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NASHVILLE, TENN
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I have noticed that most if not everyone here attempts to reduce the numbers played into a pool of 10 to 20 numbers.  From there they use wheels to determine which combinations to play.  My question is why?

What is your reason for going in this direction rather than some other.  And what might that "some other" be?

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Using small pools of numbers is an advantage only if most or all the winning numbers are in it but that seldom happens.  Having three of the winning numbers in a pool of 12 for MegaMillions or PowerBall is quite an accomplishment as attested to by the Maddog's challenges.

* you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket *

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 Posted: April 7, 2009, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

I have noticed that most if not everyone here attempts to reduce the numbers played into a pool of 10 to 20 numbers.  From there they use wheels to determine which combinations to play.  My question is why?

What is your reason for going in this direction rather than some other.  And what might that "some other" be?

Almost any pattern you look at will have a lot of "junk" in it, even when it also contains the winning combo.

Suppose your game is 5/39 and you decide "Hey, it'd be neat to divide the numbers into five ranges and see how many of the winning numbers fall in each group.

Your five groups: A: 1-8, B: 9-16, C: 17-24, D: 25-32, & E: 33-39

Now, pick a favorite 'pattern', say ABCCD. A casual backtest reveals how "filthy, stinkin' rich" you'd be if you'd played that set, over the years.

A detailed look will show there are a lot of losing tickets with that same pattern (because of non-winning numbers in the same group), even on the day that pattern won. So now your quest is to kick out as many of those non-winning numbers as you can. Your winning pattern and numbers are preserved, while your cost of play is drastically lowered.

Or to put it this way, suppose your system generates 500 combos and contains the winner.

Your budget is 20 tickets. The jackpot winning combo is on line 250.

Taking out some of those losing numbers pushes your winner closer to the top of the list and closer to being on your list of played numbers.

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