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# Lottery Wheels

## What is a Lottery Wheel?

Lottery Wheel Systems are a method of playing lottery games, in which the player buys several tickets, and arranges the numbers on the tickets in such a manner that they will have a guaranteed winner if the drawing results fall within a certain range of numbers.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of possible wheel combinations, but they all boil down to three key elements:

1. The minimum guarantee (for example, I want to match a minimum of 3 numbers),

2. The number of lottery numbers drawn that must fall within your set of numbers in order to guarantee a prize, and,

3. How many different numbers you're including in the wheel.

A short version of the 3 key elements of the wheel is:

• Guaranteed X-win if Y of the numbers drawn are in your set of Z numbers.

Shorter still, the common nomenclature to describe a wheel is:

• X if Y of Z.

For example, if you want to pick 14 different numbers in your wheel, and you want to be guaranteed at least a 4-number match if 5 of the numbers drawn are within your set of 14, then the wheel would be specified as 4 if 5 of 14.  (Some people will even remove the spaces to make it 4if5of14.)

You will often see wheels described with additional digits and letters, which describe the total number of lottery numbers drawn for the game (i.e., the number 6 will be included for a Pick 6-style game), as well as F, A, or K to describe a Full, Abbreviated, or Key Number lottery wheel type (more on that subject below).

As you can probably imagine, as your set of numbers widens, and as you increase your guarantee to a greater number of matches, the number of tickets needed to play the system can become quite large.  Therefore, it is very important to set your expenditure limits before choosing a wheel to play, and not to risk money that would otherwise be paying the rent or heating bill.  (Remember, it's entertainment, so don't spend a lot of money unless you have the resources to do so.)

Also, the word "guarantee" needs to be taken in the right way: do not think you're going to win every time, because even with a wheel, you're still only covering a very small set of the game's total combinations.

As mentioned above, there are three different types of wheels, which offer different levels of coverage of your numbers, and ultimately controls how much money you're going to spend buying tickets.  The three different wheel types are:

1. Full Wheels (All members have access) - Covers all possible combinations of the selected set of numbers.  The advantage to a full wheeling system is that because all possible winning combinations are present in your tickets, you are guaranteed to win several prizes if three or more numbers drawn are within your set of wheeled numbers.  The drawback to a full wheeling system is that these wheels produce a large number of tickets/costs and may not be the best way to play for most people's lotto budget.  Full wheels can be ideal for large pools of players.

Filtering (Gold and Platinum members have access) - We have provided a huge assortment of filters to reduce the number of combinations included in your Full Wheel.  This will allow you to craft the resulting number wheel such that any combinations that do not match the filter criteria you specify are eliminated form the wheel.  Filtering is only available on Full Wheels, because the Key Wheels and Abbreviated Wheels would lose their guarantees if filtered.

2. Key Wheels (Gold and Platinum members have access) - Works like an Abbreviated Wheel (see below), except that each ticket will contain your key number.  Use a key wheel if you're sure that a certain number will definitely appear in the results, and you want the benefits of mathematically-reduced Abbreviated Wheel.

3. Abbreviated Wheels (Platinum members have access) - Does not cover all possible combinations, but guarantees at least one winning ticket if a certain amount of numbers drawn fall within your wheeled number set.  Abbreviated wheels are a good balance between wide coverage of numbers and a reasonable budget, and may be more suitable for the solo lottery player.  When choosing a wheel, look for the criteria that must be met in order to guarantee a win, as well as the number of tickets that must be purchased.  Lottery Post features some of the best abbreviated wheels available anywhere.  In most cases they are exceptionally well-balanced and mathematically-minimal, providing unique value and benefit.

Abbreviated Wheels are often the most sought-after, because they offer the unique combination of good coverage for a reasonable budget.  Using an Abbreviated Wheel is mathematically superior to using a filter to reduce "excess" number combinations, because you still retain a guarantee of winning a prize if you match some numbers.  With a filter you have no such guarantee.

Some of the Pick 6 Abbreviated Wheels available to Lottery Post Platinum members are based on the hand-crafted, mathematically-minimal lottery wheels constructed by Iliya Bluskov in his book Combinatorial Lottery Systems (Wheels) with Guaranteed Wins.  Several of the wheels offer significant reduction in the number of tickets that must be played to guarantee a win.  For example, Gail Howard's System #513 (4if5of20) has a minimum purchase of 216 tickets, whereas the Lottery Post 4if5of20 Abbreviated Wheel (created by Bluskov) only requires 145 tickets to be purchased — a reduction of 66 tickets for the same guarantee!

To use a lottery wheel, first click on the game type above, which will take you to the page containing all the wheels available for that game type.  Then, after you select a wheel, you will enter the numbers to include in the wheel, and then the wheel will be automatically created for you.

Good luck!