In the last post, Lottery Tips - Powerball - What Are the Odds , we alerted all you Powerball players that the game had changed. Previously, it was a 5 out of 55 drawing and now it’s a 5 out of 59 drawing. I refer to this as a Format change. Whenever a Format change occurs, our LONA™ customers begin emailing us wanting to know what to do.
There are two types of Format changes. In one, the lottery itself remains the same. The only thing that changes is how many drawings are held each week. This type of change is seamless because the existing database of winning lottery numbers is still valid and can still be used.
The second type of Format change is disruptive. The Powerball change falls into this category. In this case, the structure of the lottery drawing itself is changed; like changing from a 5/55 to a 5/59 drawing. When this happens, all bets are off. The 5/59 is an entirely new game and the numbers drawn have no relationship to the old database. Therefore, we have to start over and create a new lottery database with the first drawing occurring on 1/7/2009. The old 5/55 database is useless to us. Now, we have to build up the new database with winning numbers over the next several months until we had a record large enough to analyze. Why? Because one lottery drawing does not a lottery trend make.
That’s your Lottery Tip for today. Enjoy.