How to Pick Lotto Numbers

There are seemingly nearly as many different ways to pick lottery numbers as there are combinations of numbers. Many lottery players have a strategy or method for choosing numbers that they stick with, others don’t. When jackpots get exciting and people who don’t ordinarily play the lottery begin to play in droves, some are confronted with a question: which strategy for picking numbers is right for me? So if you’re curious to learn more about the different ways and strategies to pick numbers, read on. If you’re a set-in-your-ways lottery player convinced you’ve got it figured out, well, you just might learn something new from this article.

using stats to pick lotto numbers

Using Statistics to Predict Lottery Numbers

This is a very heated topic. Yes, it is absolutely possible to use statistical methods to pick lottery numbers, but, the chosen numbers are no more likely to be winning numbers than a set of random numbers. This is because all numbers have an equal chance of being drawn in any given draw. But, it is true that some numbers are drawn more often than others which leads some people to select their numbers according to such trends as hot, cold, and due numbers.

What are Lottery Hot Numbers?

Hot numbers are the numbers that are drawn most often in any given lottery in any given time frame. For example, the numbers 55 and 28 have been drawn four times in the last twenty US Powerball  draws, more than any other numbers. And the number 2 has been chosen three times as the Powerball in the last twenty draws, more than any other number. Some players choose their numbers based on these trends, betting that if a number has been drawn more often in the past it will continue to be drawn in the future. It’s tempting to go along with this line of thinking, after all, if you flip a coin and it lands on heads five times in a row wouldn’t you maybe think that heads is hot and that the sixth flip would land on heads as well? If your answer is ‘no’ then you might be someone that plays cold numbers.

What are Lottery Cold Numbers?

Just as the name implies, cold numbers are the opposite of hot numbers in that they are the numbers drawn least in any given lottery in any given time frame. Players who choose to play cold numbers reason that because the cold numbers haven’t been drawn very frequently in the past, the chance that they’ll be drawn in the future is greater. To return to our coin flipping example: heads has come up five times in a row, what will the next flip of the coin bring? If you’re a player that chooses cold numbers, you believe that the next flip will land on tails because this outcome has yet to occur and is therefore more likely.

What are Due Lottery Numbers

Due numbers, sometimes called overdue numbers or outstanding numbers, are numbers that have not been drawn for an above average number of draws and therefore are due to be drawn. If a number is drawn 5 times over 100 drawings, then it is drawn on average every 20 drawings. If more than 20 drawings have elapsed since this number was drawn last, then it can be considered due. One of the interesting things about the concept due numbers is that, to a certain extent, it can be combined with both hot and cold numbers to help select an entry. A number can be both hot and due, potentially making that number a great choice, depending on a player’s strategy.

Using Numerology to win the Lottery

On the other side of the strategic spectrum from statistics sits the numerological method of selecting lottery numbers. While players who choose a statistical method to pick their numbers are relying on mathematical principles, those whose choices are guided by numerology are abiding by a faith in something beyond human reason. Numerological strategy is about finding a person’s lucky, personal, or true numbers and playing them in the lottery. Lucky, personal, or true numbers can be birthdays, anniversaries, or other significant dates and numbers. They can also be numbers that seemingly coincidently reoccur in a person’s life at precipitous moments. Numerologists often employ formulas to convert unwieldly numbers, such as dates with a day, month, and year, into more user friendly single digit numerals that fit nicely into a lottery ticket.

Playing Random Numbers

Statistically, there is no winning advantage to playing random numbers, but, if you happen to win the odds are that you will win more. Random numbers don’t give you an advantage because, statistically speaking, they are no more or less likely to be chosen than any other set of numbers. But, with randomly generated numbers the odds that two players will have the same numbers is incredibly small. For some players choosing random numbers can take some of the fun and excitement out of the game. Pressing a quick pick button isn’t nearly as satisfying as stringing together important dates, birthdays, and other significant numbers or pouring over hot, cold, and due numbers to expertly pick out an odds boosting entry. A big reason that people play the lottery is in spite of the odds, not because of them, and delegating our choice of numbers to an algorithm seems to run counter to the excitement and hope that compels us to play in the first place.

Trust you gut

Trust your gut

Every once in a while a lottery winner will claim to have played numbers that came to them in a dream, through divine revelation, popped into their head, or that they simply had a good feeling about. First of all, it’s fantastic that they acted and won big. As far as trusting your gut being a strategy to abide by it’s difficult to say how that would work. On the one hand a lot of players might feel really good, or have a gut feeling, when selecting numbers only to be disappointed when they don’t win. On the other hand, having a good feeling or feeling lucky isn’t like clockwork so it can be difficult to go by every time you play. Unfortunately, there are also stories of people who had a good feeling or premonition and didn’t play and consequently didn’t win, how heartbreaking would that be? At the end of the day, if certain numbers are really calling your name, it just might be worth your while to answer.


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