Review, Part 2.
When I first started this thread about 2 years ago, I recommended
up to 6 gap sequences. I later determined that trying to keep up
with a lottery number and several gap streams was a real chore,
and not something one should try.
I've since determined, by trial and error, that one lottery
number and two gap streams are sufficient.
Why 2 gap streams?
Doing the second gap stream provides the strike overs needed to make the active cells more visible in
the first gap stream.
Where to start?
I recommended going back as far as necessary to ensure that all lottery
numbers are represented at least twice. This usually takes 25 to 30
However, given the importance of the Before-and-After triples, I now
recommend going back as far possible, maybe even 50 or more drawings.
I went back to Draw 1 for MegaMillions. As of Draw 355, there are
many triples that have not come up more than once.
How are lottery number and gap streams started?
This is a pencil and paper workout. Graph paper is a must.
To start, turn the graph paper longwise. On the left side enter the number
symbol '#' at the top of a column. Enter 'G1' in the adjacent
column. Enter 'G2' in the column next to G1.
Generate the gap numbers as described in the initial thread, and Review, Part 1.
Work with one number group at a time begining with the 'A' numbers.
Remember, you are creating Master streams for future use. They won't
be pretty because of the crossouts. That's why it's important to write plainly.
Depending on how far back one goes, the initial streams should be completed
in the space of one sheet of graph paper.
The next step is creation of a Distribution and Count chart. The procedure
and content of the chart is explained in the prior threads.
Use caution when deciding on what extra data you want to include in
the chart. I've found it difficult to try and keep up with sums, odd and evens, width of line,
etc. on the D&C chart.
I recommend the lottery stream, the 2 gap streams, an inventory chart for lottery numbers,
a separate inventory for the G1 stream and a separate inventory for the G2 stream.
Why keep an inventory for the G2 stream?
I've noticed that sometimes one or more gap numbers have very high repetition rates, compared
to other numbers. I'm not sure I understand why this happens, but, I have used these
trends to aid the guesswork.
For example, if gap number 9 in the G2 stream keeps coming up, it can be used to help
select a gap number in the G1 stream and the lottery number stream.
The procedure is straight forward. Starting at the end of the G2 stream, count up 9
active cells. Using the number in the 9th cell, (5 for example), count up 5 active
cells in the lottery number stream. Play the lottery number in the 5th cell, or not,
depending what other data is being used to choose numbers to play.
Hot and Cold numbers/gaps.
I once recommended a "?" column to designate whether or not a number is Hot(Y) or Cold(N).
(#,?,G1,?,G2,?) This is time consuming and not very useful data to keep on a draw-by-draw
I've found that Hot and Cold designations are more easily determined at the end of a Round.
I use the Most Frequent Long Time totals to identify 5 Hot numbers/gaps and 4 or 5 Cold numbers/gaps,
depending on the number group being processed.
I have to point out that Gap Strategy is a new way of processing lottery numbers, and generating
numbers to play. There is no long term data available on the net for reference purposes.
If you are using this strategy, you have probably already determined that you are making
history one draw at a time.
And you have also discovered the importance of updating the streams and charts on a timely
basis, and of being accurate.
Thanks for your interest.