Lottery Theory

In random drawings, all numbers should be drawn an equal number of times. For example, if you have a lottery consisting of a pool of 48 numbers, and six numbers are picked from each drawing, then after 80 drawings every number should have been picked ten times (6 x 80 / 48 = 10). If a number has been picked more than ten times, that number is said to be a "hot" number. A number picked less than ten times is said to be a "cold" number. Note that as far as Lotto Sorcerer is concerned, the top third hottest numbers are considered hot; the bottom third coldest numbers are considered cold; and the remainder are considered "non-hot/non-cold". In a true random drawing, the long-run odds of a cold number being drawn should actually increase, since it is overdue to be drawn.

Some schools of statistics theory say that odds of an event occurring does not increase or decrease based on prior events... that the "lottery balls have no memory". Note that this is only a theory, and theories are, by definition, unproven.

But the "Theory of Unequal Distribution" and Barstow's "Law of Diminishing Probability", no less valid theories, hold that the life expectancy of any number run becomes progressively shorter as the number run grows longer. For example, in a 50-50 random event, such as flipping a coin, the odds of getting four heads in a row actually will occur once every 2^4 or 16 series of four coin tosses (or 6.25% of the time); the odds of getting five heads in a row will occur once every 2^5 or 32 series of five tosses (3.125% of the time). So the odds of getting a "tails" increase with the length of run of "heads". This is the importance of tracking "cold" or "overdue" numbers.

In a drawing that is "weighted", that is, some influence is effecting the outcome, hot numbers rule.

Although state lotteries try to be pure random events, there are still factors that can cause certain numbers to be drawn more often than others. Does the lottery machine always start the balls in a sorted order? Does the increased amount of ink on some balls have an effect? After all, the ink used to print the number "38" is considerable more that the ink that is printed a "1". Are the balls of equal diameter? Probably not; it would be difficult to keep the manufacturing process below .005 inch (.127 mm) variance in the thickness of the balls.

So what strategy should you follow? Should you choose from a pool of all cold numbers? All hot numbers? A mixture? If so, what mixture? One hot, one cold, the rest non-hot/non-cold? As you can imagine, there are many combinations of strategies to choose from.

Lotto Sorcerer is unique in that it tests every possible combination of strategy to determine the best strategy to use. This process would have been considered impractical just a few years ago, but today's personal computers are capable of computational speeds that once were possible only with supercomputers. Lotto Sorcerer also takes advantage of the latest in neural networking techniques to identify the best strategy to use.