Do you fancy your chances of winning Canada lotteries? If so, have you selected your favorite numbers? Or do you need a bit of help deciding which numbers to choose?
Note: At the outset of this article, it is imperative to note that all numbers have an equal chance of being selected. This is the nature of the random number selection process that uses computerized Random Number Generators to choose the winning numbers during each draw.
Before we look at several winning tips for the next Lotto Max draw, let’s consider a brief history of the lottery game and its origins.
The Lotto Max: A brief history of the game and its origins
According to Wikipedia.com, the Canadian Lotto Max is one of Canada’s three national lottery games. It was first introduced on 19 September 2009, and the first draw was held on 25 September 2009. It replaced the Lotto Super 7 game, launched on 10 June 1994 with its last draw on 18 September 2009.
The Lotto Super 7 draw took place every Friday night with a guaranteed minimum jackpot of $2.5 million (USD), carried forward to the next draw if there was no winner. The largest jackpot ever won was in May 2002 when $37.8 million was shared between four ticket holders. (Source: Wikipedia.com)
In order to take a Lotto Super 7 ticket, players needed to select seven numbers from between 1 and 50. When the game was first launched, players were only required to choose 7 numbers from 1 to 49.
How to play the Lotto Max lottery game
The Lotto Max is now known as Canada’s biggest lottery game. Its jackpot starts at $10 million (CAD) and can roll over until it reaches $70 million (CAD). Additionally, when the jackpot exceeds $50 million (CAD), a feature known as MAXMILLIONS draws kicks in. In other words, additional draws occurred of $1 million (CAD) each.
There are two options when taking a ticket. You can select the seven main numbers and one bonus number yourself. Or you can rely on the Quick Pick feature, a random number generator, to randomly decide the numbers on your behalf.
Finally, draws are held twice a week, on a Tuesday and a Friday evening.
Winning tips to increase your odds of winning the Lotto Max jackpot
Even though each lotto draw uses a random number generator algorithm to select the numbers, and there is theoretically no chance of predicting which numbers will be drawn, these randomly drawn numbers form patterns.
Therefore, let’s look at what is commonly said about finding patterns in the numbers selected during a lottery draw.
1. Avoid betting 7 consecutive numbers
It is extremely rare for consecutive numbers to be selected as the jackpot winning number combination. In fact, experts like Gail Howard, one of America’s top lottery strategy experts, note that seven or even six consecutive numbers have never been drawn before in the last 50 years.
However, there is the curious case of the South African Lottery Powerball draw that took place on 1 December 2020, where the numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, the bonus ball, were drawn.
Apparently, there are rare instances when five ensuing numbers have been drawn. But it is not a wise lottery playing strategy to choose any combination of consecutive numbers.
2. Play a mix of 4/3 or 3/4 odd to even numbers
When selecting your lottery numbers, it is a good idea to have an even mix of odd and even numbers. Number combinations that feature either all odd numbers or all even numbers are very seldom drawn. The best mix of odd and even numbers is 3/4 or 4/3. This translates into either 3 odd and 4 even numbers or 4 odd and 3 even numbers. One of these two number combinations occurs in about 60% of all Canadian Lotto Max draws.
3. Play 7 numbers that add up to 141 and 240
After choosing your seven numbers, make sure they add up to a figure between 141 and 240. Over 70% of all lottery jackpot winning number combinations, when added up, fall between this number range.
4. Play no more than 1 number from the last draw
It is almost human nature to select most if not all of the winning number sets drawn during the last draw. However, statistically speaking, this isn’t a good idea. Statistics from the Lotto Max draw show that only one number is drawn in the winning number combination set during the next draw.
For instance, if the set of numbers drawn is 6, 50, 24, 10, 5, 1, 45, and the numbers you chose were 2, 5, 19, 23, 32, 50, 48, it is reasonable to want to copy all or most of the winning numbers when you buy a ticket for successive draws. Statistics show that it is not a good idea to select any more than 1 of the winning number set.
5. Avoid selecting 7 numbers in a single number group
The essential number groups relevant to the Canadian Lotto Max are:
- Single digits (0-9)
- Teens (10-19)
- The twenties (20-29)
- The thirties (30-39)
- The forties (40-49)
Selecting all seven numbers from a single number group like the thirties is not a good idea. Statistics show that it is implausible for a winning number combination to be drawn from one number group. It is preferable to select a balanced set of numbers or numbers from a few of these number groups.
6. Avoid pattern betting and number multiples
Pattern betting is when players select numbers that make a straight or diagonal line on the lottery ticket. These numbers are often selected, meaning that if you choose the winning set of numbers in this manner, you will probably have to share your winnings with others because they get heavy play.
Another betting strategy that gets heavy play is selecting numbers using multiplication strategies, such as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49. Thus, you will more than likely have to share your prize with several other people if you win a prize.
7. Avoid playing all the same last number digits
This is another popular number selection strategy. Many people like to select a set of numbers like 4, 14, 24, 34, and 44. Research shows that even four numbers with the same last digit have less than two-tenths of a percent chance of being drawn as the jackpot winning number combination.
It cannot be reiterated enough that these tips are not the be-all-end-all of selecting a winning number combination every time you take a lottery ticket. However, they have been derived by studying years of lottery winning number combinations. Thus, it is wise to take them into account when choosing your potential winning combination, but there is no guarantee that they will be the winning number combination. After all, there is enough randomness in the random number generating algorithms to prevent any assurance of knowing that you have selected the jackpot winning number combination before the draw takes place.