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# HELP! Macro to eliminate 5 match numbers

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My local game is a pick 6 (6/49) game and so far it has 385 draws.

Taking the latest draw

17/10/2010 12 14 16 31 34 35

it has
12,14,16,31,34
12,14,16,31,35
12,14,16,34,35
12,14,31,34,35
12,16,31,34,35
14,16,31,34,35

How do I write a macro to eliminate all the above from possible 13,983,816 and then for all the remaining draws?

looping each draw then each of 13,983,816 looking for a 5 match number takes too long to compute.

Thank you

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While it would be possible to remove these from a master list, it would be too time consuming.  at some point you will generate a list of  comb you want to consider. remove 5# matches from this list. the code below makes the following assumptions:

1.  col 1 thru 4 starting in line 1 has all of the previous draws

2.  col 10-15 starting with line 1 has comb that you want to check for 5 # matches

3.  if a match is found the entire comb is removed from the list

as writen this code will only look at 1000 past draws and 1000 combinations to consider, easily changed however.

the comments should give you the info you need to modify this anyway you would want. From your question I assume you know how to use a macro.

Sub remove_5_no_comb()

'outside loop through all previous draws col 1-6

' inner loop through potential comb col 10-15

'if 5 # match reject/ remove comb

Dim ol(49), il(49) ' dimensions two arrays to be used in program

'start of outer loop

For x = 1 To 1000 'make the high number much larger than your database

For z = 1 To 49: ol(z) = 0: Next z ' reset this array to 0

For t = 1 To 6: a = Cells(x, t): If a = z Then GoTo doneol ' out of data terminate outer loop

ol(a) = 1: Next t ' this array has a 1 to represent each draw #

'start the inner loop

For y = 1 To 1000 ' make this exacly the number of possible comb or much higher

For z = 1 To 49: il(z) = 0: Next z ' reset this array to 0 after every comb

For t = 10 To 15: a = Cells(y, t): If a = 0 Then GoTo doneil ' out of data terminate loop

il(a) = 1: Next t ' this array has a 1 to represent each draw #

' compare the two loops do 5 match?

mt = 0: For z = 1 To 49: If ol(z) = 1 And il(z) = 1 Then mt = mt + 1' add 1 for each # that matches

Next z: If mt > 4 Then Cells(y, 9) = 1 ' if mt is 5 or 6 then put a 1 in col 9 to be used later

Next y ' next inner loop

doneil:

Next x ' next outer loop

doneol:

'remove possible comb that were marked

For y = 1 To 1000: a = Cells(y, 9)

If a = 1 Then GoSub rem_comb

Next y

Exit Sub

rem_comb: ' remove cells 9-16 and shift everything up

Range(Cells(y, 9), Cells(y, 16)).Select

Selection.Delete Shift:=xlUp

Return

End Sub

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My local game is a pick 6 (6/49) game and so far it has 385 draws.

Taking the latest draw

17/10/2010 12 14 16 31 34 35

it has
12,14,16,31,34
12,14,16,31,35
12,14,16,34,35
12,14,31,34,35
12,16,31,34,35
14,16,31,34,35

How do I write a macro to eliminate all the above from possible 13,983,816 and then for all the remaining draws?

looping each draw then each of 13,983,816 looking for a 5 match number takes too long to compute.

Thank you

Why would you want to eliminate any possible draws in the future?

Just because they've been drawn once, doesn't mean they won't be drawn again.

If not, I'd sure like to know why!

with millions of possibilities, have you figured out how old you would be before that

policy would become a significant factor?

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Let me have a close look on the macro.

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Why would you want to eliminate any possible draws in the future?

Just because they've been drawn once, doesn't mean they won't be drawn again.

If not, I'd sure like to know why!

with millions of possibilities, have you figured out how old you would be before that

policy would become a significant factor?

He wouldn't be just eliminating any possible draws in the future but the most unlikely draws in the future.  If you checked the history of any 6/49 game you'll find combinations of five seldom repeat so with each combinations of six, you can eliminate over 250 other combinations of sixes that are unlikely to be drawn and be right over 90% of the time.  However that's a small drop in the bucket when you consider the fact that there are almost 14 millions possible combinations.

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

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He wouldn't be just eliminating any possible draws in the future but the most unlikely draws in the future.  If you checked the history of any 6/49 game you'll find combinations of five seldom repeat so with each combinations of six, you can eliminate over 250 other combinations of sixes that are unlikely to be drawn and be right over 90% of the time.  However that's a small drop in the bucket when you consider the fact that there are almost 14 millions possible combinations.

RJOh,

"...the most unlikely draws..."

"...unlikely to be drawn..."

Why?

--Jimmy4164

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RJOh,

"...the most unlikely draws..."

"...unlikely to be drawn..."

Why?

--Jimmy4164

I checked the 557 drawings of Ohio Classic Lotto (6/49) and found only 3 combinations of five had repeated and when I combined those drawings with those of the old Ohio Super Lotto game, only 10 combination of five had repeated in those 1131 drawings.

That was more than I expected since the odds of matching 5of6 in a 649 game are 1:54,201 but never the less it showed the chances of matching a combination of five more than once had been 10:1131 or less than 1:100 thus my conclusion was it was unlikely to happen 90% of the time in the immediate future.

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

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I checked the 557 drawings of Ohio Classic Lotto (6/49) and found only 3 combinations of five had repeated and when I combined those drawings with those of the old Ohio Super Lotto game, only 10 combination of five had repeated in those 1131 drawings.

That was more than I expected since the odds of matching 5of6 in a 649 game are 1:54,201 but never the less it showed the chances of matching a combination of five more than once had been 10:1131 or less than 1:100 thus my conclusion was it was unlikely to happen 90% of the time in the immediate future.

(Assuming the generally accepted definitions of "unlikely" and "immediate,")

The way you stated it, "unlikely to happen 90% of the time in the immediate future" is true.

However, ON ANY GIVEN DAY, the chances that one of the 6 combos of 5 on your (6,49) ticket

matching one of the 6 determined by what the lottery draws, is STILL, 1:54,201.

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(Assuming the generally accepted definitions of "unlikely" and "immediate,")

The way you stated it, "unlikely to happen 90% of the time in the immediate future" is true.

However, ON ANY GIVEN DAY, the chances that one of the 6 combos of 5 on your (6,49) ticket

matching one of the 6 determined by what the lottery draws, is STILL, 1:54,201.

ON ANY GIVEN DAY,  any of the nearly 14 millions combinations could come up.  If you're only playing a few lines then you aren't trying to cover every possible result but only a few of the most likely results.

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

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ON ANY GIVEN DAY,  any of the nearly 14 millions combinations could come up.  If you're only playing a few lines then you aren't trying to cover every possible result but only a few of the most likely results.

RJOh,

When you write  "...only a few of the most likely results,"  you reveal the mode of thinking which is hampering your ability to clearly see the impossibility of knowing WHICH few are more likely, OR if ANY are more likely.  This might help you to see what I'm driving at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clustering_illusion

--Jimmy4164

P.S.  I've alluded to AND pointed to this phenomenon in several other posts, but no one has engaged with it.  I hope you will be the first.

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When I said likely, I simply meant that they weren't part of the unlikely group that would match four of previous drawn combinations which I observed only came up 1% of the time in a 649 game.  As I said before those combinations are just a drop in the bucket when you consider there are almost 14 millions possible combinations even though there are 13545 possible combinations that would match4 for every combination of 6 drawn.

When dealing that many possible combinations, there are always going to be some assumptions which is probably why so many players prefer pick3 games with only a 1000 possible combinations.

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

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When I said likely, I simply meant that they weren't part of the unlikely group that would match four of previous drawn combinations which I observed only came up 1% of the time in a 649 game.  As I said before those combinations are just a drop in the bucket when you consider there are almost 14 millions possible combinations even though there are 13545 possible combinations that would match4 for every combination of 6 drawn.

When dealing that many possible combinations, there are always going to be some assumptions which is probably why so many players prefer pick3 games with only a 1000 possible combinations.

RJOh,

"None of us really likes to admit being wrong. One of the most seductive ways to avoid that is to change our opinions retroactively. We say, 'No, no, you just misunderstood, you thought I was saying X when I really said Y.' Or, even worse, sometimes we just stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the evidence in front of us."

Dean Esmay,  April 17, 2002

http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/000656.html

--Jimmy4164

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RJOh,

"None of us really likes to admit being wrong. One of the most seductive ways to avoid that is to change our opinions retroactively. We say, 'No, no, you just misunderstood, you thought I was saying X when I really said Y.' Or, even worse, sometimes we just stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the evidence in front of us."

Dean Esmay,  April 17, 2002

http://www.deanesmay.com/posts/000656.html

--Jimmy4164

If you noticed the prediction board this evening, you saw I put into practice what I've been saying in my posts in my predictions for Ohio Classic Lotto with 10 lines.

The winning numbers for 10/27 were  29 31 34 36 45 47

I posted:

27 29 30 34 39 48
18 23 32 33 36 44
19 25 31 42 45 47
14 20 26 30 31 49
05 11 26 30 33 36
13 14 25 33 36 43
27 31 32 39 46 49
10 13 14 34 42 44
18 26 27 45 46 49
25 26 29 34 42 47

Everyone of those lines had at least one winning number in it, but I couldn't get more than three of them together in one line, but I'm getting better with my so called illusions.  With a little luck or more lines, I could have had a big winner.  Results say more than a bunch of words.

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

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If you noticed the prediction board this evening, you saw I put into practice what I've been saying in my posts in my predictions for Ohio Classic Lotto with 10 lines.

The winning numbers for 10/27 were  29 31 34 36 45 47

I posted:

27 29 30 34 39 48
18 23 32 33 36 44
19 25 31 42 45 47
14 20 26 30 31 49
05 11 26 30 33 36
13 14 25 33 36 43
27 31 32 39 46 49
10 13 14 34 42 44
18 26 27 45 46 49
25 26 29 34 42 47

Everyone of those lines had at least one winning number in it, but I couldn't get more than three of them together in one line, but I'm getting better with my so called illusions.  With a little luck or more lines, I could have had a big winner.  Results say more than a bunch of words.

RJOh,

"With a little luck  or more lines, I could have had a big winner."

Me too!

--Jimmy4164

P.S.  Do you really think the results of 10 lines in one draw in a game with this many possibilities is of any significance?  If you had matched all six it would have proved no more than that your ship came in.  I don't think you read very carefully the "bunch of words" I referred you to.

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If you noticed the prediction board this evening, you saw I put into practice what I've been saying in my posts in my predictions for Ohio Classic Lotto with 10 lines.

The winning numbers for 10/27 were  29 31 34 36 45 47

I posted:

27 29 30 34 39 48
18 23 32 33 36 44
19 25 31 42 45 47
14 20 26 30 31 49
05 11 26 30 33 36
13 14 25 33 36 43
27 31 32 39 46 49
10 13 14 34 42 44
18 26 27 45 46 49
25 26 29 34 42 47

Everyone of those lines had at least one winning number in it, but I couldn't get more than three of them together in one line, but I'm getting better with my so called illusions.  With a little luck or more lines, I could have had a big winner.  Results say more than a bunch of words.

RJOH

I once read in the Bible that God caused a ass to speak. I though it was fable but now think it could

be Quite true.  My wife has a system of hitting 2 or 3 numbers on one line with about 75%  hit rate.

The odds for any one drawing are for selecting a set at random,  does this mean that if the set is not

selected at random the odds do not apply?  Way back, when I first studied statistics it was used by

applying certian data to the masses.  If it is used to calculate a single event or small sample  then it is

very often missleading.  A simple coin toss can explain this. The odds are 50/50 not counting the

chance that it could land on it's edge, but it is quite possible for 10 heads up to appear in 10 tosses.

Given that each toss has a 50/50 chance and that the expected average for 10 tosses would be 50%

heads and 50% tails +/- some deviation then 10 straight heads would lead me to think that some

sort of unknown exist within the method of tossing the coin.  This could easily be explained away by

using probability but the exact cause could never be proven.  The number of unknown variables that

could effect the outcome of the toss could never be known.   However these same unknown variables

creat a bias for one outcome verses the other.  Certain people do not understand what they think they

know so well.  I like the Wikipedia definition of Probability  "A way of expressing knowledge or belief

that an event will or has occurred.  To draw conclusions about the likelihood of potential events and the

underlying mechanics of complex systems."   The words "Belief and likelihood" are the kickers here.  The

only true measure of any method would be if the outcome beats the predicted odds for the event.  The

results you posted have done this.  This would be the end of the story for most but not for those fooled

by the "fooled by randomness"  joke.   Just as probability was meant to be used as a tool to help give

some idea of an event happening, the fooled by randomness is a poor excuse that is used when the

results don't match the expected outcome.  Ping pong balls bouncing off one another and air being

used to blow the balls around have nothing to do with selecting the numbers for the next drawing.  The

balls have no memory but who cares as it has nothing to with selecting numbers.  I have seen numbers

go more then 100 draws without hitting.  We that pick or own numbers are not predicting what will

happen but rather play what we think or beleive will happen.  Those that beleive that they can predict

that the numbers we play will fail are the ones that should take a good look at just what they are saying

and how two faced it really is.

RL

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