## Lottery Number Patterns: Analysing Results Reveals The Unusual

[Q] I’ve been analyzing all my past lottery results over the years and whilst I know these things are supposed to be random, there is a pattern.…

Lottery Number Patterns: Analysing Results Reveals The Unusual

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• Hi Les Jed. Having fun is definitely key. If it isn’t fun I’d recommend finding a different game to play. Winning is nice too though. Be lucky.

• Ian

Years ago I bought a statistics and probability book and random does come in waves! The lottery balls seem to throw up many more high numbers than probable… Why? because there is more higher abrasive paint on the numbers and the larger surface area paint on balls fall because the abrasiveness slows down spinning… ie; 44, 38, 23 and so on, look at the stats for frequent balls etc, very interesting. Ian

• Hi Ian. Well that has to rate amongst the wackiest theories I’ve heard…

A quick look at the frequency of balls drawn shows 36, 37, 41 amongst the least drawn balls. So I don’t see any evidence to backup your theory?

(Who says the paint is more abrasive than the ball surface anyway..?)

• Danny

Patterns in randomness aren’t even worth thinking about, the odds on the relationships between the numbers are the only thing I’d worry about.
EG: the likelyhood of all even or odd numbers occuring, or consecutive sequences.

Imagine you were a book keeper; what would your payout be for, effectively a ,”straight” , on winning – 1,2,3,4,5,6 ? Higher than just some lucky dip? Yes

Common sense really

• Danny,

Common sense..? Nope, common misunderstanding.

And completely wrong I’m afraid.

You’re placing significance on these combinations because your brain can make a pretty pattern. But the balls don’t know they’re making a pattern – so why would they be less likely to come out that way?!

The fact is there is no such thing as unlikely combinations, in any lottery.

• Dave

Just curious, of all the lotteries in the world and the millions of drawings that have occurred over years and years, has any lottery anywhere produced the lowest consecutive result for their game? ex. 1,2,3,4,5 or 1,2,3,4,5,6.

It would seem that if randomness is truly at play this event would prove it. I realize the astronomical odds but certainly one lottery somewhere it has occurred or has it?

• Hey Dave,

The longest running lottery in the world has had less than 15,000 draws. Most have had less than a couple of thousand draws. And there are nearly 14 MILLION combinations in a 6 from 49 lottery.

So it’s actually no surprise at all at this stage that there are combinations that have never been drawn anywhere in the world.

In fact, there will be millions of them!

Of course the newspaper headlines will explode with how amazing, astounding and incredibly improbable it is when 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 is drawn somewhere… But they won’t when 6, 23, 27, 34, 35, 37 is drawn for the first time anywhere in the world…

The only difference is the lack of what our brains recognise as a pretty pattern..!

• Dave

I understand what you are saying but every Pick 5 and Pick6 lottery has the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 in addition to 2,3,4,5,6,7 and several more five consecutive combinations.

I’ve never heard of a 5 consecutive number winning combination.
It’s just interesting that out all the lotteries combined, none, have had this occurrence to my knowledge.

Wonder what the odds are when you combine all the lotteries in the world of having one five consecutive winning combination.

If you took the lottery with the lowest number of playable numbers and based it on that with the all the drawings to date with every lottery with at least that minimum number of playable numbers.

• Hi Dave

What are the odds when you combine all the worlds lotteries of having five consecutive numbers?

Exactly the same as them having any other combination!

The only reason it’s even on your mind is because you’re attaching significance to a ‘pretty pattern’. There are millions of other combinations that have never been drawn anywhere in the world.

Remember, it’s actually balls that come out of the machine, not numbers – the numbers printed on them just help us decide who won.

• Dave

What ‘pretty pattern’ would that be? I’m merely suggesting out of the MILLIONS of drawings that have occurred since the lottery became a concept of man, I nor anyone I know has EVER seen or heard of a consecutive winning combination.

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