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Lotto, Lottery Software, Excel Spreadsheets: Programming, Strategies
By Ion Saliu, Excel-lent Programmer At-Large
• One: The Complexity of Lottery Programming • Two: Original Pick-3 Strategies & Software • Three: More On Gambling Formula & Lottery • Four: Using Excel Spreadsheets to Analyze The Lottery I • Five: Using Excel Spreadsheets to Analyze The Lottery II • Six: Resources in Lotto, Lottery: Theory, Mathematics, Software
One: The Complexity of Lottery Software Programming
The following is a genuine analysis of Excel spreadsheets applied to lottery and lotto developing of software, systems, and strategies. Combining Excel spreadsheet analysis with powerful lottery and lotto software programmed by this author. It was first posted to rec.gambling.lottery newsgroup back way when... I have come up with a large number of patterns or lotto filters, as you can see in my SuperPower lotto software (the WS files). It would be a huge task, unmanageable for a single programmer, to write a program that would check all the parameters, combine them in all possible strategies, and select the most likely to win strategies. When I started, it was the world of 16-bit DOS, with the file size limit of 640 KB. I would have needed many, many megabytes. Now, it is 32-bit Win95/98 software, but it is very, very slow compared to DOS (in the case of lottery software, which is highly CPU-intensive). I have had no choice (and not much time) but let the computer show me the reports of the parameters (i.e. how the filters fared in the past); based on the past values of the parameters, I would select future values using some statistical methods. One such simple method anyone can notice is that 3 consecutive increases are immediately followed by a decrease most of the time (over 90% of the time) -- and vice-versa. Of course, 90% is not 100%, that's why it is impossible to select winning lotto strategies every time. I advised in my SuperPower lottery software package a way to play the pick- 3 game. Look at the front/back pairs parameter. It has a median of 33. It also shows values of over 100 -- it means none of the front or the back pairs of a pick-3 drawing is a repeat from the past 100 drawings. Using such a filter, would reduce the number of total possible combinations to 125 (or a probability of 1 in 8). So, one strategy would be based on the "pairs" (Pr) parameter with a value of 100. Other parameters in the same file would have also higher values. At run time, in addition to setting PR to 100) select higher but safer values for other parameters and also use the simple rule of 3 increases/decreases. I have tried to make using my lotto, lottery software as easy as possible. Remember, I am the most loyal and frequent user of my lottery software!
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5000 Sum1: 0 . I had a moment and I checked Pennsylvania lottery results. Systems.5000 Pot1: 0 .com/Newsgroups.5000 Val1: 0 . Strategies http://saliu.5000 Vr_1: 0 . It is better to play lower skips. The number 5000 is a dummy: it represents a maximum value which is never reached. • Median Skip: 5 drawings • Skips of 0 to 5 = 32 times (for a total of only 82 skipped drawings!) • over 10: 10 times (for a total of 178 skipped drawings!) The worst playing situations occur when the skips reach 10 or more drawings. since I referred to a strategy based on it in my posts. I would run my program that checks any strategy. The column Pr is of interest now.. Other filters also have higher than normal values (as specified in my strategy selection reasoning). 1999. July 20. the lottery software will use that default value of 5000. I wanted to see if the moment was right to play a strategy based on the filter Pr1=100. * 3-Digit Strategy Checking .Excel Spreadsheets for Lotto. That would be most costly way to play the strategy. I ran the new Pick-3 lottery software that I presented in my previous message. • Let's say the day before the drawing took place. The results comprise the last drawing as well: 7-1-6. You can read the strategy as: we are only interested to see how many times Pr1 was 100 or more.5000 Bun1: 0 . PR1 is over 100. If I don't want to check for maximum values.5000 Any1: 0 .5000 Syn1: 0 .5000 All1: 0 .Layer 1 File: W3.5000 Pr_1: * 100 . Based on my Gambling Formula.1. Following is the top of one of the report files. Zero means that the strategy hit in two consecutive drawings.5000 Rev1: 0 . As you can see.5000 TV_1: 0 . The Skips section shows how many times the lotto software strategy waited between hits.. around or below the median (a requirement of the Gambling Formula).htm Two: Original Pick-3 Strategies Soon after I posted my last message. therefore it satisfied the main condition of our strategy. Date: 07-20-1999 *** Frequency of the Strategy in 400 Drawings *** Tot1: 0 .5000 Times: 53 Skips: 4 2 24 6 1 7 1 4 6 31 21 3 1 2 7 9 0 14 9 15 4 Sorted Skips: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 • Our strategy occurred 53 times in the last 400 drawings (let's approximate it to one year). regardless of any other filters. a skip can reach even 55 drawings! That was one of my sins up until not long ago: I believed that it was best to play only strategies with high skips (over 20). Lottery Software. 2 of 8 11/21/2008 8:51 AM .
median.e. as it normally happens. albeit very rarely. Strategies http://saliu. We can set other filters conservatively (i. average.Excel Spreadsheets for Lotto. mode for every column.360. Bun1=1. I have received quite a bit of input on the subject of strategies applied to my software. Basically. Cases like those made me stay in this lottery. Strategy.playing 21 times @ $50/play = $1050 . or between TOT and REV. other filters in the same WS file have a tendency to reach higher values. in this case). Systems. Multiplying 53 streaks by 6 runs gives 318 runs. the filters were as such that only 8 lottery combinations were generated and had the jackpot. Lottery Software. Briefly now.net profit: $3850/year (400 drawings). Indeed. Next. etc. I looked at front skips which were already higher than 6. when a filter such Pr is high. There is a stronger still co-variance between PR and TV. they were so high that the software generated only ONE combination to play! In another case. "safe" values). Do a data analysis of the new worksheet: get the minimum. Actually. Rev1=200. If the strategy generates 20 lotto combinations per run.number of wins: 14 x $500 = $7000 . total cost would be 20 x 318 = 6. a user opens as a text file the WS reports generated by SuperPower or LotWon or MDIEditor And Lotto WE lottery software packages.000 past drawings.000. I also presented on one of my main lottery strategies page (Lotto. • Applying other filters in addition to Pr1=100: . Total winning is $500 x 32 = $16. that a huge-odds lotto game can be won with just a handful of combinations! Three: More On Gambling Formula I presented in this post just one of the lottery strategies that can be used in the Pick-3 game (using PR = 100). Others use the Excel spreadsheet to do comprehensive analyses. just using Pr=100 without other filters generates 130-150 lottery combinations. Always use other lottery filters in addition to the main filter (PR. in the old Maryland 6/40 lotto game. There are 32 winning situations for streaks between 0 and 5. we must play no more that 50 lottery combinations per run. System. After further review. I should have counted also the times when the skip went 6 or higher. In other words. I presented real data for a 6/48 lotto game.playing 21 times @ $150/play = $3150 .000 and 2. Paste the block in to a new spreadsheet. He found my strategy to be FLAWED. The right strategy is still based on the MEDIAN. Wheels) another strategy. Lottery Software. Anybody can check it in any pick-3 lottery game. so we apply some other filters. Syn1=100. If they want to apply the PR the main filter. Some users with computer programming skills have written their own utilities to check the values for other filters. I miscalculated. but only from 0 to 5. they will sort the spreadsheet on the PR column. In one case. Systems.net profit: $5950/year (400 draws) Actually. Strategy.htm • Playing only when "Skips" shows 4 or 5 as the first number: . The individual 3 of 8 11/21/2008 8:51 AM . Applying other lotto filters in conjunction with PR will substantially reduce the combinations to play (under 10 in quite a few cases). maximum. Just 20 combinations per run is pretty common. That profit comes WITHOUT applying any filter to Pr=100! We want to play with more modest budgets. As I stated before. Also. You'll notice that PR=100+ is accompanied by higher values in other columns as well. In order to make a profit. Vr1=1. if there are more than 5 skips below the median do not play. There are 53 streaks. Playing only from 0 to 5 drawings means 6 runs. I presented a report for 400 drawings. It is possible. Using additional filters generates from 10 to 45 combinations.180. In Pennsylvania lotto 6/48 game some filters were very high from time to time.com/Newsgroups. Software). if using additional filters to PR=100 generates 10 combinations to play. •• I received an insightful message from a Brazilian user of my lottery and lotto software. While developing the lottery software. Any1=100. lotto software business. For example: Tot1=200. I was met with astonishing situations. play ALL the streaks. after 1 or 2 skips above the median. Play. the cost will be 10 x 318 = $3. but I have also checked 1. he was right! I rechecked the entire process. however. given the strong co-variance of the filters in the same WS file (the same layer). select all the cells where PR is 100 or greater. (There is now a better HTML report at this address: Pick-3 Lottery Method. there will follow skips lower than the median -play the strategy! Or.
D.). B. my best numbers will be within the following ranges: The first number: 1 to 9 The 2nd number: 8 to 16 The 3rd number: 16 to 24 The 4th number: 24 to 32 The 5th lotto number: 31 to 39. it can be checked against any lotto database with my lotto free software. B): Median = 12. You shouldn't use the drawings as they appeared during the TV drawing show. In the case of my data-5. the theoretical value. • The median can also be calculated in advance. even from the past 6-7 drawings! In the last 500 drawings of the late PA Wild Card lotto game (6 of 48). The Median divides the column in two halves. Choose "Files of type: All (*. I give you one more tip now: Use the Median in conjunction with the Mode. A): Median = 5. Once installed. all 6 winning numbers were repeats from the last 4-5 drawings! Again. According to the Fundamental Formula of Gambling (FFG). i. C): Median = 20. C. As you can see. More than 500 is best. Excel is an intelligent application: It will format your Data-5 file in the correct lottery software spreadsheet grid. Strategies http://saliu. The only tool you can use is the well-known-by-now Fundamental Formula of Gambling! I call the parameter FFG median. all 6 winners were also drawn in the last 7 drawings. select numbers between "Median – 4" to "Median + 4". How about this kind of lotto number selection? For any position. In the ensuing dialog box select Descriptive statistics and finally Summary statistics. mode = 30 5th number (col. If you visit my site. The lotto game draws 5 numbers from a field of 39. mode = 1 2nd number (col. mode = 39. The medians you see above are very close to what the Fundamental Formula of Gambling gives for a game of any probability p. Four: Using Excel Spreadsheets to Analyze The Lottery I SQL. E (A represents the first number in the drawings. It is better to analyze larger lottery data files. More amazingly. E): Median = 35. They only have basic statistical functions. Excel will create a new sheet. You would probably need to use a highly sophisticated software programming tool such as Visual Basic. mode = 10 3nd number (col. Systems. Select DATA-5 (or the correct name of your lotto-5 drawings file). Select column A. mode = 18 4th number (col. Let's say your Data-5 file has 500 drawings. especially "Median" and Mode. Moreover. Click on Tool. half of the lotto 6/48 numbers (3) in every drawing will be repeats from the most recent 6 drawings. In 25 cases (5 times a year). The most frequent lotto numbers drawn in that position fall within the range we just set.e.Excel Spreadsheets for Lotto. You will need to do a lot of coding. Lottery Software. you'll come across what I call the "Fundamental Formula of Gambling". The lotto-5 data file is a simple ASCII (text) file with EXACTLY 5 numbers per line: 1 12 20 28 35 It is also assumed that your drawings are sorted in ascending order. are not suited for the type of statistical lottery analysis. This is not a secret: It is a representation of the so-called "Normal probability rule". in order to get as close as 4 of 8 11/21/2008 8:51 AM . etc. it will show up in the Tools menu. then Data analysis. The spreadsheet software has a large variety of powerful statistical functions.htm probability is p=1/8. Your sheet will have 5 columns: A. You need to install the add-in called "Data Analysis". Select Open. The Mode represents the most frequent number in the column. included in a database application such as Access. there were drawings in which all six winning lotto numbers had been repeats from the past 11-12 drawings. There are some important numbers in the analysis sheet1. writing your own software functions. I recommend you visit my lottery site first: "Free Winning Lotto and Lottery Software Strategies". Here is what kind of data I got for my data-5 lotto file: The The The The The first number (col.*)". in 7 cases. D): Median = 28. databases in general. the Mode is right within that range. named Column1. open File menu. Here is what type of analysis I just did for my lotto-5 data file. In Excel. in 123 cases (25%) all 6 winning numbers were repeats from the last 12 drawings. If it is for the first time you've seen my name. The best tool of choice is Excel.com/Newsgroups.
The rule is in turn derived from the "Gaussian Distribution". There is a 95% probability that the 1st AND the 5th numbers will be between 1-18 AND 21-39.37 5th number: between 21. The program uses no filtering at all.95. I only posted in the thread because I assumed the initial writer already had Excel on his PC.757. wrong. The code I use in my lotto software is entirely my business and I do not make it available. the median of the first number is 5. I showed how to use an Excel add-in: "Data Analysis". Type the range $A$1:$A$500 (in the case of column A from drawing 1 to lotto drawing 500). The simultaneous probability for ALL five lotto numbers was around 60% for my lotto-5 file. The rule of normal probability states that the probability of any first number in the lottery drawings is 95. • I just wrote the program to generate lotto-5 combinations within ranges. Systems. You can see how numbers are distributed around the median. Lottery Software. the winning numbers will fall in the ranges we set above.98 = . The normal probability rule establishes the probability for an event in correlation with "the most probable result" in a probability distribution. My lotto-5 drawings file has over 1000 drawings. important to note that Excel does not have a function to generate lottery numbers. Or. the winning numbers were as follows: 1st number: between 1 . in more than 60% of the drawings.568. The user needs to program such functions in Visual Basic for Applications (incorporated in every Office application). you can sort data-5 by each column. Five: Using Excel Spreadsheets to Analyze The Lottery II Somebody started a thread on using SQL or Access to analyze the lottery. Over 97% of the numbers drawn in the first position are between 1 and 18 (which approximates 3 standard deviations from the median). My lotto-5 game uses 39 balls. 5 of 8 11/21/2008 8:51 AM .7% less than 3 standard deviations away. I need to mention now that my "findings" are. the spreadsheet that is bundled with Access in Microsoft Office Suite.568. I do not accept analyzing your lottery drawings files for any fees.568 to 1 if you choose numbers from the most frequent ranges. You can read my post again. The standard deviation was 6. First of all. I recommended instead the use of Excel. the winning probability is 1 in 8.18 2nd number: between 3 . it is . Indeed. it is obvious that it is far better to select numbers from the ranges determined by the normal probability rule.21 3rd number: between 11 . I am not a software salesman. approximately within 3 standard deviations). a consequence of the so-called "normal probability rule". you will face odds of only 8. the facts I have presented here are meaningful only if you already have Excel on your PC. In over 60% of the drawings. SQL is a database programming language. A file with lottery drawings represents a probability distribution. using general-purpose programming languages (VisualBasic or PowerBasic). I pointed out that SQL is not very capable software of analyzing the lottery. since it does not have built-in statistical functions to satisfy such a requirement. Now. then Sort. Finally. In general.39 Total combinations of 18 taken 5 at a time is: 8. although not quite as wrong as some other calculations indicated. Click on the menu item Data. and 99. If I want the simultaneous probability of the 1st and 5th numbers. total combinations of 39 taken 5 at a time is: 575. Trying to make it more clearly. The "median" is one of the most probable results in drawings series. Let's take as an example the median of the first numbers in the drawings. In the case of my lotto-5 drawings file.97 x . While in Excel. I was wrong regarding the total lotto combinations to play! I mean. Choosing 5 lotto numbers from a field of 39 has a winning probability of 1 in 575. Therefore. Strategies http://saliu.com/Newsgroups. In 60% of the cases. My free lotto and lottery software at the software download site does not include the probability feature presented here. Over 98% of the lotto numbers drawn in the 5th position are between 21 and 39 (again.29 4th number: between 19 .htm possible to the gambling formula. If you are to choose 5 numbers from the most frequent 5 ranges. in fact. do what I do: write specialized lottery software outside Excel or Microsoft Office. Its "Summary Statistics" generates very useful reports regarding lottery drawings files.4% less than 2 standard deviations away from the median. But if you do not program at all. This is valid for one number position at a time.Excel Spreadsheets for Lotto.757.
EXE. the final lotto jackpot probability improves to 6 of 8 11/21/2008 8:51 AM . so you can use any text editor to change it. That represents 64. You need to download also the file RANGES. Right now.5. If you are interested in the free lottery software program. you will have the chance to win more rarely. If the lotto numbers in each position represent 50% of total frequency. as far as I am concerned. if the ranges don't come up after 4 drawings. See the sample file RANGEPB consisting of the most frequent positional numbers in Powerball 5/55/42 for 184 draws.3% of all possible combinations for a lotto-5-39 game. Lottery: Theory. UtilPB works with Powerball. I obtained from 0 (zero) to 8. e. lottery software ever since. the ranges by themselves are not sufficient. edit RANGES.721 combinations. check out the free utility programs named UTIL and then a specific identifier.Thunderball. They need to be used in conjunction with other filters. It represents a very powerful way to put together only Powerball numbers of high frequency. The positive side is that the ranges eliminated 204.EXE indicates the utility lotto software for all lotto 6 games. the winning frequency is lower. Lottery Software.EXE. The best situation to play the ranges is after 4 to 8 skips (losses). That's a very powerful filter. To generate ALL possible lotto combinations of N numbers. Thunderball. I uploaded it to my software downloads site. That represents 9. The name of the free lotto software program is RANGES5. which consists of the ranges for the 5 numbers. Of course. In my book. I used next the following ranges (some love to copy me. For example. Mega Millions.Excel Spreadsheets for Lotto. For starters.036 lotto combinations. The lottery player can select the most frequent numbers for each position.56 = 1 in 64. Systems. play them until they skipped 4 more drawings. You should expect to win 1 every 10+ lottery drawings using those ranges. In other words. Six: Resources in Lotto. the final jackpot probability is 0. Using other filters. The program generated 371. they named the ranges 'positional limits'): 1 to 9 8 to 16 16 to 24 24 to 32 31 to 39.5 file looks like this: 19 8 16 16 24 24 32 31 39. Evidently.5 to read: 1 39 1 39 1 39 1 39 1 39. make the five lines read: 1 N (substitute N for particular numbers). to generate all the combinations in a 39-number lotto-5 game. Mathematics. Euromillions type of lotto games. RANGEPB can serve as an input file to the positional lotto limits function in Util-PB. but a lotto jackpot win compensates. too). the RANGES. The lotto software generated 53.g Util-6.4% of all possible combinations for a lotto-5-39 game. Strategies http://saliu. Of course. The file is in ASCII format.htm I used first the following rlotto anges: 1 to 18 3 to 21 11 to 29 19 to 37 21 to 39.000 combinations to play. Software I have written much more powerful lotto. The statistical function does calculations for the 6 positions of the Powerball (Mega Millions. If the numbers in each position represent 60% of total frequency. the best way to play the lotto games is to set filters that eliminate the largest possible number of combinations.com/Newsgroups.352 combinations.
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