Written on September 18, 2002.

I said in * Probability of perfect line shapes in nature: rivers, mountains, trees*:

How about the graphical shapes created by random numbers on the grids of lotto play slips? Do such geometric patterns resemble perfect shapes? Or do they resemble shapes created by humans, such as drawings?

In the 1980s WEB I read that * New York lottery officials expressed worries about geometric shapes or patterns created by the numbers in some lotto draws*. They have been aware that many lottery players have played their picks in a manner that created geometric patterns on the lotto play slips. There aren't too many regular, geometric shapes that lotto numbers can group into. Therefore, a large number of players would play the same sets of numbers. If such sets would hit the lotto jackpot, the jackpot would be depressingly meager. The main attraction of lotto games is, of course, big jackpots! The officials were right to worry about the possibility of regular (geometric) patterns in the lottery drawings — or resemblance thereof.

I remember of all kinds of lotto systems based on geometric patterns. Some also mixed in astrology. If we are in the Pisces zone, we must play geometric shapes resembling a fish or two, perhaps a shark.

I name all such lotto systems the * Koffotzuntz patterns.* I didn't pay much attention to such lottery patterns and shapes until recently. First of all, lotto is numerical not graphical. The lottery commission draws numbers; they do not draw shapes or figures (get the pun?) Secondly, the lottery is a phenomenon ruled by Randomness the Almighty. Therefore, the result cannot resemble a human act, such as drawing regular shapes.

Nevertheless, I have noticed certain things on other lotto players' playing cards. I've noticed, for example, many numbers in the same column, or on the same line. I understand better in hindsight. All lotto play slips are designed as matrices or grids. My local lottery, Pennsylvania lottery, uses the following formats:

- 8 rows by 5 columns in the 5/39 lotto game

- 9 rows by 8 columns in the 6/69 lotto game.

I assume other lotto games elsewhere use different grid formats (like 7 by 7 in the most popular lotto game format in the world).

According to the * Koffotzuntz pattern theory*, the players must plot their lotto picks in a manner that creates meaningful (geometric, regular) patterns on the cards. For example: crosses, swords, astral configurations, candles, parts of human body, money, animals, religious symbols, even dreams, etc.

A few lottery outlets where I've been playing are also eatery facilities. Many players leave their lotto play slips at the table. I did take home some cards (kind of like helping with the table cleaning!) What did I notice, O incredibly axiomatic magistrates of symmetrical judgment?

For I also noticed, with a high probability, the age and the professions of the lottery players. It's not hard at all to assume that one is in the police force — the uniforms are unmistaken! The judges use a lot of these strings in their...sentences (pun intended): *"I hereby sentence this thought..."* Other humans simply say: *“I think so/not”*. Only prosecutors say it specifically differently: *"I condemn such an idea for its perpetrating irrelevancy"*... One way to say that particular lotto numbers will not hit as jackpot winners.

The elderly prefer such *Koffotzuntz patterns* as *crosses* and *candles*. The younger players prefer shapes resembling the female or male *organ*; or both members, if (young) husband and (young) wife play together. Police play usually the *sword* geometric pattern, while judges prefer the *gallows* pattern on their respective lottery cards. Some doctors prefer the *scythe* shape, others the *cross* or the *semi Luna* (*Crescent*). Etc., etc., etc.

How is a *sword*, for example, plotted on a lotto matrix? Well, write 4 numbers on the same line. Then, add to a lotto number in the lower column to the third number; add also to the 3rd number a number in the higher column. This is a *sword* plotted on a lotto 6/49 game (like the one played in Pennsylvania, 2004): *18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32*. The lotto number 26 represents the handle of the *sword*. The number 25 is the third number. The numbers directly above and under it (contiguous columns) are 18 and 32 (a delta of 14, since there are 7 numbers per line; therefore 2 columns differential on the 6-49 lotto card).

The favorite lotto patterns of old church ladies: *crosses*. I heard ladies promising to The Lord to share the jackpots with the Church and the Poor (no kidding!) The image to the left represents a *compact cross* (lotto numbers *18, 24, 25, 26, 32, 39*). The image to the right represents a *stretched cross* (lotto numbers *18, 23, 25, 27, 32, 46*).

- God was not on the side of the church ladies or police in Pennsylvania Lottery. I checked the numbers in the three patterns exemplified here:
*18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32*|*18, 24, 25, 26, 32, 39*|*18, 24, 25, 26, 32, 39*. Total 6/49 lotto drawings checked: 1154. - Total wins: 0 (
*6 of 6*or jackpot); 0 (*5 of 6*); 0 (*4 of 6*);**59**(*3 of 6*). - Just 59
*free tickets*in prizes in 1154 draws won't*cross*it... I mean, cut it!

I plotted the last 5 Pennsylvania lottery draws.

1) The * 5/39 lotto* game: 3 numbers in column 3; 2nd draw: 2 lotto numbers in column 1, 2 numbers in column 2; 3rd draw: 3 numbers in column 4; 4th draw: 2 numbers in column 2, 2 numbers in column 3; 5th draw: 2 numbers in column 3, 2 numbers in columns 4; or, 3 lotto numbers on line 2.

I can't detect any meaningful pattern or shape.

2) The * 6-69 lotto* game: 2 numbers in column 3; 2nd draw: 2 numbers in column 4, 2 numbers in column 5; 3rd draw: only one lotto number in the same column, or on the same line; 4th draw: 2 numbers in column 3; 5th draw: 2 numbers in column 8. I can't detect any meaningful pattern or shape on the lotto play slip.

I can notice, however, some numeric patterns. The lotto 5 game can have regularly at least 2 numbers in the same column. The lotto-6 game does not have 3 numbers in the same column; 2 numbers in the same column is a rare occurrence.

Today, September 18, 2 WE, is the draw day of Pennsylvania lotto 6/69. I used a lottery strategy that can hit around this time. I generated a handful of combinations. I plotted them on the 6-69 lotto play card. To my dismay, most lotto combinations had 3, even 4 numbers in the same column. I decided against playing my lotto strategy today. I am curious to see the real draw pattern tonight.

I can only think now of introducing new restrictions in my loto programs. If the lottery software can create various grid formats and eliminate further the lotto combinations with numbers that clump in the same column! Because now looks like I have to plot the lotto numbers in pencil first… Tedious and inefficient...

In hindsight again: Those lotto combinations were not winners! The patterns were too regular, or too organized on my card grids. There is something about the lotto patterns on playing cards, really. Several numbers on the same line or in the same column red flag too much order. Order is human-made, in an attempt to be in contempt to Almighty Randomness.

I am thinking also of something else. What if I draw as lotto patterns the faces of my googoos? There must be high randomness in their faces. I can pattern the face of Boober Zan on the stretcher; gGeetzer gGooskey after a bottle of whisky; Wheely Spindoktor while praying; Joytsar Kokostirk chopping wood; Bullgill milking a goat...and so on... If their face-patterns hit the lotto jackpot, I'll share the money with them.

Dixi.

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