnecessary. To give you a clearer understanding, let me illustrate.

Let's just say that every day, there is a lotto drawing and you want to find out where the winning numbers may come from. Will one of the winning numbers come from yesterday's draw or a day before that? If from yesterday's draw, a number is repeated. If from the day before that, a number is not repeated, instead, it skips one draw. It's also possible that both a repeater and a skipper exist at the same time. It is also possible that neither can exist.

The illustration that follows uses example lotto numbers. The ones shaded blue are repeaters. Those in red are skippers. The #2 and #8 skip a draw before they win again. The one in yellow is a leaper – it skips 2 (or more) draws before it wins again. Wouldn't it be great if you would have an idea where the next winning number can come from, whether from yesterday or 5 days before that?

Repeats And Skips Illustrated
Draw DateL#1 L#2L#3L#4L#5L#6
Today123456
Yesterday17891011
The other day2712131415
Earlier days3812161718


To repeat or to skip – that is the question. The table that follows groups the repeaters and skippers to illustrate if it is possible that a jackpot result may contain both a repeater and a skipper. Values 11 to 23 mean that there exist both a repeater and a skipper. Values 10 to 30 mean that there exist only repeaters. Values 01 to 03 mean that there exist only skippers. Zero-zero means that neither a repeater or skipper exists. Notice the percentages. They are almost close to each other; not much deviation. That means that there are 4 possible options that are almost equally probable.

Frequency of Repeats and Skips Combined
DrawsFreq Subtotal% Remarks
350 350 100%
00949427%No repeats, no skips
1154
1216
131
2121
223
232 9728%Combination of repeats and skips
1069
2011
304 8424%Only repeats, no skips
0158
0213
034 7521%Only skips, no repeats

Applying repeats and skips to combine numbers

When combining numbers, you can observe these rules based on the factors we just established in relation to repeaters and skippers. To keep it simple, let's assume that there is a lotto 6/55 draw every day.

Option 1
  • Repeat 1 number from yesterday's draw (1 repeater).
  • Repeat 1 number from the draw just before yesterday (1 skipper).
  • Get the other 4 numbers from any time 2 days ago or earlier (4 leapers).
Option 2
  • Repeat 1 number from yesterday's draw (1 repeater).
  • Get the other 5 numbers from any time 2 days ago or earlier (5 leapers).
Option 3
  • Repeat 1 number from the draw just before yesterday (1 skipper).
  • Get the other 5 numbers from any time 2 days ago or earlier (5 leapers).
Option 4
  • Get 6 numbers from any time 2 days ago or earlier (6 leapers, no repeater, no skipper).

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