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Numbers Selection Methods

There are several methods to select numbers for your favorite lottery games, besides the popular local vendor's generated "Easy-Pick" or "Quick-Pic".

However, first, we need to make a clear distinction between the local vendor's randomly generated "Quick-Pic" and a "Smart" lottery numbers generator's "QuickPick"--for they are two different entities and generated by two completely different software.

This brief article will talk about few of the numbers selection methods (as to our opinion) which are concidered among the most popular for generating lottery numbers combinations.  Implementing these methods, as well as maximizing their effectiveness, is the purpose behind RSTech's lottery numbers generating Software.

[1] Numerology:

This method appeals to those incline to believe in mysticism and the idea that our lives and, therefore, our destinies are ruled by astrological events at the time of our birth.   Using important names and dates, it is possible to form a basic set of numbers that can be used to determine not only personality traits, but our fortune as well.   There are, clearly, advantages to such system for those possessing advanced knowledge, and strong convictions, in astrology and/or numerology.  However, such system would be of poor use to the skeptics and those that are not properly schooled in such philosophies, sciences, or believes.

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[2] Wheel:

This method appeals to those that prefer to taylor their choices to a selected group of numbers strongly considered to be "good numbers", "lucky numbers", "hot numbers", or simply, numbers with the highest probabilities of being winning numbers.   These are a limited selected group of numbers which are most favored by the player; the selection of possible winning numbers combinations is limited to this small sampling pool of numbers.

The player has the advantage of being able to combine the numbers any way desired, and plan on how many lottery tickets will be needed for the next lottery game.   For example, when using only 10 pre-chosen numbers, and combining them to aim for a Pick-6 Jackpot, 210 tickets need to be purchased to ensure that all of the possible combinations are covered (calculating all the possible ways in which 10 numbers can be combined into groups of six numbers will results in 210 possible combinations).

There are, also, other wheeling choices that are less costly; aiming for a second or third prize will require much less than 210 tickets to match any five out of the six numbers drawn by the lottery.   As few as only 18 tickets can cover all of the combinations for the second price in your previously selected 10 numbers (fewer tickets, still, would be needed to match four out of the six).   Aiming for a second or third prize often allows you to play more lottery numbers.   This will increase your chances for matching the winning numbers in your game's drawing, but will limit your winnings to a lower cash amount.   Clearly, playing more numbers increases your chances of matching the winning numbers drawn in the lottery.   It is easier to match the game's six winners out of your set of 12 or 16 numbers, than to do so out of 10 numbers.

However, such strategy assumes that all lottery winning numbers are contained within the pool of numbers you have selected for the wheel.

Knowing in advance your individual playing preferences, and budget, will help you choose the most practical wheeling system for you.   However, it must be clearly understood that "Wheeling Method is only a tool".   The method only works with the numbers chosen (provided) by the player.   If the game's winning numbers are not matched within your selected group of numbers, then the wheeling method will not provide you with a winning combination.

Although here are several methods within the Wheeling Method itself, the most noticeable disadvantage in all of them is that the odds of having all necessary winning numbers, among the small pool of numbers being played, are not better than random.   Clearly, to improve the odds, the largest possible amount of winning numbers must be played (the sampling pool of numbers must be larger).

On this subject, Professor Jones, a world known lotto & lottery expert, provides a scientific approach at the wheel system, and at identifying high/low numbers; one of his most recent book is tittled Winning Lotto/Lottery For Everyday Players.

Now, this could be a good method for selecting lottery numbers.   But first, steps must be taken to ensure that all the winning numbers are in fact among the numbers in the pool.   This can be accomplished by selecting a larger (if not all) amount of numbers to form the sampling pool; thus, causing the "numbers in the box" to exceed random selection and provide better odds.   Remember that your chances are only affected by the amount of combinations you play (amount of tickets you purchase); thus, the only way to improve your chances is to play more combinations.

[3] Random:

This method appeals to those that firmly believe in "pure luck", or "random faith", because it is directly related to the concept of chance.   Stated more formally, this is a process whose outcomes follow no predetermined pattern.   However, it does follow a probability distribution pattern; thus, the relative probability of a determinate outcome occurring can be approximated or calculated.

Still, most believers in "pure luck" or "random faith" follow the conviction that we lack the ability to influence the outcome of most of life's events, such as selecting winning lottery numbers.   They, also, believe that there are no lucky numbers or bad numbers-for any one number is as good as any other number; and, each and every individual share an equal chance to arriving at the same goal or common objective.

The disadvantage of this system, as apply to the a lottery game, where only a predetermined amount of numbers constitute the available sampling pool of numbers, is that pure randomness does not occurs.   Steps must be taken to prevent certain mathematical effects, such as a disadvantageous repetition pattern of numbers, to ensure true random selection of numbers.   This suggests, in other words, that in order to have true randomness, there must be an infinite (very large) expansion of the numerical data being used.   Some of these mathematical effects, or problems of random selection, are addressed in commendable details by William Atwood in his book The Lottery Solution.

However, (to benefit those that endorse pure "random luck") it must be noted that once steps are taken to ensure true random selection, such simple act of intervention put us again at the helm (in control), and directly influencing the outcome of an event.   Clearly, all that can be done is to come as close as possible to pure randomness; and, at such point we'll have an ideal numbers selection method for those cheering for pure random selection.

[4] Smart Random:

This method is based in the idea of taking partial control of a possible outcome.   The first step is to control the outcome to ensure true randomness.   The next step is to implement 'Quality Control' conditions under which the random numbers will be screened, before they can be considered of useable value.   Here sound strategies, statistical analysis, and researched computations will be used to intelligently discriminate among randomly generated numbers.

This is the method of choice for those that prefer to make decisions based on facts and tangible analysis of data obtained thru close observation and diligent computations.   Clearly, this is a good method, but requires a large investment of time and physical efforts to analyze, compute, and interpret numerical data which will not provide the definite favorable solution, but a way to increase the probabilities of achieving such definite favorable solution.

Some of the most time demanding numerical data analysis involves, to mention just few:   insuring that the sum of your selected numbers are within a range that accounts for the 70% average; avoiding all consecutive numbers-for this has never happened once in most major 6 numbers state lotteries; avoiding having all winning numbers drawn from one group of numbers (all teens, or all 20's, or all 30's, etc.) which is extremely unlikely to happen; avoiding having all same last digit numbers-for there is about 90% probabilities of having no more than two numbers with the same last digit in a winning set of numbers; properly mixing high and low numbers within your selection of numbers-for statistical studies show that drawing all high or all low numbers occur only 2% of the time.

[5] All Numbers or Matrix:

This method uses all the numbers available, within the range of numbers, to create all possible combinations without repetition.   This will ensure that, if all possible combinations are played, you will have all the winning numbers within the tickets played.   Clearly, this does not assure that all winning numbers will be on the same ticket; this will only assures that the player has all the winning numbers within his tickets.   This system is directly based on the Matrix Method (See " The Lottery Solution", by William Atwood) and is the best method to increase the ratio of winning to losing numbers being purchased.

The success of this method is directly dependent on the amount of tickets being played.   The more tickets are played, the better are the odds of having all the winning numbers on the same ticket.

[6] Restricted Numbers/Matrix:

This lottery numbers selection method was developed at RSTech's research lab by Mathematical Algorithms Specialist and Software Engineer Rick Ramos for Smart QuickPick Version 2.0; subsequently embedded in aRSTech's Multi-Selector Smart QuickPick numbers generators.   Although this is a proprietary algorithm, thus specific implementation will not be discussed in details, you will soon discover the tremendous advantages of this method for skilled users.

Basically, the user restricts the lottery combination results to a range or group of similar numbers.   First, the user determines the low-end of the range of numbers (specify the lowest number to be drawn); Second, the user has a choice to determine the upper-end of the range of numbers (specify the highest numbers to be drawn) AND/OR specify numbers to be contained within the set of numbers forming the combinations; and, Lastly, the user can chose to generate a specific amount of combinations OR generate all possible combinations within the parameters specified.

However, because of its nature to eliminate all other possible combinations that fall outside the selected parameters, it is not recommended for those that rely solely on random luck.   This method serves as a power tool, but only after the user have done his homework of studying/analyzing prior lottery drawings to determine the degree of probabilities for the next numbers to be drawn.

This method provides a greater amount of control over the combinations of lottery numbers that are to be generated.   Definitively, this method will become a favorite among Lotto clubs/Lottery Pool Groups; although, it remains an advantageous method for generating lottery numbers combinations for the serious individual user who spend adequate amount of time studying numerical patterns formations..

In Conclusion:

Using All Numbers or Matrix Method appears to be the most favored by those mathematically oriented.   However, it is also a valid statement that the best lottery numbers selection method will be dependent on the individual's convictions and attitude towards how much control is desire over the outcome of the choices.

There is one important point to emphasize: Expand your choices & Increase the Odds in your favor.  This is something that can be accomplished by simply [1]purchasing more than just one ticket, and [2]having more of the available numbers shown in your tickets.   Further, a personal wiliness, commitment, and dedication to learn all there is to know about any particular preferred selection method, is crucially important and necessary for any method to produce the most favorable results.

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