EGG ON THE FACE FOR LOTTO FILTEROLOGISTS ELIMINATING CONSECUTIVES by Colin Fairbrother

Oh, so seriously the Lotto filterologists weed out any contigious wholly or partially Numerical Order Combs from their Wheels but with no factual basis for doing so - the table below tests 01 02 03 04 05 06 over 17,850 actual 6/49 lotto draws and show an above expectation result.

Basically Lotto numerologists like Gail Howard and Ken Silver are good at misrepresenting the truth. Numerical order is not a factor in the random selection of Lotto winning numbers - they are not drawn in numerical order - that is simply a convention and since there are billions of permutations or ordered ways of presenting 1 to 49 integers each of those is just as valid as numerical order. The absurdity is that the love/hate relationship between numerologists and numerical order means that what is regarded as good for one order is considerd bad for another.

The combination that gets special attention is 01 02 03 04 05 06 along with the other 43 consecutive combsixes. The first question one should ask is whether in the payouts for the Lotto game this combination is paid on differently. If not then it doesn't matter. If using the order - 01 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 02 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 03 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 04 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 05 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 06 we see there is a separation of at least 8 integers.

For a given Pool in a Pick 6 Lotto game the count of non-consecutives is easily seen to follow the simple formula (Pool - 5) c 6 which I'll claim as my discovery as I could not find it given elsewhere to date. The absurdity of the likes of Gail Howard and Ken Silver urging Lotto players not to play CombSixes with consecutives is easily seen for the West Virginia 6/25 and the Australian 6/45 games where the count of CombSixes with consecutives is greater.

Pool

CombSixes

CombSixes with Non Consecutive CombTwos

CombSixes with Consecutive CombTwos

6

1

0

1

7

7

0

7

8

28

0

28

9

84

0

84

10

210

0

210

11

462

1

461

12

924

7

917

13

1716

28

1688

14

3003

84

2919

15

5005

210

4795

16

8008

462

7546

17

12376

924

11452

18

18564

1716

16848

19

27132

3003

24129

20

38760

5005

33755

21

54264

8008

46256

22

74613

12376

62237

23

100947

18564

82383

24

134596

27132

107464

25

177100

38760

138340

26

230230

54264

175966

27

296010

74613

221397

28

376740

100947

275793

29

475020

134596

340424

30

593775

177100

416675

31

736281

230230

506051

32

906192

296010

610182

33

1107568

376740

730828

34

1344904

475020

869884

35

1623160

593775

1029385

36

1947792

736281

1211511

37

2324784

906192

1418592

38

2760681

1107568

1653113

39

3262623

1344904

1917719

40

3838380

1623160

2215220

41

4496388

1947792

2548596

42

5245786

2324784

2921002

43

6096454

2760681

3335773

44

7059052

3262623

3796429

45

8145060

3838380

4306680

46

9366819

4496388

4870431

47

10737573

5245786

5491787

48

12271512

6096454

6175058

49

13983816

7059052

6924764

The number of CombSixes in a 6/49 Lotto game is 13,983,816. The number of these that have consecutive CombThrees eg 01 02 03 * * * or * * * 21 22 23 etc is 612,348 ie 1 in 22.836387 or roughly just a bit over 4%.

Analysing some 19,577 6/49 Lotto draws from around the world we expect to see some 19,577/22.836387=857 with consecutive CombThrees. The actual number is 970 ie favouring the consecutive CombThrees. So much for numerology bunkum!

Colin Fairbrother

This article first published on the web 24/12/2004 and has been viewed 5870 times. The author may be contacted at fairbros@bigpond.com. To generate sets of Lotto numbers to play for most Lotto games around the world go to LottoToWin ^{®} where for a US$5.00 annual subscription you can store the numbers as well, to check later for wins. The numbers produced have no duplicate subset combinations of two integers (if applicable) or three integers, use all the integers for the particular Lotto game and maximize the coverage of the potential winning main number. The articles on this site have been selected from the many at the forum LottoPoster