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 …