**Lottery players wonder if it is important what happened in past lotto drawings. Yes, the individual probabilities are equal, but the degrees of certainty are different. Look at the standard deviation as well. There is an article that demonstrates with real data (lotto drawings in UK National Lottery): "Lotto Combination '1,2,3,4,5,6': Probability and Reality".**

Posted by Steve Cochrane on July 28, 2000.

I have read through the mathmatical justifications for the Lotto systems posted here and can't say I understand them completely. The thing that I really don't get is - what difference does it make what happened in past lotto drawings? Statistics theory as I learned it says that in an honest game every lottery combination has equal probability, each time regardless of what happened before. If that's true why wouldn't a play of 1,2,3,4,5,6 be as likely an outcome as anything generated by the lotto software programs?

Follow Ups:

- Binomial distribution formula, probability, past, number of trials
**Ion Saliu***8/05/2000.* - Lotto combination of 1 2 3 4 5 6 has a very low standard deviation
**Frank***7/29/2000.* - Lotto combination 1 2 3 4 5 6 has equal probability?
**Steve Cochrane***8/04/2000.* - Many lottery players play religiously lotto combinations like 1,2,3,4,5,6
**Ion Saliu***7/29/2000.* - Thank to lottery players who play lotto combination 1,2,3,4,5,6!
**BigJer**

- Theory of Probability: Best introduction, formulae, algorithms, software.
- Lotto Combination '1,2,3,4,5,6': Probability and Reality;

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- Geometric or regular patterns on lotto play slips, cards, grids.
- Coin tossing hits by date: heads = 1st day, tails = 2nd day.
- Randomizing: An Art of Scientific Philosophy, Science of Philosophical Art, Philosophy of Artistic Science.
- Software and formulae to calculate lotto odds using the hypergeometric distribution probability.

Of interest:

- Fundamental Formula of Gambling (FFG).
- Mathematics of Fundamental Formula of Gambling.
- Probability, Mathematics, Statistics, Combinatorics Software.

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