**WAIT! THERE'S MORE! IT
GETS BETTER!**

**I studied the distribution of delta numbers in a
year's worth of winning numbers from the New York, California and
Michigan lotteries. When I did this, I discovered something exciting but at first, truly
puzzling. They are not randomly
distributed, but instead have a clear
bias toward smaller
numbers! **

**Hard to believe? Check out some of the raw data
yourself by clicking HERE.
**

**This chart shows the distribution of delta numbers in
several months' worth of Michigan lotto drawings:**

01 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 02 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 03 ++++++++++++++++++++ 04 +++++++++++++++++++++++ 05 +++++++++++++++++++++++ 06 +++++++++++++++++ 07 ++++++++++++++++++++ 08 ++++++++++ 09 +++++++++++ 10 ++++++++++ 11 +++++ 12 +++++++++++ 13 ++++++ 14 ++++++++ 15 ++++ 16 ++++++ 17 ++++ 18 + 19 ++ 20 +++++ 21 ++ 22 23 24 + |

**It turns out that nearly 60% of the time, a delta
calculated from a winning number will be SIX
or less! 30% of the time, the delta will be THREE
or less!**

**In fact, ONE
is the single most popular number, occurring almost 15% of the time.
That translates to more than half
the time in any given six-number pick. The predominance of the number ONE means that adjacent number
pairing in winning lotto numbers must be quite common (and it is quite
common, just look at any series of winning lotto numbers.)**

**Therefore, most of the Delta numbers you will be
guessing can be picked from an even
smaller set of numbers!**

**Why the low number bias exists in our calculated
delta numbers is a challenge to explain. I expected to find a nice even
distribution, perhaps clustered around 7 or 8, since that would be the
average spacing when 50 is divided by six numbers. Instead, I see
numbers below 8 coming up much
more often. Why? **

**Well, there are valid statistical reasons this
happens. When you consider that the sum of all the Deltas have to add
up to the highest lotto digit, it's apparent that there isn't room for
many large numbers. But the patterns I'm seeing still often seem
out-of-the-ordinary. One possibility is that the balls in many lotto
picking machines at times do not
thoroughly mix. The excess of small delta numbers, and
especially the predominance of ONE,
mean that balls that went in the lotto machine next to each other are coming up together! It's
not obvious in the lotto numbers themselves, but the delta calculation
reveals the pattern. **

**To visualize this, imagine a lotto number machine
where the balls all enter lined up in numerical order (like they do
here in Michigan.) Now imagine that the numbers are picked without
mixing the balls. What
would happen? Well the picks would still be somewhat random, of course.
But the balls nearest the exit ports of the machine would be the ones
most likely to be picked. And All the balls near the exit port are
consecutive numbers, since that's how they went into the machine. You
might not know what numbers they are. But if you track Deltas, those
number pairs would show up as ones.
Now, this is an extreme example. But
if the balls don't mix enough, you can see how some of these tendencies
could remain. **

**Lending support to this theory are apparent trends
(look at the raw data)
in the frequency of number ONE
in the deltas. The beginning of the chart shows lots of ones. Later on,
they taper off, then start appearing more often again. This sort of
behavior might occur with changes in the operation of the lotto
machine. Perhaps some weeks the balls are allowed to mix longer than at
other times, owing to TV schedules or other factors. An astute observer
might pay attention to these trends and play lots of adjacent pairs
when there are many delta ONEs
coming up.**

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delta pattern trends. So
I made one! Check it out HERE.
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