There are many ways to play Lotto, but which game plays will make you a winner.
Below is only a few Lotto game play strategies you could use to find that elusive
winning sequence. In this article we will be looking at a **6/49** Lotto game, but it
could be used in other types of Lotteries as well. A **6/49** Lotto game basically means
you choose **6 Numbers** between: **1 - 49**.

__Even / Odd__

The best Even/Odd ratio is **3/3** followed by **2/4** or **4/2**. If you could
play all possible combinations of **3/3** (*not saying you should*) then no matter
what winning Lotto numbers are drawn, then you can be sure that there will be winning
sequences in your hand starting with **3 Numbers** and going up.

__Previous Occurrences__

First you could play random Lotto numbers/sequences that have already come up. If you are
lucky you could win something in the Lotto. But this will not give the winning combination
for the next draw as the highest occurrence will probably stop at **4 Numbers**, **4 + Bonus** if
you are lucky. So onto the next step.

What if you could use your own database to see how it can be minimized to hold a possible
winning combination for a future draw using this previous occurrence game play. Using your
own selected Lotto numbers try and eliminate sequences with a winning type above **4 Numbers**
or even above **3 + Bonus**, depending on your preferences. Doing this will hopefully increase
your chances of having that winning Lotto sequence.

__Sum Total__

If you take a Lotto sequence and add up all the numbers, then the answer will be the
sum value. An example would be if you take the Lotto sequence **03-12-21-29-38-48**, then
the sum will be **151**. Basically the sum value is useful as you can look at past Lotto
sequences and get and idea as to the minimum and maximum sum limits you Lotto numbers
should add up to.

__Using number limits__

If you look at previous winning Lotto sequences and focus your attention on the first number
in the sequence. Now you will see that the "**Highest value**" will probably be around the number
**30** or so. This numbers tells you that with past winning sequences, the highest value for the
first number was the number **30** or so.

This basically means that with all your selected sequences, the first number should not be
higher than the "**Highest value**" for "**Ball 1**". Doing this cuts down on a couple of sequences
that will probable never come up in the future.

You can look at the other Lotto balls as well to find its **Minimum** and **Maximum** limits.
This will give you an indication as to the limits your selected numbers should fall into.
A basic limit table is as follow:

Number |
Minimum |
Maximum |

1 | 1 | 30 |

2 | 2 | 40 |

3 | 3 | 43 |

4 | 5 | 47 |

5 | 11 | 48 |

6 | 14 | 49 |

__Author Bio:__

N.G van der Westhuizen is a software developer currently working on an open source Lotto
database application. www.slx.za.net

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