Case Study: Testing A Lotto Template Using Live Lottery Results



This article explains a simple method for creating a lotto template: viewing recent results and identifying patterns.

We’ll use a real life lottery, New Zealand lotto which is a standard 6 by 40 ball game where you win by drawing the balls in any order. There are 3,838,380 possible combinations, so your chances of winning are 1 in 3.8 million.

The same pattern recognition method can be used for any lottery.

Recent Results Of New Zealand Lotto

As a starting point, let’s consider the most recent result:


At first glance, it doesn’t look there are any patterns we can use. But let’s have a closer look.

  • There is an equal amount of odd and even numbers
  • Two prime numbers

A quick glance might suggest a simple system of an equal amount of odd and even numbers, including two prime numbers.

Let’s look at some more results





In three of the last four results there were at least two prime numbers, meaning 80% of recent results had at least 2 primes.

We’ll build a lotto template based on the following parameters:

  • Two primes in each line
  • An equal amount of odd and even numbers

Each combination needs to be in the following format:


For this example, we’ll ignore 2 as a prime number.

Reducing The Possible Lotto Combinations

The goal of a template is to reduce your total combinations to a level until you can either invest in the lines yourself or create a lotto group or syndicate.

We can calculate the combinations using the Excel formula called “combin”.

To use the "combin" formula, just type =combin(n,k) into an empty cell. Where "n" is the population size and the "k" the group amount.

2 primes: 66 combinations
1 odd number: 8
3 even numbers: 1140

Although those numbers seem small, we need to multiply each set of numbers to get the total.

total= 66 x 8 x 1140


The figure of 902,880 is certainly a large one, but increases our odds considerably over the 1 in 3.8 million odds we started with.

Here’s the good news: we can reduce the numbers further by removing unlikely scenarios within each set of combinations. Let’s try some fine tuning.

  • Primes: 9
  • Odds: 7
  • Even numbers:15

The scenario above reduces the combinations down to 114,660 which is an ideal number for crowd sourcing or a lotto syndicate.

Examples of reducing the combinations might include:

  • Removing lines containing even numbers in a single decile
  • Ignoring some of the low primes
  • Looking at hot and cold numbers


This article has used some real lotto results to create a template system.

We’ll follow the results over the next few weeks to fine tune the system with hot numbers and removing unlikely combinations.


Categorized: Lottery Systems


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