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The Pick Three

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I read this on Ion Saliu's site and just had to put it in my blog..

As promised, here is the strategy applied to the pick-3 and pick-4 games. The normula says that 50% of the 3 digits (1 or 2 digits) of the pick3 game will come out within 1 drawing, that is, they are repeats from the preceding drawing. Or, 75% of the 3 digits (2 or 3 digits) of the pick-3 game are repeats from the last 3 drawings.-Ion Saliu

If you don't believe it, track your state's Pick 3 draw. I had to find out why the "stack" works and this is it.  The only time that this may not work is when the numbers are going through a transition (different numbers start falling until they also  start following this pattern).

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Comment by Rick G - February 22, 2005, 4:44 pm
You are exactly right and that is why the "stack" and "tic-tac-toe" approaches work so well. I've used this approach extensively in the past. Ion Saliu's Fundamental Formula for Gambling is a "must read" for everyone and works even better when playing lottery games with a larger number pool.
But keep in mind that 25% of the digits in a pick-3 game come from the fourth draw and further, which is almost the equivalent chances of one of the three digits from that 'not-drawn' digit pool to come in today's draw. (33.3% vs. 25%). Usually you'll come up with 6 or 7 digits that have come in the last three draws as you probably discovered in your back-test.
So mathematically it works out to be true to the nature of random numbers. That is why I'll accept one digit that hasn't played in the last three draws, but no more than that.
Thanks!
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Comment by scrooge - September 15, 2005, 10:37 pm
Fact # 1: Actually, one of yesterdays 3 digits will come in today 65% of the time.
Fact # 2: If you selected any 3 digits at random, one of the them will come in today 65% of the time. So fact # 1 is not really special.
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Comment by Tenaj - September 29, 2005, 8:33 pm
You are exactly right about the repeats. I track sc pa ny ill.

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