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Lotto Game Plays

By Nico Van Der Westhuizen

There are many ways to play Lotto, but which game plays will make you a winner. Below is only a few Lotto game play strategies you could use to find that elusive winning sequence. In this article we will be looking at a 6/49 Lotto game, but it could be used in other types of Lotteries as well. A 6/49 Lotto game basically means you choose 6 numbers between 1 - 49.

Even / Odd
The best Even/Odd ratio is 3/3 followed by 2/4 or 4/2. If you could play all possible combinations of 3/3 (not saying you should) then no matter what winning Lotto numbers are drawn, then you can be sure that there will be winning sequences in your hand starting with 3 Numbers and going up.

Previous Occurrences
First you could play random Lotto numbers/sequences that have already come up. If you are lucky you could win something in the Lotto. But this will not give the winning combination for the next draw as the highest occurrence will probably stop at 4 Numbers, 4 + Bonus if you are lucky. So onto the next step.

What if you could use your own database to see how it can be minimized to hold a possible winning combination for a future draw using this previous occurrence game play. Using you own selected Lotto numbers try and eliminate sequences with a winning type above 4 Numbers or even above 3 + Bonus, depending on your preferences. Doing this will hopefully increase you chances of having that winning Lotto sequence.

Sum Total
If you take a Lotto sequence and add up all the numbers, then the answer will be the sum value. An example would be if you take the Lotto sequence 03-12-21-29-38-48, then the sum will be 151. Basically the sum value is useful as you can look at past Lotto sequences and get and idea as to the minimum and maximum sum limits you Lotto numbers should add up to.

Using number limits
If you look at previous winning Lotto sequences and focus your attention on the first number in the sequence. Now you will see that the "Highest value" will probably be around the number 30 or so. This numbers tells you that with past winning sequences, the highest value for the first number was the number 30 or so.

This basically means that with all your selected sequences, the first number should not be higher than the "Highest value" for "Ball 1". Doing this cuts down on a couple of sequences that will probable never come up in the future.

You can look at the other Lotto balls as well to find its minimum and maximum limits. This will give you an indication as to the limits your selected numbers should fall into. A basic limit table is as follow:

Number	Minimum 	Maximum
1	1		30
2	2		40
3	3		43
4	5		47
5	11		48
6	14		49

N.G van der Westhuizen
A software developer currently working on an open source Lotto database application.

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