So Greatly-Absent #4 on Pick 3 (Idaho) really ticked me off on Saturday when it arrived with 5 and 8 - the ticket I bought just the day before but failed to purchase on Saturday. I knew #4 was most absent with 3 and 7 but I decided to give it a few games before working it.
That strategy paid off. This morning it came to me that I should play #4 with 1 and 7, that it felt the strongest to me. I had $4 in my wallet, enough to buy a gallon of gas (4 days til payday), but I decided I should use one dollar on 1-4-7. I would buy a box ticket, any order. Just one dollar.
It happened: 7-1-4. (Hmmm... that was actually my father's birthday, never thought of that...) $80 is not enough to have a party on it but it can feel pretty special when payday is 4 days away.
So thanks, #4. Now I'm going to work something up with your delinquent pal #3....