Everyone who has ever played a lotto game will have established their own routine for selecting their numbers. Some people prefer to choose numbers based on significant dates - their spouse’s birthday, for example, or their wedding anniversary. Others pick numbers that hold another significance to them; perhaps the year that their favourite football team won a major trophy, or their house numbers.
Alternatively, some players don’t really ‘select’ their numbers at all, opting for quick picks that are selected on their behalf when they buy their tickets. Let’s take a deeper look into the reasons people select their lotto numbers to see if there is any way of increasing your likelihood of a jackpot win with your selection.
Can you have ‘lucky lotto numbers’?
Realistically, no, lucky numbers cannot and do not exist. Most of us begin to believe we have ‘lucky numbers’ because certain numbers take on a significance in our lives. For example, if you win US Powerball with the number ‘16’, you’ll quickly begin to see 16 as one of your lucky numbers - even though it was nothing more than chance that made 16 significant to you.
Should you avoid sequential numbers?
Many lottery players try to avoid sequential numbers when selecting their lotto numbers. For example, they would avoid choosing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, or 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27. It is often thought that avoiding sequential numbers makes it more likely that a player can have an instant win - but this isn’t actually the case.
Winning lotto numbers are subject to probability. Probability dictates that all numbers have an equal chance of being selected. Odd as it may sound, sequential numbers are just as likely, according to probability, to be drawn as non-sequential numbers.
Do “hot” and “cold” numbers exist?
The idea behind “hot” and “cold” numbers is related to the appearance of a particular number in recent lotto draws. If a number has appeared frequently in recent draws, it will be deemed “hot”. If a number has not appeared for a number of draws, it will be deemed “cold”. Some players believe that specifically selecting hot or cold numbers can influence the result of the draw. For example, selecting numbers on a “cold” streak means that those numbers are somehow “due”, and are thus more likely to be drawn.
Unfortunately, while it is possible to identify hot and cold numbers, these numbers are irrelevant to the likelihood of that number being drawn in the immediate future. Regardless of recent history, every number has an equal chance of being drawn at the start of each draw.
So how should you choose your lotto numbers?
There is no scientifically proven way to increase the likelihood of winning the lotto, you just have to stick to your gut feeling. If you want to use significant dates, use your “lucky” numbers, or simply allow a machine to select your numbers, all will work equally well. It’s important to choose the option that you are most comfortable with and the one that feels luckiest to you. Good luck!