A group of scientists and academics in Britain have come up with an approach for picking lottery numbers that appears to have a higher probability of success than picking randomly. After several years of playing the numbers, at a total investment of $8700, they finally just won $13M. I wonder what their method is and if they can reproduce it on a larger scale. Conceivably they shuld be able to increase their efforts using their winnings in order to win again in less time. If they can pull that off then it looks like lotteries are dead, unless someone invents a new kind of game that is immune to this solution.

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Reports suggest that there is no “mathematical formula”. The technique was simply to use all possible numbers by drawing them out of a box, with the basic premise that the more numbers are used the better. It took over 4 years for lady luck to arrive!

They reported to use a new method to select 8 combinations of 6 out of 49, so that a selection doesn’t have anything common with the previous within these 8. They claimed that this way they got much better winning probability.

This is false. I did compute all probabilities. These are exactly as in the random selection. I am surprised that this has not been noticed even one year later.