1-2-3-4-5-6

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 27th, 2010

Catchalotto?s view on why you should never play 1-2-3-4-5-6 in Lotto

A while ago Camelot, the UK National Lottery Official Operator, used to release combinations that were played most commonly. Unsurprisingly, combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 was one of them in that it was entered into each Lotto Draw by many people. And by many I mean thousands!!! If I recall correctly, at some stage there were about 10,000 tickets purchased for each Lotto draw containing this combination. This brings me to the reason number 1 why such combination should be avoided like the plague.

REASON NUMBER 1:

There are so many tickets being bought containing combination 1-2-3-4-5-6, the jackpot payout would be very low indeed should this combination win!

Let?s say you play 1-2-3-4-5-6 and it does win (yippee!). Let?s say you are in to share an average £3,000,000 jackpot with 10,000 other jackpot winners. This would mean that your share of winnings would be a miserable £300! Yeah, okay, still good money, beats the tenner that you get for guessing 3 numbers, but definitely this is not the money you have in mind when you dream about winning the jackpot, right?!

There are many reasons why so many of us play this combination. It?s easy to remember? It?s easy to mark on a lottery ticket? Some are lazy/short of time to pick out a good non-biased non-ordered combination?Statistically combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 has the same chances of being drawn (1 in 13,983,816), so why not play it? Some people play the same combination every time, so it could be that they played this combination for a while and do not want to give it up now in case if it does come up? Camelot no longer announces combinations that are played most commonly, so many are simply unaware how many people they will have to share their jackpot with should this combination be drawn.

Whatever the reason, it?s a pound down the drain when 1-2-3-4-5-6 is played because of the above reason alone. There is however another reason why you should NOT play this combination.

REASON NUMBER 2:

As mentioned above, statistically the combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 has the same chances of being drawn, in other words you have 1 chance of winning the jackpot with this combination and 13,983,815 chances of NOT winning it. That?s statistically.

However, if you look at vast amount of literature that is now available with regard to lottery analysis and probability laws, you would see that most authors give out a slightly different story. Most believe that the combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 is biased and is guaranteed to loose because it is far out of balance to come up in a random drawing. This opinion is based on vast research undertaken by many who analysed the draws of past lottery games from around the world!!! If six consecutive numbers have never been drawn in any of the lotteries worldwide, and six numbers from one number group have never been drawn either, then what chance does the combination 1-2-3-4-5-6 have?

It is believed that the least likely combinations to be drawn are those at the tail ends of a bell curve. These are the lowest six numbers and the highest six numbers of any lotto game.

Now onto the good news. The good news is that Lottorino can help with Lotto combination selection. It incorporates many filters and checks whether a certain combination is biased or not. Lottorino consults probability laws rather than those of possibility. The idea is that whilst it?s possible for any combination to be drawn, certain combinations are less probable to come up.

If you ask Lottorino to analyse 1-2-3-4-5-6, it would assign a low Lottorino score of 2%, meaning that this combination seems to be biased in some way and as a result assigns the probability of it being drawn as 2% (the percentage would depend how many rules/filters have been broken). By sieving out this and many other combinations, your lotto ticket simply stands better chances of being a winning one!

If you look at Lottorino?s scores of all officially drawn UK Lotto combinations in the past, you would see that some do appear to have a low Lottorino score (i.e. Lottorino would have advised NOT to play it), but 95% of time, Lottorino score is 50% or above (Catchalotto?s recommended advisable limit). So 95% of time, the odds would have been indeed improved by Lottorino.