Winning It All

People have been trying to beat the lottery since the days of ancient China. It stands to reason that there should be a way to do this. The game is mostly random, but not completely. It still has rules that govern the way it works.

Recently there was a BBC programme in which a magician by the name of Derren Brown tried to predict the lottery numbers. He astounded audiences, when he showed them that he had actually gotten all the numbers not only correct, but in the proper order, days ahead of the draw. Some say it was a trick, and it could have been. But illusion is a manipulation of that which is possible. Magicians are very clever people and it iw possible that Derren Brown actually figured out the way the lottery works.

It so happens that Mr. Brown didn't actually play the lottery that night - not that he needed to, but he did prove a point. There is a code to lotteries, and a clever enough individual can figure out what that code is.

He gave some advice, which I will describe below, on how to win the lottery.

Never choose your numbers based on a birthday. Sure, your cat's birthday might seem like the most important day in the world, but the universe doesn't care about your cat. But more than that, there is a statistical reason why birthdays are bad choices. Birthdays are limited in that the highest number they contain in two out of their three fields is 31 and 12 (date and month. There are 91 numbers to choose from in the SuperEnalotto. If you play a birthday, you're ignoring a large portion of the potential winning numbers.

Some numbers are poor performers. You have to dig into the history of the lottery and plug all the winning numbers ever drawn into a spreadsheet to do a distribution analysis. The results might surprise you. If a number is a perennial loser, just don't play it. In a truly random system, it stands to reason that all the numbers should appear with equal frequency. If they don't, it's a sure fire signal that there are rules at play.

The reverse of the poor performer analysis is the lucky number analysis. Although, in truth these numbers aren't so much "lucky" as they are part of the game's winning pattern - programmed in by a statistician or scientist.

If you're going to have a yearly budget for the lottery, play it all at once. Statistically, your odds improve with each extra ticket you have in play per draw. Say your budget covers 52 tickets, you might think to play them one per week. However, it is much smarter to take the lot and play all 52 tickets at once. You will cover 51 more number combinations than if you only played 1 ticket. Of course, the winning strategy every time is to play every possible number combination at once. For the SuperEnalotto, this would require 650,000,000 tickets, which is slightly outside most budgets.

There was a statistical study of the Swiss Lottery that determined that the sum of the chosen numbers must exceed 177 in order for the numbers to be winners.

The worst thing you could do when trying to win the lottery is try to play patterns. Sure, they're pleasing, but they are guaranteed to win. Not because they couldn't on a random system. But because they can't on a programmed system. Evens or odds, highs and lows, sequential series, primes, or columns and rows are all examples of patterns. These don't appear in any lottery by design.

Or maybe you really do need to be magic in order to win. Just keep in mind that magic is just math and science. Get cracking on solving the puzzle. It has been done before and it's waiting to be done again. With some ingenuity you could be the one to figure it out.