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Playing 28 Random Selections or Quick Pick Lines
in a Pick 6, Pool 49 Lotto game -  
an Analysis of Win Groupings for 13,983,816 possible draw results

by Colin Fairbrother
Unlike the 14 other sets of numbers analysed in this series Random Selections vary a bit in their structure. To be seen to be fair in choosing a representative example I have included a table below showing the first 28 draws for the year in 4 USA 6/49 State games. As you can see the variation is small and even the lowest percentage covering of any prize at 40% comfortably beats the best of the Covers or Wheels with Guarantees by 7% and the worst by 35%. I have chosen Wisconsin 2007 as being the closest to the average to do the analysis on. 
For the self styled "experts" who have disparaged Random Selections the egg is on your face. For all the courageous people who through no fault of their own have limited speech ability, some of whom I worked with many years ago and found to be highly intelligent, this is a win I dedicate to you. 
This is ranked Set 14 (ie the second best) in an analysis comparison of 15 differently constructed sets of numbers to play which includes other subset repeats, Covers or Wheels with Guarantees, Random Selections and the set which is proven to be the best, my Unique 3's ™ using all the integers for the game and maximizing the coverage of the potential winning numbers. You can generate these best numbers online and save them for later checking for wins at LottoToWin
The figures given here are from my own Lotto set analyzer. There are 37 Prize Groupings for this set; the table below reduces this to 14 by giving the main prize grouping and a range for the lesser prizes. eg Of the 368,211 combinations with a single Four win 228,246 have no other prizes.
Repeats Analysis Random Selections sample:
For the Ones we see that only 46 of the 49 are used and the idea of "balancing" or having them appear the same number of times is proven absurd. For the Threes which do pay unlike the ones 10 are repeated twice and 1 Four is repeated. So, to avoid the repetitions which reduce your chances for a prize use my Best Unique 3's ™.
Colin Fairbrother

This article first published on the web 25/8/2008 and has been viewed 205955 times.
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