With this Saturday’s main draw being a Double Rollover on Sat 22 Sep 2012 of £11.3m then why not give yourself a chance and buy a ticket using a bit of maths. Here are some tips from Marcus du Sautoy who is Professor of Maths at the University of Oxford:
Marcus says “To avoid what happened in the 9th week when 133 people chose the winning numbers and had to share the £16,293,830 jackpot. The key is to choose numbers that no one else is likely to choose.”
- Tip 1 – clump your numbers together. When people pick numbers they rarely choose consecutive numbers like 31 and 32. But just like buses, lottery balls often arrive in pairs. The maths says that nearly half of the 13,983,816 possible choices have consecutive numbers.
- Tip 2 -you might take tip 1 to the extreme and choose 1,2,3,4,5,6. Don’t. Amazingly 10,000 people are estimated to choose these numbers each week so you’ll end up sharing the jackpot with a lot of people.
- Tip 3 - pick numbers above 31. People like picking significant dates like birthdays or anniversaries. So the numbers 32 to 49 are not so popular.
- Tip 4 - avoid multiples of lucky number 7. The seven times table is a popular choice as punters believe it makes their ticket luckier than others.
UK Lotto News! ‘Hot Numbers‘ advice is to consider how many people might play the Lotto main draw by these tips so make sure you stick to the first rule of Lotto and avoid numbers that no one else is likely to choose!