Since there had been very few Texas numbers to track in the short history of the Texas Lotto, she tracked numbers from other states' drawings. It's easy to find lists of previous winning numbers. Most states' Web sites list them. Also, on the Web you'll find specialty publications that list them, often including charts, diagrams, and forecasting graphs.
Wheeling This frustrating experience may have happened to you: You buy several tickets and discover that you picked all six winning numbers; unfortunately, they weren't all on the same play. Experts claim that wheeling can help lock in all your favorite numbers and dramatically increase your odds of winning. Wheeling isn't a system of selecting numbers, but a strategy for using all the numbers you have however you obtained them.
Wheeling consists of making up a master list of your best picks, then, using a coded system, playing them in different combinations in a sort of round-robin. Some wheels even carry specific win guarantees. That is, if the numbers on your master list include all the winning numbers--or some of them, such as four out of six -- you are guaranteed to win a certain prize. None of them, of course, can guarantee you a jackpot. As you might suspect, wheeling can involve some expense. Before beginning to wheel, first set up a budget and stick to it.
Then determine how many numbers will go on your master list. You can buy your wheels from specialists. They sell wheel blanks with various designs -- grids, graphs, circles, triangles -- and with different types of coding, such as alphabetical.
These wheel blanks provide various coded combinations for a number of plays; you simply fill in the blanks with your chosen numbers. Full wheels cover all possible combinations of your master-list numbers, while short wheels cover only some combinations.
You can also make the wheels yourself. If you favor certain numbers on your master list over some of the others, arrange your wheel so that those numbers are played more times. If you feel equally good about all your numbers, choose a wheel that uses each number the same amount of times. Here are two sample wheel blank systems, starting with a number wheel: Each of the seven lines represents one play.
Now, beneath each letter, place the number from the master list that corresponds to it. Here's what the ten-number wheel will look like when you've finished: Place your lucky numbers below the letters on the master list. Each of the four lines represents one play. Now beneath each letter, place the number from the master list that corresponds to it.
Here's what the eight-number wheel will look like when you're finished: Keep in mind that the dramatic results shown on these two wheels are only possible if the numbers on your master list include all the winning numbers. Pooling Pooling your money -- or joining a lottery club -- is a strategy for stretching your resources or getting "more bang for your buck. Of course, there are drawbacks. The primary drawback is that you must split any winnings with the other members.
Here are some things you should know before joining a pool: Join only with people you trust, such as family and friends. If you do join a commercially run pool, make sure it is operated by trustworthy and reputable professionals. A private pool should have 15 members or less. A larger, commercially operated pool should have no more than members. Ask for the club rules -- in writing--before joining. Certain aspects should be clear from the beginning, such as who will keep the tickets in their possession, the exact procedure that will be followed in case of a win, and how the numbers will be obtained.
You would hard pushed to someone who doesn't want to win the lottery - and if you've bought a ticket then this could be your lucky week. And if you only match two numbers, you can always use your free Lucky Dip to try again next week. On the days of the draws, Wednesday and Saturday, ticket sales close at 7. Sales reopen at 9pm after the draw has taken place, so you can buy your ticket for the next Lotto.
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