# A strategy question

#### tomtom

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Well, some lottery players would consider my question a bit unusual but I don't mind. Many people avoid numbers related to birthdays for example, because if they win it means sharing a JP with many others. Honestly, I do not even think about JP. By my opinion, it is a bit too hard to be the luckiest one in a country in a specified flash or moment. Therefore, I play lottery for fun and if I hit occasionally (once in a month or two, for example) five out of six I would be quite satisfied. So my question: is there any known strategy that works somewhere between good and well for a five out of six, even if it excludes the chances for a JP?

#### PAB

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A Strategy Question

Hi tomtom,

It really depends on what sort of Lotto you are playing ( i.e. 6 from 49 ) and how much you can affordably spend on each draw. Obviously the more lines you do, the more chance you have of winning.
You could try using an Abbreviated Wheel, which basically gives you the “MAXIMUM” Coverage at a far reduced cost.
An Abbreviated Wheel will give you a “MINIMUM WIN GUARANTEE”, for example, if you used the Wheel C(14,6,5,6)=98, this means that you pick 14 Numbers, with 6 Numbers being Drawn in the Lotto and “GUARANTEEING” that if you have the 6 Drawn Numbers in your selection of 14 Numbers that you are “GUARANTEED” to have a “MINIMUM” of 1 ( one ) Match 5 Win. To cover every Combination would take 3,003 lines ( but that would Guarantee you the JACKPOT ).
Although each Abbreviated Wheel gives a “MINIMUM WIN GUARANTEE”, there is nothing stopping it from producing anything from the lowest prize win ( or several ) to the JACKPOT.
I hope this helps.
Good Luck

All the Best
PAB

#### tomtom

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Hi PAB,

Well, presently I play mostly a few quick picks – 6/49, but I used to wheel numbers with sporadic success and probably I may try it again in the future. Actually, I believe that it is almost impossible to get any significant win using a small amount of numbers. Since I am interested to hit occasional 5 out of 6,
one of my strategies was to wait until a 3-2-1 is due (speaking of decades). If I play only two decades and if I get these with 3-2 right, probably I would expect a five somewhere on my tickets playing 20 numbers. If it happened something else than 3-2-1, well there was mostly a 4 or couple of 3’s, depending how many numbers were from these two decades I played . This strategy by my opinion was also good for a 6 hit since sometimes a 3-3-0 occurs. But as I said before, I play lottery mostly for fun and this strategy is a kind of boring one, since 3-2-1 is not due so often…

#### tomtom

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Huh, I forgot to say what was actually the main advantage of this two decades strategy. Well, if I made combos out of 2 groups of 10 COSECUTIVE numbers, it provides far less tickets since the final result preferably avoids to much consecutives. For the numbers chosen by some other strategy, probably the number of the final tickets would be much, much higher….

#### Beaker

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tomtom said:
Huh, I forgot to say what was actually the main advantage of this two decades strategy. Well, if I made combos out of 2 groups of 10 COSECUTIVE numbers, it provides far less tickets since the final result preferably avoids to much consecutives. For the numbers chosen by some other strategy, probably the number of the final tickets would be much, much higher….
tomtom welcome.

We watch decades over on the 6/49 discussion thread

Your 3-2-1 do you mean 20's-10's-1's or 3-in-one decade - 2 in another and 1 in another with 2 other decades missing?

A 3-decade miss is rare - in fact we just had one a few draws back.

Based on the percetages - if you didn't already know this - , out of 10 draws, 6 will have at least one decade missing, 3 will have 2 decades missing and 1 draw will have all decades

#### tomtom

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Hi Beaker,

Since my goal is 5 out of 6, I like to look for a (any) two decades missing draw, and I may play two decades out of predicted three. In this case, if I properly chose the two decades with the most drawn numbers that would be either five and (pretty rare) six numbers. This situation may provide a fair chance for a five hit. Elsewhere, I would be happy to get part of my money back by hitting a 4 or couple of 3’s in a case of (for example) 2-2-2 draw where I may hit MAX 4 numbers in the two chosen decades…. Well, 5153 post is a bit impressive…

#### Beaker

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tomtom said:
Hi Beaker,

Since my goal is 5 out of 6, I like to look for a (any) two decades missing draw, and I may play two decades out of predicted three. In this case, if I properly chose the two decades with the most drawn numbers that would be either five and (pretty rare) six numbers. This situation may provide a fair chance for a five hit. Elsewhere, I would be happy to get part of my money back by hitting a 4 or couple of 3’s in a case of (for example) 2-2-2 draw where I may hit MAX 4 numbers in the two chosen decades…. Well, 5153 post is a bit impressive…
This is a good strategy - decade elimination - especially 2-decades. I always try to limit the selection in a few decades to one or two, then let my wheel produce some tickets with 2 decades missing. If I have a good feeling about the decade missing, then I won't play any - but normally I like to cma\$\$
Watch the next few draws here tomtom, your strategy is in play

Good luck

#### tomtom

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Beaker said:
This is a good strategy - decade elimination - especially 2-decades. I always try to limit the selection in a few decades to one or two, then let my wheel produce some tickets with 2 decades missing. If I have a good feeling about the decade missing, then I won't play any - but normally I like to cma\$\$
Watch the next few draws here tomtom, your strategy is in play

Good luck

Well, I abandoned classic wheeling after once it happened that a wheel I picked up somewhere produced 4 out of 6 right from 11 in 6/49. Now, I make my own wheels if I decide to play more tickets. BTW, presently I’m playing only a few quick picks occasionally from the reason I’m trying to combine this 2 decades strategy with a 2 last digit strategy. This means 2 decades plus 2 due last digits. It’s a bit more numbers, but in my opinion still not too many. From time to time, I’m getting pretty perspective results, on the paper, of course… Well, there are a few gaps, but hope to fill ‘em up son…
Cheers