I'm just starting, and kind of have no idea what I'm doing. I've found a lot to help me narrow down what things won't be somewhere, but we'll see what I find to help me pick things out from there.
With Powerball I have a couple of patterns I've found that are reliant for reference and elimination, that might give me one number here or there. Tonight I had one number picked out. That's crazy. As far as patterns, I was correct about a lot of my guesses, but didn't pick the right numbers. If I was doing a wheel I would have probably had 3. I had 3 patterns right out of 6. I guessed 3 groups would be omitted (but picked 20 instead of 40), guessed consecutive would show, guessed a 4 skip would appear, and guessed a same integer. I guess I should start just picking the numbers that fit for all of those patterns, since I'm broke anyway, while I learn more about how it all works. I narrowed it down to 4 groups this time, and though I got one right, that's too narrow. The one I got right was a little logic, a little gut. Looking back, I've no idea how I decided on it. I wrote it down, but it doesn't make sense. Water if God wills it, is the only explanation I have now.
For the Pick 3 tonight, I second-guessed myself, and the "well maybe" thoughts I ignored would have been right. To each thing I said "this is possible, too", I ignored it. All of those were what happened. In general, I think I'm at the point where if I were to spend $40 on tickets I'd win $300. That might be worth it. Again, not like I have $40, but maybe once I trust myself I'll have the money. Let that be a lesson to me.