Virginia Lottery And The Math-Based Strategy To Win
Last updated on January 2, 2021
You spend $1-2 a day for a Virginia Lottery ticket using your favorite numbers.
It’s still worth it since I can donate to the Commonwealth’s K-12 public schools.
You tell this to yourself each time you lose.
Nothing seems wrong except to realize it’s time to stop because the desperation from losing is not worth your charitable justification.
You are better off stopping than developing an unpleasant habit of trying to recover huge losses.
However, let me first show a better way of playing the game before finally saying, “I’m done buying lottery tickets.”
I cannot tell exactly when you will win, but I can explain how you could play your game with the best shot possible.
Learn to use a mathematical strategy for winning the lottery.
Are there tools you can use to win in the Virginia lottery?
There are, but definitely, statistics is not one of those tools.
Let me explain.
Every Virginia Lottery draw game has a specific web page where you can see its rules, prizes, and past numbers. Click on “Past Numbers” to sight previous winning numbers.
Crunch the Numbers. This option caught my attention.
This option lets users see the statistics for each ball in the game. For example, there are 41 balls in Cash 5, and the “Crunch the Numbers” button will give the statistics for each of these balls.
You will know the number of times they have drawn each ball over several draws. Therefore, this option serves a good purpose for players who rely on lotto game statistics to determine hot and cold numbers.
Statistics is a method that many lotto players have long been using to select the numbers they will mark on their play slips. The question, however, is if this method really works.
Interestingly, the number-crunching option also provides an important disclaimer. “Remember that every draw is random and that each number has the same chance as any other of being selected,” it says.
This reminder agrees with the basis of our discussion. The image above is a visual representation of the lottery’s randomness.
Statistics may actually show the frequently and infrequently appearing numbers in 100 previous draws. This observation will change with a significant number of draws. The dots will change from white to gray to dark gray and then red, as you can see in this article.
Each of these lotto numbers will converge around the same frequency with plentitude draws. This proves the law of large numbers. Therefore, there are no hot and cold numbers.
Statistical analysis will never work in any Virginia lottery game. This is a fact that many players still refuse to believe.
What will work in the lottery then?
In front of you is a leather bag.
This bag contains 10 marbles.
The marbles come in red, yellow and blue.
You can use statistics and the sampling method to determine the exact number of marbles in each color.
In contrast, statistical sampling is not an applicable tool for games like the lottery. Remember that in a lotto game, you definitely know how many balls there are. In Cash 5, Bank a Million, and Cash4Life of the Virginia State Lottery, players also know how many numbers they can pick.
The lottery is random, yet, the lottery’s randomness and finite structure are what players may take advantage of if they want to one day win.
The lottery is like a battle, competition, or match. You must create a fighting strategy that considers every move or attack, so you will know which ones will work best on your opponent.
In a lottery, your possible attacks are the possible combinations you can create out of your number choices. Your fighting strategy is applying combinatorics and probability theory to pick the combination with the best odds of winning.
Remember this; we don’t use statistics in a finite game like the lottery; the right tools to use are combinatorial math and probability theory.
There are two primary mathematical concepts to learn and embrace to play the lottery with confidence rather than to play with your fingers crossed. These are probability and odds.
It is crucial to keep in mind that odds and probability are two different mathematical terms. Each has a different meaning in the lottery.
If you recall, back in school days, your math teacher discussed these topics as a pair. I believe this is because people ought to apply them together in many real-life situations like the lottery.
Probability numerically describes the likelihood that an event will occur. Odds numerically describe the ratio of success to failure, which means the number of ways an event occurs against the number of ways it will not occur.
In lotteries, the formula for probability is
For example, the Cash 5 game of Virginia Lottery has a total combination of 749,398. The probability that you will win in this game is 1 in 749,398.
The same is true, with Bank a Million. There are 3,838,380 combinations here, so the probability of winning is 1 in 3,838,380.
In the Cash4Life game, the total combinations without the Cash Ball are 5,461,512, so the probability a player will win is 1 in 5,461,512.
No matter the game and no matter what combination you play for, this probability does not change. Unfortunately, many players rely on pure luck to help them get over this probability fact.
For them, it does not matter whether they play with a strategy since the outcome will either be a win or a loss for them. This mindset will only make you lose money unnecessarily.
It is good to have a strong will not to chase your losses and avoid developing a compulsion. Otherwise, plan your games well so you can spend money well. This is where you must develop a mathematical strategy based on the ratio of success to failure or what we call odds.
To compute for odds in a Virginia lottery game, the formula below applies:
Considering just the possibility of winning and not thinking about the odds can waste your chances.
In Cash 5, you can use the combination 1-2-3-4-5. For Bank a Million, a player may use a combination like 4-8-12-16-20-24. You may also mark the numbers 8, 14, 22, 28, and 32 on a Cash4Life ticket.
Your number selection could be all odd or even numbers or a mix of odd and even numbers.
Referring to the table above, the 1-2-3-4-5 combination for Cash 5 contains 3-odd and 2-even numbers. Since there are 749,398 combinations for this game, this combination offers the odds of 252,700 ways to win over 496,698 ways to lose. Thus, odds refer to the ratio of success to failure.
Let us see how the player’s 4-8-12-16-20-24 will fare in the Bank a Million game. From the table above, this combination belongs to the 0-odd-6-even group, which only gives 38,760 ways of winning, but 3,799,620 ways of failing. Thus, it is one of the worst choices of combination to play.
What can you learn from these examples? That you do not necessarily have to think you have only one way to win, and there is no way to get around it. Realize that you have a choice. You can always make a better choice. Choose the combinations with the most favorable ratio of success to failure. This is better than arbitrarily picking numbers because there are only 2 probable outcomes.
RememberTo achieve the goal of winning in the lottery, know the ratio of success to failure. No one can control the underlying probability of lotteries. None can beat the lottery’s odds. Yet, a perceptive lotto player will use his power to know and make the right choice. He may even choose not to play if he perceives it to be the best action.
To make the most out of your lotto entertainment money, you need to pay for tickets with carefully selected combinations of numbers. This applies to Cash4Life and other lotto games too.
Careful selection means minding whether the number you mark on the ticket is an odd or an even number. After all, your combination’s odd-even composition will determine how many opportunities you could have over many draws.
Our example above for Cash4Life, 8, 14, 22, 28, and 32 are all even numbers. Based on the table above, a 5-even combination is the most terrible number selection because this could match the winning combination out of 38 play attempts.
Without considering the ratio of success to failure before choosing the numbers, you will have more chances of betting on the wrong combinations. Through a mathematical strategy, there will be fewer times you will choose the wrong combinations.
You will have more times to play with combinations that have more opportunities to match the winning combination. If you are a smart player, would you waste this opportunity? No.
Thus, learning more about combinatorics and probability will be a clever decision.
Introducing, the combinatorial groups in Virginia Lottery games
The finite structure of a lottery comes from the pick size and number field of each game.
The Virginia Lottery reminds us that every number has an equal opportunity in the draws. This is because each ball in the drum shares the same texture, weight, and size as the other balls.
No biases favor one ball (or some balls) over the others. Yet, with only one ball or number, you cannot play the lottery. You must complete the required pick size to play for a combination.
In Cash 5, the number field is 1-41, while the pick size is 5. Therefore, you must have the best combination of 5 numbers from the options of 1 to 41.
Bank a Million has 1 to 40 balls from which you must create a 6-number combination.
The number field in Cash4Life is 1 to 60. Its pick size is 5, so play for a combination containing 5 numbers.
A player must know this basic information about numbers and combinations because this will help him appreciate using a combinatorial group in playing the lottery with the best shot at the jackpot.
Remember that a combination contains numbers. In a lottery game, a number could be odd or even and low or high. The quantity of odd-even, low-high numbers will determine a combination’s composition.
Composition gives a combination with its distinctive characteristic that corresponds to its ratio of success to failure. This should be the focus of your strategy for Virginia Lottery games.
This composition will then put each lotto game’s combination according to its group. The previous images above showed some of these combinatorial groups (you will see more of these groups below).
RememberThere is only one probability of winning regardless if you play with a 3-low-2-high or a 5-low combination. The ratio of success to failure can tell you which between the two offers more ways of winning. You will not choose the 5-low combination because it has more ways of losing than the 3-low-2-high combination.
Knowing how to pick the best composition will allow you to avoid selecting the worst combinations. Otherwise, you will wait too long to match the winning combination.
For example, in the Virginia Lottery Cash 5 game, the best choice of combination is one with 3 low and 2 high numbers. Thus, will you mark all 5 low numbers on the lotto ticket, knowing you may have just one chance at matching the winning combination out of the 37 games you play?
An excellent decision to make when playing Bank a Million is to select 3 low and 3 high numbers. This is because it gives about 34 times more ways of winning than all 6 low numbers.
Without this knowledge, you will probably continue playing using combinations other than the 3-low-3-high pattern. Money flushes down the drain with this way of playing.
Will you be okay with this possibility of wasting more money? The decision is yours, so make the most out of it.
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