Last updated on January 16, 2021
Have you already seen the Player’s Guide website from Florida Lottery?
It’s a good website to see, I tell you.
Intending to promote responsible gaming, it has lots of information for ensuring accountability when playing.
But you know what really caught my attention among the tips and guidelines it contains?
It’s the exclusive section to “know the odds before you play them.”
Many players focus on the past winning numbers to pick their combinations.
Thus, they ignore this crucial aspect of playing based on the odds. They waste the opportunity to use a is a far more effective strategy because of its mathematical basis.
In this post, let me show you more insightful details on how to win the lottery mathematically. It is possible, even if you lack interest in math.
Sit back and enjoy reading.
Win in the Florida lotto using appropriate methods
The official website of the Florida Lottery itself is also an awesome website to visit. It likewise contains a lot of information that is crucial for our discussion here.
Do you want to know what games you can play and how to play them? Your destination is the Play menu.
Have you got non-winning tickets? Don’t throw them away just yet because Florida Lotto offers Second Chance promotions.
Do you keenly use statistics to determine which numbers to select in the playslip? Check out ‘Reports’ in the About Us menu. Look for the Numbers Frequency chart, and you will probably have a different perception of the use of statistics.
In lottery games, however, this method is not applicable. Let me show you the reason below.
The image above shows Fantasy 5 balls’ number frequency for 7107 draws since July 16, 2001. They reflect the data from this report. It looks like each of the balls in Fantasy 5 appeared to have an equal slice of the pie.
This cancels the notion that there are hot and cold numbers in lotto games. With substantial draws, every number will be drawn in about the same number of times. Therefore, the statistical method for lotto number selection will be ineffective. Statistical analysis will never work in any lottery game.
What will work in the Florida Lottery lotto games, then?
The answer is probability theory.
There is no need for statistical sampling in lottery games since you know how many balls there are and how many balls you must select for a particular game.
This allows you to determine your probability of winning. For example, the Fantasy 5 game has 36 balls, and you need to choose 5 to create a playable combination. Each unique 5-number combination has one probability of winning.
This is the same for other games like Florida Lotto and Cash4Life. There is one probability of winning for a 6-number combination in Florida Lotto. There is also one probability of winning the 5-number combination in Cash4Life.
This probability fact might discourage you from playing, but do not forget that lottery is completely random. Its structure is finite.
This image above shows the randomness of the lottery, which applies to Florida Lottery games. Although the lottery is random, it is deterministic. All events have a cause and are predictable via a mathematical strategy. Thus, the image denotes that players can use new ideas so they will not be mathematically wrong.
It is the truly random nature of the lottery that players must be thankful for. This randomness enables probability calculations leading to accurate and precise conclusions according to the law of large numbers.
Be sure to see and read this visual analysis of the lottery for more information on this law.
These are the lottery attributes every knowledgeable player may take advantage of to win the Lottery. Keep reading below to discover the knowledge and methods that will help you gain the advantage.
What could happen when you ignore the ratio?
You know now that probability will work as a method of playing the lottery, rather than statistics.
Probability expresses mathematically how likely an event will happen. There is only one chance that a combination will match the winning numbers in the game draw. Thus, there is one probability of winning for each combination in the lottery game.
In Fantasy 5, there are 376,992 combinations resulting from creating a 5-number combination out of 1-36 balls. Thus, the probability of winning here is one in 376,992.
For Florida Lotto, there are 22,957,480 6-number combinations. The probability of winning here is one in 22,957,480.
However, the measurement of probability doesn’t provide a complete picture. To play the lotto games with a strategy, you need to learn and appreciate the odds.
Odds, as shown by the formula, allow you to view and compare the number of ways you could win with the number of ways you could lose. You do not just accept the fact you can only have one chance to win.
Instead, odds make you careful in marking numbers on the playslip. Odds make you more conscious about your combination’s number of ways to win over the number of ways to lose. Thus, you can call odds more appropriately as the ratio of success to failure.
In math classes, is it not that teachers discuss these two concepts in one session (or at least one after the other)? Take your math lessons back in the days as a hint for applying probability and odds together in real-life situations.
You must consider both concepts when playing the lottery so as not to weaken your success. For some players, it does not make any difference what combination to play since there will always be one chance of winning.
Yet, there is a meaningful difference when you precisely select the numbers that make up your playable combination. What could happen if you ignore this ratio?
Without consideration for the ratio, you choose any number with no strategy. You may end up marking 4, 6, 18, 20, and 36 on the play slip. Unfortunately, this is the worst choice of pattern in Fantasy 5. It has 116,280 more ways to lose than the best choice of 3-odd-2-even.
This image above applies to Florida Lotto games. When you do not know how important the ratio of success to failure is, you would likely choose any number with no plan.
You might play for 8-16-20-30-32-34 in this Florida Lottery game and unknowingly waste money. After all, this pattern has only one opportunity to match the winning combination in 100 draws. Meanwhile, the best pattern choice of 3-odd-3-even has 33 opportunities for the same number of draws.
In lotteries, apply probability and odds together. Considering only probability, you pay no attention to which numbers to play. Considering the ratio of success to failure, you become mindful of whether you have enough odd and even numbers in your combination. This allows spending money on tickets with strategically selected numbers.
Without consideration for this ratio, you will ultimately lose more money. With a strategy that involves this ratio, you have more chances of being right and fewer chances of being wrong.
The table showing the ratio of success to failure for a 5/60 game may also apply to Cash4Life. You slightly overheard a couple of players waiting in line to buy tickets about odd and even numbers selection. So you tried it also with 3-8-17-21-22.
While you have no complete understanding of the balance of odd and even numbers, you have a better strategy if you pick correctly. If you ever mark the 3 odd and 2 even numbers on your playslip, this gives you 32 opportunities for matching the drawn combination for every 100 draws.
Don’t you think this is better than randomly picking numbers with no regard if they are odd or even? I do not suggest that you adopt a game strategy based on loud conversations or rumors.
Knowledge is power. When you hear about the ratio of success to failure, learn more about it. Please find out how it works and how to do it. After all, there could be more to just selecting odd and even numbers.
RememberThe goal when playing the lottery is to win. To accomplish this, learn what the ratio of success to the failure of combinations is. This ratio will help you make the right decision. This ratio allows you to exercise your power to choose despite the uncontrollable probability and odds of lotteries.
Would you waste the opportunity to be closer to winning the jackpot? I know you don’t want to, so discover more below.
Combinatorial groups could be the root of your success
So far, you have known that you ought to be careful when picking numbers to complete your playable combination. Yet, how do you exactly accomplish this careful selection?
There are at least 4 keywords that a lotto player must understand before playing in a lotto game. These are pick size, number field, number, and combination.
Pick size refers to how many numbers you must pick to play. Number field refers to the number of balls in the game.
A number is one ball in a lotto game. The combination is the group of numbers you have selected.
In Fantasy 5, the pick size is 5; the number field is 36. The numbers here are 1 to 36, and the combination comprises the 5 numbers you should select.
In a Florida Lottery game, every number or ball has an equal chance of getting picked. After all, every ball has the same shape, size, texture, and weight. No biases are favoring one ball over the other.
It is when you put the numbers together that creates inequality among combinations. This is because of the unique composition of every combination. The unique composition comes from the odd, even, low or high numbers that a combination contains.
This is when you will see that not all combinations are created equal. It is this inequality that will allow you to exercise your power to choose the best ratio.
You should also realize that the balls included in a lottery game’s number field do not just fall within the odd or even category. These numbers may also be low or high.
When we talk about combinatorial groups, we also need to tackle these low and high number sets.
In Fantasy 5, there are:
Low = 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
High = 19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36
It would be best if you create a combination with a balance of odd and even numbers. Yet, also consider if these numbers are low or high.
Consider the classic example of 1-2-3-4-5. In terms of the odd-even analysis, this combination is considered one of the best choices. Looking at the low/high number sets above will reveal that all these numbers are all from the low set. From our Low-High ratio of success to failure table above for a 5/36 game, this 1-2-3-4-5 actually has a pattern with the worst ratio. Do not forget to consider if the numbers you select are low or high.
RememberThe single probability of winning remains the same, no matter which combinatorial pattern you use. However, combinatorial patterns do not share the same ratio of success to failure. A 3-low-2-high has more ways of winning and fewer ways of losing than a 5-low-0-high. Therefore, a smart decision is to choose a pattern with the best ratio of success to failure.
A lotto player’s task is to pick the numbers that will form his combination. A smart player will accomplish this task by applying a precise strategy.
Combinatorial groups and their unequal ratios of success to failure are effective strategies a smart player could use. These will allow him to choose a combinatorial pattern that offers more ways of winning but fewer ways of failing.
How should a smart Florida Lottery player proceed on using combinatorial patterns when playing a specific game? Let us see more about the inequality among combinatorial groups and determine which is best to use.
Basic combinatorial analysis in Fantasy 5
If you match 2 numbers, you can get your next Fantasy 5 ticket for free. If you get 3 numbers right, you get a prize of about $10.
Getting 4 numbers right will let you win about $107. Yet, if you get all 5 numbers correct, you win the jackpot prize of $200,000 (if you are the solo winner).
While it is exciting to win just the minor prizes, the main goal for playing lottery games like Fantasy 5 is to win the jackpot prize. This emphasizes the need for a strategy and a game plan.
Fantasy 5 is a 5/36 game, just as we have discussed above. For a ticket that costs $1, you may pick 5 numbers from 1 to 36. The game offers an instant cash prize when you pay an additional $1 for an EZMatch option.
The Odd/Even Sets here are
Odd = 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31,33,35
Even = 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,32,34,36
This is the advantage of the lottery having a finite structure. It allows you to determine the possible combinations based on the pick size and the number field. There are 376,992 combinations for this game.
Out of these total combinations, there are 8,568 combinations with 5-odd-0-even and/or 0-odd-5-even patterns. Meanwhile, there are 124,848 combinations with 3-odd-2-even and/or 2-odd-3-even patterns.
What could you learn from this? Would you choose a pattern that has 16 times fewer occurrences in 100 draws? Definitely not. It is only logical that you will choose one that could make you lose less.
Ava dreamt about being pregnant and giving birth to twins. She was exhilarated about her dream, so she looked up online about what it meant. She read that numbers 5 and 6 represent pregnancy. Number 8 represents giving birth. She is 30 years old, so she decided on the combination 2-5-6-8-30.
Let us see how her numbers will perform based on basic low-high combinatorial groups.
2-5-6-8-30 has a 1-odd-4-even pattern, which has two times less occurrence in 100 draws than the 3-odd-2-even.
Now, let us see its low and high number composition. The 2-5-6-8-30 follows the 4-low-1-high pattern. Such a pattern has 321,912 ways to lose and only 55,080 ways to win. This has about 2 times less occurrence in 100 draws.
As a player with her own right to decide, she may continue to play with this combination. The odd-even and low-high analyses, however, show that 2-5-6-8-30 is not the best choice. She may also change her numbers, such as 6 to 24 and 8 to 35, so her new combination will be 2-5-24-30-35. Her change in numbers leads to a change in the odd-even and low-high combinatorial groups with a better ratio.
RememberThe probability of winning does not change whether you use a 5-even or a 3-odd-2-even combination. Yet, there is a big difference in the ratio of success to failure.
The ratio of success to failure of the new combination also improved for odd-even and low-high combinatorial analyses. It is all up to a player’s decision, your decision on which combinations to play for.
Combinatorics and probability offer the capability to determine the best from the worst and the good from the bad. This enables players to devise a strategy that will make them get the best value for the money they spend.
They need to discover and use this opportunity rather than stick to age-old practices of playing the lottery. To help you appreciate combinatorics and probability more, let us consider the combinatorial groups for Florida Lotto.
Basic combinatorial analysis in Florida Lotto?
Do you play the Florida Lotto and wonder if combinatorial groups also apply?
The jackpot for this flagship draw game of Florida Lottery starts at $1 million (rolls until somebody wins), and each ticket costs $2. Out of the 1 to 53 balls, you must select 6 to create a playable combination. The game also offers add-on features, such as Double Play. For an extra $1, this Double Play option gives you the chance to win cash prizes from an additional drawing.
Even without the add-on features, you could still win minor prizes when you match at least two numbers from the winning combination. 2 Numbers let you win free tickets, 3 numbers will let you get $5. If you match 4 numbers, the base prize is $100. You could receive $6,000 when you match 5 numbers.
These minor prizes surely make the game beguiling to play. This could make you think that you could then play even with no plan or strategy.
This way of thinking could be hazardous to your lottery entertainment budget. It could just lead you to unnecessary and unjustified spending. Remember, you have a way to play the lottery that can bring you closer to winning the jackpot. Thus, remain true to this main goal.
In the Florida Lotto game, the number sets are
Odd = 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31,33,35,37,39,41,43,45,47,49,51,53
Even = 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50,52
There are 22,957,480 total possible combinations for this game. The most helpful decision a lotto player would make is to select 3 odd and 3 even numbers from the 1-53 number field. This pattern offers 33 times more ways to win than the 0-odd-6-even pattern.
Picking a 4-odd-2-even combination is also good since it has 24 times more ways to win than the worst pattern. While this is better than 0-odd-6-even, would you still choose it even if you know that the 3-odd-3-even is the most helpful pattern?
You read from your daily horoscope that today is your lucky day. Since this daily reading contains no lucky numbers, you decided to use your zodiac sign’s lucky numbers. You are a Gemini, so these lucky numbers include 6, 9, 11, 19, 25, and 35.
Will the combination based on these numbers have a good, bad, best, or worst ratio?
6-9-11-19-25-35 follows a 5-odd-1-even pattern. From the table above, this pattern has 2,098,980 ways of winning and 20,858,500 ways of failing.
In 100 draws, this pattern may occur only about 9 times. Your ways of losing with this pattern are about 2 times more than your ways of losing when you use a 3-odd-3-even pattern. This means that this pattern will not produce a satisfactory result.
Perhaps its ratio is good in the low-high analysis, you might think. Let’s have a look at it, then.
Florida Lotto has the following low and high number sets:
Low = 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27
High = 28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53
6-9-11-19-25-35 is a combination with the 5-low-1-high pattern. From the table above, this pattern likewise has a low ratio of success to failure. It can occur only 9 times in 100 draws, which is about 4 times lower than the best pattern’s estimated occurrence.
Again, a superstitious player will stick to the dictates of astrology and horoscope. He will still buy a ticket with this combination.
A clear-sighted player, on the other hand, will come up with a clever decision. He will change his combination to enjoy a better ratio of success to failure. The player would drop 2 low numbers and change them to 2 high numbers.
He could replace 6 with 33 and 11 with 47. Thus, the new combination is 9-11-19-33-35-47, and it now follows a 3-low-3-high pattern.
Now, the smart player can have 5,506,020 fewer ways of losing. His chances of matching the winning combination increase by 24 in every 100 draws.
The question now is, “are you a superstitious player or a clever player?”
Combinatorial groups let you see your possible options and understand what chances of winning from each option. You can choose whichever pattern of combination you like. Yet, logic dictates that you should settle for the best.
This blog does not aim to force you to believe in anything. Instead, our goal is to present the facts and information to you to decide what sensible actions to take next. Thus, continue to read below and find out more analyses and examples of combinatorial groups.
Basic combinatorial analysis in Cash4Life
The Cash4Life is a regional multi-state draw game offering two lifetime prizes. Thus, you may also read about this game in another post about the Virginia Lottery. A ticket costs $2. A 5/60 game requires picking 5 numbers from balls 1 to 60.
The number sets here include :
Odd = 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,31,33,35,37,39,41,43,45,47,49,51,53,55,57,59
Even = 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50,52,54,56,58,60
The total possible combinations here are 5,461,512. You can analyze a 5/60 game’s combinatorial groups from the image above.
With a 3-odd-2-even or 2-odd-3-even, you have 3,695,412 ways to lose.
A 4-odd-1-even or 1-odd-4-even pattern has 4,639,362 ways to lose.
A 0-odd-5-even or 5-even-0-odd pattern has 5,319,006 ways to lose.
Every 100 draws, the estimated occurrence of a 3-odd-3-even is two times better than 1-odd-4-even; and ten times better than 0-odd-5-even.
Luis has been trying his luck on a 5/60 game for quite some time. His favorite number is 7, so his game plan is to pick numbers with an interval of 7. He often played 7-14-21-28-35-42. Besides, marking this combination on the playslip creates a diagonal line, so it looks rather neat.
Is this combination worth spending money for, or has Luis been wasting his money on it?
7-14-21-28-35 has a pattern of 3-odd-2-even. This is great because this is one of the best choices among the combinatorial groups in a 5/60 game. This pattern offers 1,766,100 ways to win.
Of course, we also need to look at the low-high analysis for his combination.
The low and high number sets are:
Low = 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30
High = 31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58,59,60
Thus, 7-14-21-28-35 belongs to the 4-low-1-high group. While this pattern is not the best choice in a 5/60 game, it is considered second to the best because it could still occur 15 times in 100 draws.
This means that Luis has been unknowingly spending his money on a mediocre combination. If only he knows he has been flushing his money down the drain for about 50% of all his attempts, perhaps he could have changed his combination or could have looked for a better strategy.
If Luis had known about combinatorial groups, he could have changed his combination to 7-14-21-35-42. This still has an interval of 7 and remains within the same diagonal line on the playslip. (We don’t suggest this method of selecting numbers, as you will find out later below)
Even so, Luis could have shifted his strategy by choosing a different lotto game to play. There are other games from the Florida Lottery, such as Fantasy 5 and Florida Lotto, which has better odds of winning than Cash4Life. How come, you would ask?
It is because of the extra ball in the lottery. Cash4Life game also involves a Cash ball, which you must choose from 1 to 4. Now, this extra ball makes the game more difficult to win, so it is your personal discretion whether to continue playing such a game.
An extra ball that lotto authorities draw from a drum separate from the main combination’s drum significantly increases the odds against winning. To be exact, a game with an extra ball makes it much more difficult to win the jackpot.
Once again, it will be the player’s capability to choose that will prevail here. As a player, know your options to make a precise analysis of your winning odds. Through this awareness, you could also devise your course of action when playing lotteries. Speaking of odds and actions, you must analyze the odd-even composition of a combination and its low-high composition. Doing so will help you decide what steps to take next.
Advanced combinatorial design can up your lotto games
From our examples above in Fantasy 5, Ava’s 2-5-6-8-30 is a good choice for odd-even composition and a good choice for low-high composition.
While a good choice for both analyses, remember that a lotto player’s wish is to win the jackpot.
Ava’s game plan still has room for improvement. Thus, the rational method is to change her combination, such as to 2-5-24-30-35.
In Florida Lotto, 6-9-11-19-25-35 is your supposed combination. It is a bad choice for odd-even and also a bad choice for low-high.
This obviously means you should overhaul your strategy, or you will only waste money waiting for your luck to strike.
Our example here in Cash4Life, 7-14-21-28-35 that Luis often played, is a good choice for odd-even and a good choice for low-high. Still, it’s not the best choice.
Realize here that applying combinatorial groups in your lotto strategy is not a one-step process. Do two separate analyses to create a complete strategy. Sometimes, like the examples in Fantasy 5 and Florida Lotto, the analyses gave congruent results.
In Fantasy 5, the original combination is good for both odd-even and low-high. In Florida Lotto, the combination is bad for both odd-even and low-high. Similar results like these allow players to determine easily what they should do next.
Yet, sometimes the results of odd-even and low-high analyses contradict one another. The best example here is 1-2-3-4-5-6. In all three games (Fantasy 5, Florida Lotto, Cash4Life), this is the best choice of odd-even combination.
Yet, this is the worst choice for a low-high combination. It is very likely for a player to feel confused because of the contradicting results of analyses.
When two analyses are contradicting, then what is the solution?
The solution is to combine the two analyses to eliminate the contradiction. We can integrate the two analyses into one combinatorial analysis called Lotterycodex.
Now, allow me to show you how this Lotterycodex system helps conveniently apply a mathematical strategy when playing the lottery.
Let’s start with Fantasy 5.
The calculator saves you from the inconvenience of mentally visualizing which numbers belong to the odd, even, low and high sets. Remember that combinatorial groups and analyses use these 4 sets as a basis.
The problem with the basic combinatorial group is they are separate from one another. The image above illustrates that Lotterycodex conveniently incorporated the 4 sets together.
If Ava from our Fantasy 5 example above has used this Lotterycodex method right from the start, she could have known that her original combination of 2-5-6-8-30 is just an average combination. Upon entering the numbers on the calculator, she would have known immediately that she needs to choose other numbers to have the best ratio of success.
The goal of playing the lottery is to win the jackpot. Yet, you know that the lottery is random, and no one can control the odds governing it. Thus, the most suitable plan is to be as close as possible to winning the Florida Lottery jackpot. This is a reasonable way of thinking.
There is just one probability of winning. Yet, there is a way to circumvent the situation so you can still be near the goal.
From the incomplete list of advanced combinatorial patterns for Fantasy 5, it is apparent that pattern #1 is the best choice. It has the highest expected occurrence in 2000 and in 5000 draws.
Pattern #1 has twice as many expected frequencies as pattern #5. It has 9 times more occurrences than pattern #29 and 138 more occurrences than the worst pattern #53.
Note that this is not just for a 5/36 game, such as Fantasy 5. The same principle and process also apply to Florida Lotto.
6-9-11-19-25-35 from our separate analyses on the basic combinatorial odd-even and low-high groups, we have known that this is a combination worthy of abandoning. Yet, it took us a while to discover this.
Continuing to buy tickets for this combination is a waste of money because of its low success ratio. You might not realize this at all. You might stop playing because you felt you have been spending but not gaining anything.
If you see the whole picture right from the beginning, you already know the right path to take.
In a 6/53 game like Florida Lotto, there are 84 advanced combinatorial patterns. From the image above, you see only 3 best patterns while there are a lot of worst and middle patterns.
Always stick to the best. Let me explain why avoiding the middle, and the worst patterns is a must.
Pattern #75 is one worst pattern. It can occur 1 out of 2000 draws and 4 out of 5000 draws. Play for 2001 times, and this pattern will only occur once. It is like waiting for an eternity before your dream will come true.
Pattern # 11 is among the middle patterns. It offers the ratio of 1 to 42. You have one way of winning and 42 ways of losing out of 43 games you play. You might think somehow that pattern #11 is better to use than pattern #75 because the latter has 0 occurrences within the same number of attempts.
Pattern #11 is truly better than pattern #75, but is this good enough? Absolutely not.
The best ratio of success to failure when playing Florida Lotto comes from pattern #1. With a 1 to 19 success ratio, it will require the least number of attempts for such a pattern to occur.
Do you now see why it is crucial to stick to the best pattern?
The best pattern has the highest ratio of success to failure. It allows you to spend money only on combinations with the highest estimated occurrence. The best patterns will not make you wait too long before it could appear again.
You can also expect the same when using an appropriate calculator for a 5/60 game like Cash4Life.
Cash4life has the biggest number field among the three games in our discussion here. Thus, the more confusing it can be to visualize the odd, even, low, and high number sets. With a lottery calculator, there is no need for challenging visualization.
Instead, you input the numbers of your choice. If the calculator deems that your choices are okay, it will immediately proceed to combinatorial analysis. After a while, you will have a file containing details on which combinations are bad and worst, good and best.
If Luis used the calculator and entered 7-14-21-28-35, he would instantly know he needed to change his combination.
Through the information that the calculator system will gather for you, you could quickly determine the best pattern to use. In a regular 5/60 game, patterns #1, #2, #3 and #4 are best to use.
For example, pattern #1 offers the ratio of 1 to 15.
Pattern # 53 offers the ratio of 1 to 1819. Therefore, out of 1820 attempts, you could lose 1819 times and could win just once. If you use pattern #17, the interval between occurrences is lower than pattern #53. Yet, remember that pattern #1 offers 4 times better ratio than pattern #17.
I want to discuss the details on how these Lotterycodex patterns are obtained and how it works in my free guide: The Winning Lottery Formula Based on Combinatorics and Probability Theory
Through the help of advanced combinatorial patterns, you could make a choice on which patterns to use depending on how close you want to be to win the jackpot.
Remember that it is all about making your own decision. You would not settle for the worst, and not even for the run-of-the-mill patterns. Settling on the best patterns will give you more opportunities to win and lesser instances to lose.
You may decide to do the manual calculations of basic combinatorial patterns. The above lottery games have millions of possible worst patterns that you could play unknowingly. So, would you go through the troubles and hassles when there is a tool you can effortlessly use?
Is one game better than the others in Florida Lottery?
There are various lotto games from Florida, and you are probably wondering if one game is better to play than the others. After all, the crucial first step when playing the lottery is to choose the best game to play.
The “best” game for one player might not be the same for another player. Thus, it falls within the subjective reasoning what will make a game the best for individual players.
Personal opinions of a better game to play could involve the number field and the pick size. Therefore, a game with fewer balls and a smaller pick size is a game to choose over the others. Such a game can offer better winning odds because there will be fewer possible combinations.
This table above compares the draw games from Florida Lottery.
The game with offering the best odds of winning is Fantasy 5 since it has the least pick size, number field, and a total number of possible combinations.
If you were to choose between Florida Lotto and Cash4Life, it is the latter that has better odds. Even if it has an extra ball that makes it harder to win the jackpot, the possible combinations are still lower than in Florida Lotto. The discussion above on Cash4ife contained details about the extra ball.
The presence of an extra ball in a lottery game could further lower the odds of winning, not just in Cash4Life, but also in Powerball and Mega Millions. Nonetheless, Fantasy 5 offers 60 times better odds than Florida Lotto and 57 times better odds than Cash4Life.
All Fantasy 5, Florida Lotto, and Cash4Life offer better odds than the Powerball and Mega Millions.
In Powerball, you must choose 5 numbers from 1 to 69 and then an extra ball from 1 to 26. The total possible combinations are 292,201,338.
For Mega Millions, select 5 numbers out of 1 through 70. The extra ball will come from 1 to 70. Every combination here will have one probability of winning in 302,575,350.
The best lotto game to play may also be beyond what these technical aspects involved. It could be a game that is most convenient for you to play. For example, when Florida Lotto’s jackpot prize has reached a huge amount, more people will become interested in playing.
They will swarm lottery retailers to buy tickets. Would you join the frenzy and wait in the long lines to buy a ticket? Or would you choose another game with a smaller jackpot and fewer players?
Regardless of what game you play, the important thing is you understand the principles of how lottery odds and probability work. This knowledge will give you the power to play well.
How do the law of large numbers, probability, and combinatorics affect your play?
The Florida Lottery, just like other lotteries, is random. No one can change its underlying probability.
Every player must regard lotteries as entertainment. No player should consider it as a job. This is because a lottery is a negative game. Out of many instances that you buy a ticket, there would hardly be a time when you will win a prize.
Aside from the beneficiaries (charities, scholars, local indigents), it is always the retailers, sellers, and lottery officials who profit from ticket sales. It is just a consoling thought that you could help a good cause through your losses.
However, this is the root of many players’ misconceptions and miscalculations. For them, they could probably win or lose no matter what numbers make up their combinations. Some even believe that there are hot and cold numbers in the lottery.
This leads them to play whatever number they want to mark with no regard to the odds of winning from specific groups of combinations. They disregard the importance of a strategy.
Playing lottery games, however, is similar to a competition or a battle. The player with the most effective strategy has the best chances of winning. Now, if a lotto player’s winning strategy does not come from probability alone, what will?
The answer is combinatorics. In a lotto game, you must always know your options so you can make the best choice. There are thousands to millions of combinations in lotto games. Truthfully, each combination has one probability of winning in the draw.
Still, each combination has its distinct odds of winning or ratio of success to failure to offer. This differs from the unchanging probability in a lotto game. Combinations have specific odd, even, low and high numbers.
This unique composition of each combination gives combinatorial groups their distinctive ratio. One combinatorial group’s ratio is so low that you might wait for your entire life for it to match the winning numbers. There are few combinatorial groups with a ratio that can bring you nearer to winning the jackpot.
The fact that the lottery is random and each game has a finite structure make precise calculations possible. Take note that precise calculations are for which combinatorial groups offer the best ratio. No one can precisely calculate or predict the next winning numbers.
Through mathematical computations and analysis, you can choose the best combinatorial group. We call them best because they are the ones that will dominate as the number of draws adds up.
To show you that the best combinatorial groups will dominate the game, here are some samples.
The best advanced combinatorial pattern in Fantasy 5 is pattern #1. Will it really dominate the game? Let us compare it with other patterns
Expected occurrence (pattern #1)
= 0.0696142093 x 2000
= about 139 occurrences
Expected occurrence (pattern #29)
= 0.0080213904 x 2000
= about 16 occurrences
Expected occurrence (pattern #53)
= 0.0003342246 x 2000
= only 1 occurrence
This remains the same, even with an increase in draws.
Expected occurrence (pattern #1)
= 0.0696142093 x 5000
= about 348 occurrences
Expected occurrence (pattern #29)
= 0.0080213904 x 5000
= about 40 occurrences.
Expected occurrence (pattern #53)
= 0.0003342246 x 5000
= only twice
Even at infinity, the conclusion of the law of numbers will remain apparent. This is the conclusion that you must follow whichever game you play in.
So, which pattern do you think will dominate the Florida Lotto draws? Find out below.
Expected occurrence (pattern #1)
= 0.0522514666x 2000
= about 105 occurrences
Expected occurrence (pattern #14)
= 0.0206709099 x 2000
= about 41 occurrences
Expected occurrence (pattern #27)
= 0.0136039321 x 2000
= about 27 occurrences
The answer to which pattern will dominate is clear; it is pattern #1. In 2000 draws, it can occur 3 times more than pattern #14 and about 4 times more than pattern $27.
The higher the frequency of a pattern in several draws, the more opportunities to match the winning combination.
Well then, let us have some more examples.
Expected occurrence (pattern #1)
= 0.0648858778 x 5000
= about 324 occurrences.
Expected occurrence (pattern #29)
= 0.0087475776 x 5000
= about 44 occurrences
Expected occurrence (pattern #53)
= 0.0005498477 x 5000
= only thrice
Thus, the best pattern, pattern #1, will apparently dominate the game with a great increase in the number of draws.
Another advantage that this knowledge about advanced combinatorial groups is that it indicates the approximate interval that enables you to plan your games.
Would you mark the 4 consecutive draws in the playslip if you know that the pattern you are using has an approximate interval of 15? If a pattern occurred today, you could expect that it will not occur again tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Of course, it’s not impossible, but it’s improbable.
You will only waste money buying tickets on days you do not expect a pattern to occur. During the days you skip playing, you can save the money to buy more tickets the next time you play.
Quick pick and superstitions, whatever could you be doing wrong?
Our examples above involve age-old traditions of players when selecting numbers on a lottery playslip.
Ava in Fantasy 5 used dreams and numerology for her combination. The example for Florida Lotto involved astrology. In the Cash4Life example, Luis preferred using his favorite number as a guide.
We have examined the flaws of their choices, which possibly came from their preferred methods of number selection. For all these three playing methods, we have observed them to be unreliable in bringing us closer to winning the jackpot.
You could still incorporate lucky numbers or favorite numbers in your number selection, but do not disregard the importance of balance in combinatorial analysis. It is possible to set this concept aside if you perform the analysis on your own. Yet, with the help of an advanced combinatorial calculator, there is no chance to disregard balance in composition.
Another gaming method that players often use yet that could cause their errors is the quick pick. Reading stories about winners using a quick pick can be inspiring. One example is the Fantasy 5 ticket bought at a 7-Eleven on Christmas day and won about $60,000.
It was a quick pick ticket. The player marked the quick pick option on the playslip, so the machine selected the numbers. Lucky though it may be, this is just one of the three winning tickets for that draw.
A quick pick might give players a convenient way to select numbers. Yet, it is as unreliable as randomly picking numbers with no plan or strategy. With a quick pick, the machine also randomly chooses the numbers.
A machine follows no strategy. It performs no analysis of any combinatorial pattern. In this example, the combination from the quick pick was also the numbers chosen by the two other winners.
While some have won this way, you have no guarantee it can happen to you. You have no way of first knowing what combinatorial group the machine will use in selecting your combination.
The quick pick is like double jeopardy in terms of not being able to make suitable choices. The first jeopardy comes from the underlying probability of the lottery that you cannot change.
The unknowing quick pick player goes through the second jeopardy of playing without a strategy. Remember that it is important to know your options to exercise your ability to choose the best. Do not give up this opportunity by marking the quick pick option.
It is best to know the ratio of success to failure of a combination before you buy a ticket. This way, you can make necessary changes if the odds are too low, such as the odds of strange coincidences in the lottery.
Strange coincidences do happen in the Florida Lottery, but there’s a catch
The lottery also has its share of strange happenings and coincidences. There is no mystery behind it. Instead, another mathematical theory can explain it.
Any coincidence is worth noticing. You can throw it away later if it is only a coincidence.— Agatha Christie
The law of large numbers tells us that every number in a lottery game will come together at almost the same frequency of occurrence after many draws.
Meanwhile, the law of truly large numbers explains that coincidences, strange happenings, and unusual events happen when there are more than enough opportunities to make them happen.
There are unusual combinations that unexpectedly win in the lottery because of this LTLN. Such luck, you might say. Yet, should you also rely on lady luck if you blindly play for unusual combinations? Are unusual combinations worth your money?
The table above shows some combinations that one could play for in the Fantasy 5 game. 1-2-3-4-5 is a classic example of a pattern with an easily recognizable pattern. The pattern here is that it contains consecutive numbers from 1 to 6.
We know 1-2-3-4-5 has contradicting odd-even and low-high analyses. Using the advanced combinatorial calculator, this combination will not pass. However, many people still play for this combination.
In this news article, you read that roughly 10,000 people use this combination each week. Yet, as the article also contained, there is just a tiny windfall from this combination.
The combination may win in lottery games, but the odds this combination will get drawn is very low. In Fantasy 5, this exact combination is yet to show. The draw result closest to this is 1-2-3-4-17 from the 10/28/2001 draw.
Consecutive number patterns in combinations may also have a different variant. The pattern could also appear as skip counting, such as 5-10-15-20-25-30. Our example above for Cash4Life involves skip counting by 7.
The winning combination for Fantasy 5 on 6/18/2020 was 1-3-5-29-31. The first three numbers have an interval of 2, while the last two numbers also have an interval of 2. For some, the pattern here is apparent, especially for the first 3 numbers.
Consecutive patterns may come in different forms. Just look at 1-2-11-12-21-22 from the table of sample non-random combinations for Florida Lotto. It contains three pairs of consecutive numbers from 1-10, 11-20, and 20-30.
Patterns of non-random combinations are sometimes difficult to see. For example, 4-6-9-13-19 has consecutive intervals between each number. The interval between 4 and 6 is 2 and between 6 and 9 is 3; There is an interval of 4 between 9 and 13; an interval of 5 between 13 and 19.
Regardless if these patterns are easy to see or not, many players choose such combinations, even though the chances that they will occur are next to none.
These combinations and patterns will not dominate the game. They have minimal occurrence according to the law of truly large numbers.
You are spending your money to play for these combinations with the worst/middle patterns. Yet, buying tickets for such combinations over and over will only be a waste of your financial resources.
It would be best if you play lottery games with more responsibility and ingenuity.
Be clever, be responsible
Florida Lottery, along with esteemed industry partners, held a Responsible Gaming Education Week. I think that this is a great opportunity that reminded everyone how they should regard lottery games.
The state lottery even provided tips that players can follow to make informed decisions every time they take part in the games. These tips are worth mentioning here, as I also encourage everyone to be clever and responsible as lotto players.
“NEVER think of the Lottery as a way to make money.”
It is possible to feel it is no longer productive to continue playing because of your continuous losses. Take this moment as a time to discover an inverse strategy.
As a player, you must not consider the lottery to make money, only as an entertainment offering prizes. Yet, the inverse strategy shows that you can transfer to a nearby field where the grass is fresher and greener.
You can think of the lottery to make money when you join the ticket sellers and retailers. You could earn profits and possibly receive commissions. A retailer received $100,000 for the winning ticket it sold to an attorney who won $16.5 million in Florida Lotto.
“ALWAYS play within your means and set a budget.”
More tickets mean better chances of winning, but an individual player’s money can only buy so many tickets. Therefore, consider playing with a lotto syndicate.
A syndicate is a group of players who pool their lotto budgets together to buy more tickets. Members will share whatever prize they win if any of these tickets win.
However, solo or syndicate players should buy tickets for combinations with the best ratio of success to failure. The money will only get squandered; otherwise. A tool such as Lotterycodex will help ensure that players will wisely spend money on the best patterns and combinations.
“ALWAYS know when to ask for help, NEVER chase your losses, and NEVER play when you are upset or depressed.”
Through the advanced combinatorial design, you can have fewer chances of losing and more possibilities of winning. Why would you waste time and money chasing losses when your strategy reduces your chances of falling?
Unlike when you do not follow a game plan, you probably follow your moods and instincts. Some people superstitiously buy tickets when filled with emotions like happiness, sadness, and excitement. They take those feelings as signs of trying their luck.
One example is when a loved one passes away. Some people associate specific numbers to life events and then use them in other endeavors, including entertainment games and lotteries.
Nevertheless, the lottery is a game of chance. After all, draws are always random, and the probability of winning remains the same. Nobody can predict the winning numbers of future games.
Still, you must not just mark any number on the playslip. Choose carefully which numbers to put together. This way, you can create a combination whose composition can provide the best ratio of success to failure.
There is no way of knowing which combination will win next. Yet, using the pattern with the best ratio will bring you close as possible to winning the jackpot. Keep all these in mind so you will remain clever and responsible when playing any game from Florida Lottery.
More games from Florida Lottery
This blog offers information, guide, and calculators you can use for Fantasy 5, Florida Lotto, Cash4Life, Powerball, and Mega Millions.
The state lottery also offers other interesting games like Jackpot Triple Play. You can choose 6 numbers from 1 to 46 for the first set of numbers. The 2nd and third set of numbers will automatically be quick pick.
Other draw games are Pick 5, Pick 4, Pick 3, and Pick 2.
Fast Play is an instant play, instant win game that a retailer will print in store. It also offers scratch-off cards with instant prizes.
Florida Lottery also has Second Chance drawings and promotions. Enter your non-winning tickets for the chance to win prizes.
Remember to stay smart and accountable, no matter what game you play. This will allow you to play purely for fun.
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