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Predicting Winning Lottery Numbers
State Lottery MegaMillions PowerBall PowerBall

If you fall within the average, more serious, or dedicated lottery players (not the average "rarely-purchase-a-ticket" type), then the following questions should be of great importance to you:

  • Why is the method used to purchase a lottery ticket of any importance?
  • What significant difference exists between a state lotto computers generated quick pick and a commercial software computer generated quick pick?
  • How using "informed", " smart", & "scientific" approach for the selection of lottery tickets increases my probabilities of winning?

It is no doubt that, in the United States, multi-states lotteries are the most appealing and those attracting the most interest--for they regularly offer the largest jackpot payouts.   Therefore, we'll limit our little analysis to the largest multi-state lottery jackpot payouts in the USA:

The following is a factual list, by date, in descending order:

  • $590.5 million, 18 May 2013: Powerball drawing was won by a single ticket in Florida, (world record for largest single prize) cash payout of 370.9 Million.
  • $338 million, 23 March 2013: Powerball drawing was won by Pedro Quezada, from Paterson, New Jersey, cash payout of $152 million.
  • $587.5 million, 28 November 2012: Powerball drawing was won by two tickets from Arizona and Missouri, cash payout $384.7 million.
  • $337 million, 15 August 2012: Powerball drawing was won by a single ticket in Michigan, cash payout $223.7 million.
  • $656 million, 30 March 2012: Mega Millions drawing was won by three tickets in Kansas, Illinois, and Maryland, cash payout $474 million.
  • $336.4 million, 11 February 2012: Powerball drawing was won by a single ticket in Rhode Island, cash payout $210 million.
  • $319 million, 25 March 2011: Mega Millions drawing was won by a single ticket in New York.
  • $380 million, 4 January 2011: Mega Millions drawing was won by two tickets in Idaho and Washington, cash payout $240 million.
  • $333 million, 28 August 2009: Mega Millions Drawing was won by two tickets in California and New York.

  • $330 million, 31 August 2007: Mega Millions drawing was won by four tickets in New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia.
  • $314.3 million, 25 August 2007: Powerball drawing was won in by a single ticket in Indiana, cash: $146,985,099.
  • $390 million, 6 March 2007: Mega Millions was won by two tickets in Georgia and New Jersey, cash payout $233.1 million.
  • $365 million, 18 February 2006: Powerball drawing was won by a single ticket in Nebraska, payout $177 million.
  • $340 million, 19 October 2005: Powerball drawing was won in Oregon, cash payout of $164.4 million was split by two related families.
  • $315 million, 15 November 2005: Mega Millions drawing was won by a single ticket in California, cash payout of $175 million to a a group called "The Lucky 7".
  • $331 million, 16 April 2002: The Big Game (precursor of Mega Millions) drawing was won by three tickets in Georgia, Illinois, and New Jersey.
  • $314.9 million, 25 December 2002: Powerball drawing was won by a single ticket in West Virginia, cash payout $170,505,876.
  • $363 million, 9 May 2000: The Big Game (precursor of Mega Millions) drawing was by two tickets in Illinois and Michigan.
  • It is unusual that the average number of winning tickets for these large jackpots, with the exception of four ticket in 31 August 2007 and three tickets in 30 March 2012, and 16 April 2005, is one or two (one being the most average).  However, knowing that there is a total of 195,249,054 Powerball possible numbers combinations (5/59 & 1/39) and 175,711,536 Mega Millions possible numbers combinations (5/56 & 1/46), you may think that there is nothing unusual about "ONE" being the most average number of winning tickets for these lotteries.

    Then, what could be so unusual about "ONE" being the average number of winning tickets for these major lotteries?

    We will use the multi-state Powerball lottery as an example--for the same basic theory can be applied to the Mega Million.  Powerball is currently, as of April 2013, played in 45 jurisdictions; the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia included.  In the State of Florida, for example, the annual Powerball sales in 2011 (according to were over $430 million.  Now, making use only of an educated guest, we could estimate such annual sales, on the state of Florida, to be some where near $900 million ($2.00 per ticket).   Furthermore, assuming all other jurisdictions averages are about the same (obviously not the case--for some states are larger, or smaller, than Florida), we can estimate an annual Powerball sales to equal or exceed $40,500,000,000; roughly over $389,400,000 per drawing (two drawings per week).

    It is a documented fact that an average of 80% of all players use the state, or local vendor's, computer generated quick pick to purchase their tickets; that should come to over $311,500,000 or over 155,750,000 quick pick tickets sold per drawing.  Therefore, [1] knowing that the current advancements in Information Technology allows for the creation of a central database for any software program, and [2] allowing for all state software programs to immediately access that database, it should not be unreasonable to assume that over 155,750,000 different lottery ticket combinations would be sold, per lottery drawing, allowing for the possibility of a winning ticket to be sold per drawing; at the very least, a winning ticket per week.  But, we all know that such is not the case.

    Reasonably, a Powerball jackpot of over $100,000,000 that has mature over 6 or more drawing (roll-overs) and bringing over $2,000,000,000 in sales should produce at least 4 to 6 winning tickets.  Well, the truth is that I have been extremely conservative with the estimates of Powerball sales (the actual figures are much larger), but the point is made without the need to over-stressing the issue.  Now, it would not be unreasonable to assume that over 4 winning tickets should have been sold for such a large lottery jackpot; most certainly those over $300 million).

    State lottery officials, on their websites, provide reasonable explanations as to why the results do not conform to what might be expected.  Some examples:[1]  They do not use a central database;  [2] All their vendor's software use independent seed and algorithms to produce their quick pick numbers.   However, they avoid addressing the root of the issue; why is not on the state best interest to have more winners per major lottery draw.

    First, consider the following: [1] the technology to generate a complete list of all possible combinations of numbers, within a selected pool of numbers, is readily available; [2] the technology to create a central national database, containing all such combinations, for local vendor's software to draw numbers from anywhere within the nation is also available; [3] the technology to ensure that used combinations are removed from the database until all available combinations have been selected, and then start all over with a fresh full database, is also available; [4] sound, scientifically researched, strategies for choosing numbers combinations with the best probabilities are available; [5] the technology to implement such strategies and enforce true randomness, through a software, is also available; Finally, and conclusively, the technology to ensure more winners per major lottery game is readily available.

    The fact is that local vendor's generated quick pick tickets provide combinations which are inconsistent with sound lottery numbers selection strategies.  Some example, just to mention a few, all even or all odd numbers, too many consequtive numbers, or numbersnumbers stacked at the low, or high, end of the number's range; just to mention few.  By now, it should be clear that numbers stacked at either end of the number's range have very little to none probabilities of being drawn.

    However, such system will not be enforced, by lottery officials, throughout the nation in all local lottery numbers vendors-for such action would equate to less sales driven roll-overs, thus, less large state revenues per major lottery game.  Naturally, the state lotteries were created to aid in generating additional revenue without the need to imposed new and higher taxes.

    Disadvantages of using the local vendor's quick picks software

    Well the right choice should be obvious by now. To increase the odds on your favor it is necessary to learn how to implement sound lottery numbers selection strategies when selecting lottery numbers, or get "smart" lotto software to do this for you.

    Now there is Commercial Lotto Software to generate random lottery numbers, and there is Commercial "Smart" Lotto Software that enforces sound lottery strategies (or user choices). However, most of this software is not free, but the methods used to generate your quick picks are aimed at increasing the odds in your favor.

    Obviously, serious commercial software developers depend on being known as responsible for producing more winning lottery numbers; in layman's terms, they need to produce more winners in order for their product to be respected in the market. Therefore, good developers make the product they trust available to the public at no charge from-time-to-time and on limited capabilities versions. Then, it is possible to find reliable "smart" lotto software downloads FREE from-time-to-time.

    The intelligence quotient (IQ) required for increasing the chances of winning the lottery is very low. In fact, al l you need is the ability and willingness to do some research and read reliable articles in the subject. These and good reliable "smart" lotto software are all the tools required to increase your probabilities of winning the lottery.

    The information has been researched, analyzed, and interpreted by professionals over-and-over-again. Indisputably, knowledge is power, so become knowledgeable about how the lottery functions and about lottery numbers selection strategies. Being well informed leads to smart choices, minimizes mistakes, and minimizes waste of money and energy.

    Science is concerned with the pursuit of truth and the mechanisms that explain how things work. Then, thrust the scientific views concerning the best methods to predict random phenomena / events. A well informed and scientific approach is by far the best method to increase the odds on your favor concerning any physical event.

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