As in depth as your analysis is, without being able to recreate the drawing procedure exactly to minimize variables, I don’t believe statistical analysis of past results can prove rigged theories or help predictions.
I compared 2010 results and there are certainly odd frequencies that would leave one to think it’s absolutely rigged, but without being able to perform the procedure myself, I’ll just have to consume the data, pray the game isn’t rigged, and pick my numbers.
“The rigging works like this: super computers keep track of each combination sold, and then the ping-pong balls are weighted to assure that a losing combination comes up. On rare occasions, all possible combinations are sold, and they must let someone win. Only then is the game honest” as per the link supplied in the footnotes http://www.uncoveror.com/lottery.htm
This would be more believable if ticket sales didn’t close a mere 20 minutes prior to the drawing. 20 minutes isn’t much time to analyze non-purchased combinations and then weight the balls with a gas.
Aside from that, should the scandal be leaked, (as the recent Manning case) it would be political suicide and the lottery industry would collapse.
Terrific article and great work. I think the information here will lessen the odds of losing as you (we) know what not to do. Now I have to get back to work and study the previous years.
By the way, how long did it take you to gather this information and form your stats?
For about the past two years, no time at all. It’s been setup for a scheduled datafeed and completely automated analysis at Pattern Analysis of the MegaMillions Lottery and Pattern Analysis of the PowerBall Lottery.
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