## Another personal winninglottery Strategy

Assuming the lottery is completely random (and I sure hope it is !), then what lucky numbers should you select ? Actually, that's the wrong question really - it should be what lucky numbers shouldn't you select ! This is because, being greedy, you want all the money to yourself if you win the jackpot (yes, you have to share it if more than one person matches the 6 numbers), so it's important to avoid "obvious" lucky numbers and sequences that other people might use.

Here's a personal guide:

• Don't choose more than 2 consecutive numbers. The sequences 1,2,3 and 47,48,49 are definitely ones to avoid.
• Don't choose multiples of a number (with or without an offset). Multiples of 5 are definite no-no, because the playslip rows
• are in multiples of 5, so if you've picked 1,6,11,16,21,26 or 5,10,15,20,25,30, then go right to the back of the class.
• Choose at least one number above 31, because loads of people will use ALL birthdates and you need to make sure that you
• aren't one of them.
• Don't pick more than 2 lucky numbers that are less than or equal to 12, because these clash with months as well as birthdates.
• Make sure that at least one of the lucky numbers isn't in the union set of the most/least frequent winning numbers. This union set
• is calculated by combining the 6 (or more) most and 6 (or more) least frequent winning numbers.
• Don't choose any of previous draws' sets of 6 winning lucky numbers (or 5+bonus numbers) - there's bound to be some people who'll try this.

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If you know the 6 lucky numbers someone else has used, don't use all 6 of them yourself, because you'll have to share the jackpot ! In fact, that last point is interesting - it may mean that, if you want to take things to extremes, you shouldn't reveal your lucky numbers to anyone else in case they copy them.

Outside of the above restrictions, pick anything you like. I use my full telephone number split into two digit lucky numbers plus my birthdate (even if someone else uses this scheme, the chance of them having the same 6 lucky numbers as me is extremely remote). Fortunately, all of these were under 50 and my phone number even reads perfectly left to right on my lottery ticket if I drop the birthdate ! Also, 3 of the lucky numbers are above 31 and 3 aren't and there are no consecutive numbers. There is a 3-number multiple sequence (with an offset) though, but it's not a sequence someone would normally pick, so I'm happy with it.

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