It’s based on a remarkable mathematical fact about lotto numbers and keno numbers. After you read about our lotto/lottery system and keno system, you’ll never look at the lottery the old way again!
-Guessing six lotto numbers between 1 and 15 ?
HOW CAN I WIN LOTTO WITH THESE NUMBERS?
It’s actually very simple. The idea occurred to me when I thought about how a computer software program would store a winning lotto, winning keno or winning lottery number on disk. Storage space is always an issue with computers, so data compression is used whenever possible. To compress a lotto number pick, the software might store the “delta” of each number instead of the lotto number itself.
What’s a delta? The delta is the difference between a number and the previous number.
All the numbers are smaller, yet still represents, and can be converted back into thesame winning numbers in lottery! Explanation below (or scroll down to see the video demonstration instead.)
I created this number by subtracting each of the lotto numbers from the number right before it. The first number is still three because there is no number previous to three. For the second number, 9 – 3 = 6, third number, 18 – 9 = 9, fourth number, 19 – 18 = 1, fifth number, 27 – 19 = 8 , and sixth number, 33 – 27 = 6.
To turn the delta numbers back into the original winning lotto number or keno number, we do a series of simple additions, always adding the result of the addition just done to the next number in the series: The first number is 3, second number, 3 + 6 = 9, third number, 9 + 9 = 18, fourth number, 18 + 1 = 19, fifth number,19 + 8 = 27, sixth number, 27 + 6 = 33.
Want to go over it again? A video demonstration of how to pick delta numbers is below.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
It means that you can pick lotto numbers and keno numbers by guessing numbers between 1 and 15 instead of 1 and 50! Numbers higher than 15 will occur, but 90% of the time they don’t! Please bear in mind that all the examples on this page assume a six-digit game, with numbers from 1 – 50. The values in these examples will vary, based on your game (the Analysis Lotto software can adjust these values automatically.)
This video shows the process of converting lotto numbers to deltas.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? WHY DOES THIS WORK?
It works because the smaller numbers represent the typical distribution of winning keno and lotto numbers. In other words, in a six digit game like this, the numbers are usually spaced 1-15 digits from each other. Since this spacing stays somewhat consistent from winning number to winning number, our scheme to represent them as smaller delta numbers works.
By guessing deltas that follow our rules instead of guessing the keno or lotto numbers themselves, your guess will have the same number distribution characteristics as other winning numbers. Does this give you an advantage? Will you win the lotto? Well, read on.
WAIT! THERE’S MORE! IT GETS BETTER!
I studied the distribution of delta numbers in a year’s worth of winning numbers from the New York, California and Michigan lotteries. When I did this, I discovered something exciting but at first, truly puzzling. They are not randomly distributed, but instead have a clear bias toward smaller numbers!
Hard to believe?
This chart shows the distribution of delta numbers in several months’ worth of Michigan lotto drawings:
It turns out that nearly 60% of the time, a delta calculated from a winning number will be SIX or less! 30% of the time, the delta will be THREE or less!
In fact, ONE is the single most popular number, occurring almost 15% of the time. That translates to more than half the time in any given six-number pick. The predominance of the number ONE means that adjacent number pairing in winning lotto numbers must be quite common (and it is quite common, just look at any series of winning lotto numbers.)
Therefore, most of the Delta numbers you will be guessing can be picked from an even smaller set of numbers!
Why the low number bias exists in our calculated delta numbers is a challenge to explain. I expected to find a nice even distribution, perhaps clustered around 7 or 8, since that would be the average spacing when 50 is divided by six numbers. Instead, I see numbers below 8 coming up much more often. Why?
Well, there are valid statistical reasons this happens. When you consider that the sum of all the Deltas have to add up to the highest lotto digit, it’s apparent that there isn’t room for many large numbers. But doesn’t explain the entire effect. One possibility is that the balls in many lotto picking machines at times do not thoroughly mix. The excess of small delta numbers, and especially the predominance of ONE, mean that balls that went in the lotto machine next to each other are coming up together! It’s not obvious in the lotto numbers themselves, but the delta calculation reveals the pattern.
To visualize this, imagine a lotto number machine where the balls all enter lined up in numerical order (like they do here in Michigan.) Now imagine that the numbers are picked without mixing the balls. What would happen? Well the picks would still be somewhat random, of course. But the balls nearest the exit ports of the machine would be the ones most likely to be picked. And All the balls near the exit port are consecutive numbers, since that’s how they went into the machine. You might not know what numbers they are. But if you track Deltas, those number pairs would show up asones. Now, this is an extreme example. But if the balls don’t mix enough, you can see how some of these tendencies could remain.
Lending support to this theory are apparent trends (look at the raw data) in the frequency of number ONE in the deltas. The beginning of the chart shows lots of ones. Later on, they taper off, then start appearing more often again. This sort of behavior might occur with changes in the operation of the lotto machine. Perhaps some weeks the balls are allowed to mix longer than at other times, owing to TV schedules or other factors. An astute observer might pay attention to these trends and play lots of adjacent pairs when there are many delta ONEs coming up.
A computer program would be ideal for tracking such delta pattern trends.