|Posted: March 30, 2007, 1:29 pm - IP Logged|
"Or am I missing something ? "
Time and time again, and it's always the same thing. The only reason the same combination is unlikely to repeat is because of how many other combinations there are. Ignoring the possibility that individual numbers may be more or less likely to turn up, *every* combination has exactly the same chance of being drawn, whether it's the combination you pick by whatever method you choose, or th ecombinationthat won last time around.
There are numerous factors that affect whether a given ball is more or less likely to be drawn, but being drawn last week isn't one of them. If anything, being drawn last week might suggest that a ball is more likely to be drawn than some other balls. One thing that's positive is that being drawn last week definitely doesn't do anything to suggest that a ball is less likely to be drawn than some other balls.
As Coin Toss has said, "picking" 50 or 51 balls and leaving 5 behind offers exactly the same odds as "picking" 5 and leaving the rest behind. Both are ways to choose which 5 numbers matter.