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How can lottery long shots improve your chances?

All over the world, serious lottery players are looking for lottery number patterns that give them an edge. There is one such lottery strategy that is proven to give you an advantage. It uses lottery number patterns that exist in all lotteries. They are called Longshots.

If you don’t know what Longshots are, we’ll start with a little background and a definition. A few years ago there was a lottery strategy that became quite popular and for lack of a better name, we will call it Hot Number Strategy. Along with it came the typical hype you might expect. The launch went something like this:

Since more than 80% of all winning lottery numbers are matched in the last 10 draws, create your playlist from the winners of the last 10 draws. This will increase your chances of winning the lottery.

At first, it seems quite plausible. But let’s think about this. Implicit in this strategy is the opposite side of the coin. Any lottery number that you missed in the last 10 draws is considered a pretty dubious choice. Therefore, these lottery numbers were called Longshots. The name persists to this day and I even use it. But, I don’t defer using Longshots. In fact, I applaud them. Including Longshots in a playlist is an absolute must for any viable lottery strategy.

For all the lottery players who got caught up in the hot numbers strategy hype, this was undoubtedly a very expensive lesson. A lot of money was spent with little to show for it.

Longshots’ delisting resulted in a Hot Number Strategy disaster. You see, including Longshots is essential to any viable lottery strategy because on average 25% to 40% of the winning numbers are Longshots! You heard me right; 25% to 40%.

This has been true for all lotteries in the US and Canada for over 20 years. It was then that I began to analyze them. The percentage varies from lottery to lottery as lottery sizes change. For example, the percentage is higher for a 6/52 lottery than it is for a 6/44 lottery. But you can be sure that this lottery number pattern is rock solid.

Anyone can easily verify this. Well, maybe without an excellent lottery software program, it is not that simple. But, either way, this is the approach. List all the lottery numbers that have been matched in the last 10 draws of each lottery draw. Any lottery number not listed must be Longshot. Count the number of winning numbers from the next drawing that were Longshots. Do this for the entire history of the lottery. If you average the number of Longshots that were winners, you will find that the answer is between 25 and 40 percent.

How to take advantage of this information? Assuming the answer you got was 30%, then on average 30% of the winning numbers in the next draw would be Longshots. If you were playing a 6/48 lottery, this means that you should expect 1.8 winning numbers to be Longshots. (30% x 6 = 1.8) Of course, this does not happen in all drawings, but it is unwaveringly persistent over time. For example, in Lotto Texas, at least 1 of the winning numbers is a Longshot 89% of the time! In other words, you can count on it.

This shows why the practitioners of the hot number strategy wasted so much money. On average, their playlists fell 1.8 numbers down. This must have been (and still is) very frustrating for players using this weak lottery strategy.

Some of you will no doubt wonder how you can take advantage of Longshot when you play. Continuing with the previous example, it is very simple. Suppose you decide to reduce a 48-number lottery to a 37-number playlist with the help of lottery analysis software. Not a bad strategy as you have removed 9,946,728 bets from the game! Since you expect 30% of the winning lottery numbers to be Longshots, make sure 11 of those 37 lottery numbers on your playlist are Longshots. (30% x37 = 11.1)

It’s hard to imagine a lottery strategy that doesn’t include Longshots. Serious lottery players everywhere use it. This is called playing with the odds. In fact, that’s what all successful players do; play the odds.

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