How To Use Lucky Numbers To Win The Lottery
Last updated on January 2, 2021
It is not easy to disprove superstitions without first learning why coincidences or lucky numbers occur in the lottery.
Someone sent me an email and said this:
My Uncle won the lottery several times (no jackpot, though) in the ’90s, and he claimed that luck plays an important role. I don’t know, but I am trying my lucky numbers in the lottery, yet it seems that I am not as lucky as my Uncle. Surprisingly we hear the news of players winning the jackpot twice or even more. Can you explain why sometimes the lottery favors few players?
I would agree if someone claimed that he had won the lottery because of luck. That’s because in a random event where you don’t know what’s going to happen next and you win, what else can you call that but “luck” indeed.
However, striking luck twice or several times is said to be unusual in a sense. Even if the odds of winning the lottery are seemingly improbable, some people achieve a continuous winning streak. For example, a man won the Illinois lottery twice.,
Every once in awhile, we hear unusual stories of lucky lotto players such as the Colorado man who won the Powerball jackpot twice on the same day.
Such an occurrence happened not just once. A Newark man and a woman in Virginia experienced this too on different occasions.,
So why do all these happen in a truly random, fair, and unbiased lottery game?
The answer is the law of truly large numbers or LTLN.
Good luck, bad luck, and the law of truly large numbers
Being lucky can be ascribed to randomness. When many people pooled their bets together to have fun at the lottery, someone at one point had to be lucky.
And although improbable, someone who got lucky yesterday might be the same person who may get lucky again tomorrow. That may sound extremely unusual, but mathematicians don’t look at it that way. The law of truly large numbers takes effect in a random event, whether we like it or not.
The law of truly large numbers states that given abundant opportunities (hence the term truly large numbers), even unusual events and strange coincidences are expected to occur.
Mathematicians will be surprised if we don’t see unusual stories like these in the news., ,
This particular law in mathematics applies to lotteries and all extraordinary events and coincidences in every aspect of life.
In the lottery, this mathematical law can be observed very quickly.
First, many countries worldwide operate lottery games. All these draws happening worldwide quickly add up to already abundant opportunities. At any given time, an unexpected and unusual story can happen at any place around the world.
History has proven that the vast amount of lottery draws taking place every day allows for such unnatural occurrences to exist.
From the perspective of lucky people, the inverse can happen too. These unusual events are NOT always pleasant news.
For example, in 1980, Maureen Wilcox bought tickets for the Massachusetts State Lottery and the Rhode Island Lottery. Both tickets had the winning numbers. Unfortunately, her ticket for the Rhode Island Lottery matched the Massachusetts Lottery winning combination, and vice versa.
Wilcox’s story takes away: do not play two different lotteries at the same time on the same day.
Interestingly, some events can be so bizarre and fascinating that one would think such seemingly improbable things aren’t real.
For example, mathematicians use the same law to explain why we hear stories of lotto players who have won using tarot cards. Or a pet owner got his winning numbers from his pet chicken, who accidentally walked on a calculator.
Likewise, the same law answers why a Loughton man’s vivid lottery dream came true., ,,
If you hear a story about a palm reader or a paranormal psychic who helped someone win the lottery, don’t be surprised at all. However, please don’t believe that palm-reading, psychic reading, and other supernatural tools work as a strategy to win the lottery.
The unusual lottery winning stories you hear in the news does not affirm the effectiveness of their methods. These supernatural beliefs don’t apply to any random game, let alone the lottery.
The law of truly large numbers is truly fascinating and adds color to our everyday lives. These are the stories that the mainstream media likes to cover and sometimes exaggerate.
In September of 2009, the Bulgarian national lottery was shaken after the same six numbers (4, 15, 23, 24, 35, and 42) were drawn in two consecutive draws. This event created a media storm and led the Bulgarian authorities to order an immediate investigation.
Should we be surprised by this incident? True, it’s freakishly unusual and improbable, but it can happen according to the law of truly large numbers.
David J. Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics and senior research investigator at Imperial College London, said this:
Sometimes, though, when there are really many opportunities, it can look as if there are only relatively few. This misperception leads us to grossly underestimate the probability of an event: we think something is incredibly unlikely, when it’s actually very likely, perhaps almost certain.David J. Hand
Life is full of surprises. The lottery is not exempted from that powerful force of nature.
How to be lucky using the law of large numbers
You cannot change or manipulate your chances of winning the lottery because the underlying probability never changes. You also cannot beat the odds —no one can. However, there’s a way to play the lottery and get the best shot possible.
Buy more tickets.
However, buying more tickets is useless if you’re making the wrong choices.To get the best chance possible, we need to add another strategy—making intelligent choices.
That’s how math can help. We can line up all your options and make intelligent choices to make sure you are not mathematically wrong most of the time.
How NOT to be mathematically wrong in the lottery
Earlier, we discussed that some people are “lucky” or “unlucky” because all lotteries are bound to behave according to “the law of truly large numbers.”
So, here’s another question that you might ask: can you force luck on your side?
Lucky for you, yes. It may sound absurd, but you can—mathematically.
To borrow a line from a multi-awarded Bob Dylan song: The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. I’ll explain why in a little while.
But let me give you a more concrete example. To be lucky, you have to follow another law in mathematics called the law of large numbers or LLN.
Just to be clear, LTLN is different from LLN.
While the law of truly large numbers (or LTLN) explains why unusual events occur and why some people are lucky, the law of large numbers (or LLN), on the other hand, defines the conclusion of the lottery based on a large number of draws.
Theoretically, you can force luck on your side if you follow the conclusion. That means you are intelligently playing the lottery with the best ratio of success to failure by following the general trend (I”ll give you lots of examples below).
The depth of this strategy can be difficult to grasp at first. But, if you try your best to understand how it works, you’ll discover a powerful strategy for playing the lottery that only mathematics can provide.
Here’s a related article that might interest you: Using Birth Dates in PLaying the Lottery? Here’s What Math Says.
Fortunately, you don’t need to know mathematics to implement a mathematical strategy. This lottery calculator will do ALL the heavy lifting for you.
There, now you’re getting closer to being confidently lucky!
Before we continue further, let me state a little caveat.
Being lucky and the illusion of control
Making an intelligent choice is a pretty straightforward statement. However, probability theory is one of the most misunderstood fields in mathematics. We need to thresh out this issue carefully and in the right perspective.
To say that you can force luck on your side doesn’t mean you have the power to control the outcome of any lottery draw. The concept is very far from that.
Have you heard of the term “illusion of control?”,
An illusion of control is a dangerous belief to have for yourself. Some people believe that just because they have a strategy to win, they also think they’re in control of the lottery draws.
Let me tell you right off the bat that you can’t win the lottery more frequently. Some lotto gurus may try to convince you that you can win small prizes more often. On the other hand, I would suggest that you run away from these people as fast as possible.
I have already debunked this issue in my earlier article: The Truth About Winning Small Prizes in the Lottery
Here’s the truth: forcing luck to your favor is not equivalent to making money in the lottery. The truth is that the expected value of each ticket is always negative.In other words, the lottery can neither be a source of income nor a substitute for a real job.
The lottery’s real objective is to have fun, and the fun begins at the number-selection process. When you use the power of calculation, you can never be mathematically wrong based on the law of large numbers.
I recommend that you explore the fascinating world of math so you can fully appreciate how it is applied in the lottery setting. While the Lotterycodex calculator does all the hard work, it’s still best that you know how it works.
So, let’s move on and explain how math works in the lottery. First, we will discuss the simplest strategy then proceed to a more advanced option.
The simplest one is your choice of the lottery. The lottery game you choose can hugely influence your luck.
Your choice of a lottery game can influence your luck
When it comes to making choices, you have the power to calculate your advantage. For example, if choosing between the 6/42 and 6/49 games, the smart player would opt for 6/42. That’s the point of calculating the odds. You know that you are “not mathematically wrong” when it’s time to make a crucial decision.
Choosing the right game entails comparing the odds between the two lotteries and playing the one that offers an easier opportunity to win.
This explains why our forefathers were far luckier than us.
Prior to 1992, Lotto America offered odds of 1 in 18.6 million chances (1 in 18,643,560) for its 7/40 game format.
By the time the Powerball replaced Lotto America in 1992, players had to deal with the increase in odds of 1 to 55 million. So, lottery players during the Lotto America era benefitted from three times better odds than when Powerball was introduced.
Powerball had undergone major changes in its draw format several times since it started. The game tremendously increased the odds from 1:55 million odds in 1992 to the current odds of 1:292 million.
Comparatively, lottery players in the olden days had much better chances of winning the lottery.
But don’t despair; there is still hope of winning in the modern lottery systems.
Players nowadays have hundreds of lottery games to choose from. Powerball is not the only game you can play.
You can easily try your luck with other lottery games that have better odds.
How can we explain this from a mathematical point of view?
There are two factors to consider: the number field and the pick size.
To choose which lottery to play, bear in mind that it is easier to win a game with a smaller number field. A lottery with 49 balls is easier to win than a lottery with 59 balls.
Similarly, a lottery with 42 numbers is easier to win than a lottery with a 49 number field.
Additionally, a pick size of 6 balls is easier to…