Here's one strategy on how I combine lotto numbers. It's not perfect yet but, at least, it gives me an idea where the numbers may come from. The technique is to eliminate the numbers with lower probability so that what remain are fewer numbers to choose from.

For lotto 6/55, for example, we know that there are more than 28 million combinations. To choose what's perfect for a jackpot is worse than finding a needle in a haystack. Moreover, to pick 6 numbers out of 55 can lead you to a dead end. Due to the many possible choices that you can make, you simply can't make a choice.

To make your job easier, to zero in on the numbers that may likely win can be one good strategy; i.e. if you can isolate these numbers. To try how possible it is, I came up with this method. Like I said earlier, it's not perfect. However, if you look at a bigger picture, I consider approach promising. Here's how to do it.

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For lotto 6/55, for example, we know that there are more than 28 million combinations. To choose what's perfect for a jackpot is worse than finding a needle in a haystack. Moreover, to pick 6 numbers out of 55 can lead you to a dead end. Due to the many possible choices that you can make, you simply can't make a choice.

To make your job easier, to zero in on the numbers that may likely win can be one good strategy; i.e. if you can isolate these numbers. To try how possible it is, I came up with this method. Like I said earlier, it's not perfect. However, if you look at a bigger picture, I consider approach promising. Here's how to do it.

**Collect the jackpot numbers from the last 24 results**. For each lotto number, count the number of times it occurred (frequency) and make a tally sheet of your findings.**Eliminate the cold numbers**. Based on your tally, all lotto numbers with zero frequency are considered cold numbers. Cross them out. If no number has zero frequency, all numbers that occurred only once beyond the last 20 results are also cold numbers. Cold numbers tend to remain cold for a longer period.**Group and tally the numbers based on seed numbers**(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). To figure out the seed number of a 2-digit number, just add the two digits. For example, the seed number of 25 is 7 (2+5=7). So, for group 1, the numbers 1, 10, 19, 28, 37, 46, 55 belong to seed number 1. Group 2 consists of the lotto numbers 2, 11, 20, 29, 38, 47; and so forth and so on. Sum up the frequencies of each lotto number in each group so that for each group you will have the total frequencies.

Very rare that any 4 numbers belonging to one seed group make it to the jackpot. At most is 3 numbers but this is rare as well.

At this point, you can eliminate the group with the lowest total frequency.**Next is to group the lotto numbers according to frequency of occurrence**. For example, you group together all numbers that occurred 7 times. In another group, you group all numbers that occurred 6 times; and so forth and so on. Once you're done tallying everything, you will notice that 3 or 4 groups contain more numbers than the other groups. Concentrate on these groups. Your numbers will be coming from these groups.

If there are only 3 numbers or less that belong to a particular group, you can eliminate these groups.- It's true that a number can be drawn repeatedly up to 2
consecutive draws, even up to 3 consecutive draws but that's very
rare. If repeated, only one number is repeated. Two numbers being
repeated is very rare. On the other hand, more often an occurrence is
that a number is not repeated. The probability of a number
__not__being repeated is higher than being at all repeated. Therefore, at this point, you can also**cross out the numbers from the latest draw**. In case, one of them is repeated, you still have a chance to win the 2^{nd}prize. - Now it's
**time to combine your lotto numbers**. When combining your lotto numbers, don't pick more than 3 numbers from one group alone.

There are other factors to consider when combining lotto numbers like odd-even ratio, sum of numbers, distance between two numbers, etc. Use the**LG+**(available at the download site) so that your lotto combinations can consider these factors.

- Horizontally, the lotto numbers are grouped according to frequency of occurrence.
- Vertically, the lotto numbers are grouped according to seed number. The seed numbers are arranged according to greater total frequency (see footer figures).
- Boxed in yellow border are the groups where lotto numbers concentrate more (also highlighted in pink under the Count column).
- The grayed numbers are those that were crossed out. These are the cold numbers and those that were recently drawn.
- The lotto numbers boxed individually in yellow-gold are the numbers that won on May 9, 2012.

To make things easier for you to tally and group the numbers, use the tool Lotto 6/nn Statistics or the
Lotto Trends Calculator which you can download at the download site.

### Happy Winning!

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