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Selecting Lottery Numbers

WAYS NOT TO USE


The lottery machines are assumed to be random in their selection of the winning numbers, therefore in theory any set of numbers you choose has an equal chance of winning. But if you win the Lottery you may have to share the winnings with other people who have picked the same numbers. It therefore makes good sense to pick numbers which are less likely to have been picked by other people. Most people choose birthdays and "lucky numbers" which tend to be the smaller numbers.

There are some ways of choosing numbers which are extremely bad, because if those numbers came up, the prize would be shared between all those who had exactly the same idea about choosing them. Here are a few examples (on the subsequent pages>>)...

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