WOW! Not so hard compiling the data as much as it is sifting through it. And then you get sidetracked by the oddities. Like this:
In 5400 Drawings of the Texas Evening Pick3, the digits 2,7,9 occur 41 times.
Yellow highlights the draw number. I stopped highlighting at 913 but the draw number continues with 926, 1079, 1192, etc.
Each color represents a number in a certain order. This is color is for 9,2,7. We can see that it hit in drawing 122.
297 hit in drawing 314. Again in 534, etc. 972 hit at 394 the first time. 792's first hit was at 603.
Omitted more stuff
Just shortening the table
Don't need any of this stuff here either
Here's more data:
So the final totals show 972 (descending) has hit 11 times (about 25%) and 729 (low middle) hit 10 times (about 25%). Pretty impressive. But then that little 1 for 927 sneaks out!
This is THE prehistoric straight of Texas! Hasn't been seen in the EVENING since draw 122, some 5288 draws ago!! To put that in perspective the date was March 15th, 1994 the last time 927 hit. The numbers 2, 7, 9 have hit together 40 times since in different orders.
And then there is the strange case of 5,4,3. In the Texas Evening draw, descending consecutive digits occur 49 times in 5400 draws.
13 of those times (about 25%) the number was 5,4,3!!!
And with those useless bits of info out of the way:
I'm going to say there appears to be NO advantage to playing ascending or descending, or high middle and low middle straights. Certainly on a case by case basis, and in certain time frames, it seems to be a smart play, but overall there appears to be no hard and fast rules to live by. .
Okay back to reality. Sulley's system looks more promising.