This is comments page 6. Read the full post here:-Should I Play The Same Lottery Numbers In Every Draw?
Gene // May 11, 2018 at 11:36 pm
How did people like Joan Ginther and Richard Lustig win multiple times?
LG // May 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm
In Joan’s case partly from playing wisely (she has a math Ph.D.) and partly from spending a huge amount on tickets. She played scratch-offs so simply worked out which were the best ones to play at any given time. There’s a lot more to this than most people realise – see my scratchies tips for more on this. And then she bought big, really big.
Richard Lustig is a different case. Firstly he’s won a heck of a lot less than Joan, and less than most people realise (see his wins listed here). All the evidence indicates it’s just a combination of luck and buying a lot of tickets – note that he hasn’t reported any wins since 2010 (when he started selling his book).
Grace Osabu-Kle // Jul 10, 2018 at 10:23 am
Dear lotto guy, 4 out of 6 of a set of numbers I play for lotto 649 has showed up. I played the set and I have won $86. Should I keep playing the same numbers now that 4 of the numbers in the set has showed up. In A PREVIOUS DRAW 2 of the numbers showed up and I won a free ticket. My hunch tells me it must be my lucky numbers and I want to keep playing them. what do you recommend?
Pat // Oct 21, 2018 at 2:05 pm
I would like to know if you increase your odds of winning by taking out a few of the highest and lowest numbers. I.e. You can choose five numbers between 1 – 34 but you only play 5 – 30.
LG // Oct 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Not unless you have a very good reason why you’re choosing only from that reduced range of numbers.
Think of it this way. If you roll a dice but decide you’re only going to guess from numbers 2 – 5, have your chances of being right changed?
Unless there is now a reason why 1 or 6 cannot be rolled, or are less likely to be rolled, then your odds are still 1-in-6 of being right.
Grace Osabu-Kle // Dec 1, 2018 at 2:12 am
Is it better to play the lotto every draw or choose to play only certain draws? I find it too expensive to play every draw so I want to wait for when the jackpot is high to play a couple of tickets.
LG // Dec 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm
It depends on your overall strategy really. But there’s nothing specifically wrong with targeting only certain draws.
Giuseppe // Dec 2, 2018 at 10:18 pm
I won’t risk playing by targeting certain draws – I rather play all draws just in case my numbers come out.
If you are playing Powerball or Megalotto you need a timeline of 30 to 25 years, and you can pass it to your son or daughter the numbers you had been playing so it will not be wasted.
(Amended from ALL CAPS)
LG // Dec 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm
That’s just superstition though really :-). It just doesn’t work like that.
There is no ‘memory’ to the draw. So (in simple terms, but read the post) a result that hasn’t happened in 50 years is still no more (or less) likely than the one that got drawn last week.
Rachel // Dec 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm
What about the people who have won 649 or Lotto Max, do they pick their own numbers or quick picks?
LG // Dec 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm
People have won both ways.
But if you’re really asking which is better, then this question about your chances of winning with quick picks may help 🙂
Ed // Feb 8, 2019 at 11:12 am
I have been playing the same numbers for Lotto, Take 5 and Mega Millions for over 20 years and won a few Take 5 2nd places, nothing more. I am going to be losing my job soon and I can’t afford the $25 a week anymore. How do I just quit cold turkey and not worry about if my numbers will come out one day and I didn’t play it. If I used quick pick it would be easier, but playing the same numbers it’s very hard to stop.
LG // Feb 9, 2019 at 12:10 am
Two ways:- 1. Recognise they are only ‘your numbers’ when you play them. When you don’t play them they are nothing, just irrelevant. 2. Understand that the chances of those numbers coming up are no better now than 20 years ago.
And if you find yourself playing when you genuinely can’t afford it – then seek help, because that’s superstition becoming an addiction. Sorry if that bit sounds harsh 🙂
Grace Osabu-Kle // Feb 11, 2019 at 12:14 am
I was also playing the same numbers every draw without any luck. I felt a big relief when I switched to using quick picks. I think I prefer the quick pick method because when you cannot afford to play for while you don’t have to worry about your numbers coming up. As at now I have quit playing the lottery for a while because I need to save money for other priorities in life. If I was playing the same numbers all the time quitting for a while will just be a problem because you will be worried your numbers will come up.
LG // Feb 11, 2019 at 12:58 am
I do get why it ‘feels this way’ – but that’s really just superstition. They are only your numbers when you play them. And your numbers can’t come up if you don’t play.
But if switching to quick picks makes this feel easier, than that’s not a bad thing 🙂
Angela // Mar 17, 2019 at 4:07 am
In the history of lotto numbers do you know say Mega or Powerball game – have the same exact numbers been drawn more than once?
LG // Mar 17, 2019 at 6:15 pm
Yes they have – have a look at this post https://www.lottery-guy.com/lgblog/are-winning-lottery-numbers-repeated/.
Simon Matthews // May 28, 2019 at 11:29 am
I recently developed a Lotto simulator. There are various methods of choosing your numbers, including ‘Manual’, ‘Random’, ‘Overdue Based’ and ‘Modify on Match’. You enter the amount of draws or years to run the simulation and then wait for the results.
It is interesting to note that the ‘Overdue Based’ method of choosing numbers turns out to be consistently the worst method. The only reason I can think for this happening is that by only picking from the most overdue numbers it is limiting itself on the range of numbers it has to choose from.
Here are some of my results based on 1,000,000 draws:
Jackpots: 0 5+Bonus: 0 5 nums: 4 4 nums: 454 3 nums: 10601 * 2 nums: 97558 1 num: 381778
Modify on Match:
Jackpots: 0 5+Bonus: 0 5 nums: 10 * 4 nums: 456 * 3 nums: 10246 2 nums: 97760 * 1 num: 381573
Jackpots: 0 5+Bonus: 0 5 nums: 9 4 nums: 452 3 nums: 10512 2 nums: 97398 1 num: 381987 *
LG // May 28, 2019 at 7:02 pm
I’d suggest running a lot more draws – is this a 6/49 draw you’re simulating? If so, that’s 13 million+ combinations so 1 million draws isn’t all that many statistically. Run a billion 🙂
Also bear in mind coding a random number generator (RNG) isn’t easy, depending on how it’s done it can vary from being heavily biased to outright predictable. Different programming languages handle random number generation very differently. What are you coding in? Commercial RNG’s use events like radioactive decay or atmospheric noise to seed their randomness.
It’s all good fun though 🙂
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Subscribe To Comments? Notify me of followup comments by email (you can also subscribe without commenting)
Categories: Lottery Questions · Picking Lottery Numbers
© 2003–2020 Lottery-Guy.com