Can You Predict Lottery Winning Numbers?

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Every lottery player has had the same thought: is it possible to predict the next winning numbers?

Common sense says no. Wishful thinking says yes. And if you really do believe that you've found that possibility, here are some great sites to play the lottery online.

After all, if it were possible, everybody would already be swimming in piles of money, and lotteries would probably cease to exist altogether. But since lottery numbers are drawn randomly, there’s no way to accurately predict the exact numbers.

Hold on. What if you could predict which numbers are most likely to be drawn and which aren’t? It’s one step closer to winning!

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If you're a math wiz trying to come up with your own prediction system, read on. In case you want to pick one off the shelf, we have also compiled a list of the best lottery prediction software to help increase your odds of winning.

Two mathematicians have studied this and both have come to two different conclusions. Meet Renato Gianella and Dr. John Haigh.

The Geometry of Chance

In Brazilian mathematician Renato Gianella’s studies, The Geometry of Chance: Lotto Numbers Follow a Predicted Pattern, he finds that not every number combination has an equal chance of being drawn. That is, some combinations are more likely to be drawn than others—and that it is entirely possible to see what those patterns are. This is huge.


Geometry of Chance
Renato Gianella built a website where you could see the number combinations likely to win.

Gianella’s theory posits that winning numbers from previous draws hold discernible patterns that can inform what number combinations are most likely to be drawn next.

So, why doesn’t everybody do this? You need to have some understanding of probability theories and complex math before you can take full advantage of it. Not many of us do!

Avoiding Low Figures

Sussex University’s emeritus reader in math Dr. John Haigh has a slightly different idea—though it still draws on probabilities.

He claims that if you choose a number combination that gives off a total of 200, your chances of winning can increase significantly. It may sound like a pitch from a snake oil salesman, but there’s actually a logic behind it.

Unlike Renato Gianella, Dr. Haigh believes that each number combination is equally likely to be drawn. He does, however, suggest that what people need to be doing is to figure out which number combinations people are more likely to choose—and then choose something entirely different.

Dr. John Haigh

How does this help you win? Technically it doesn’t—but if your numbers do end up being drawn, it helps you win bigger. Because you chose numbers that most people don’t choose, there’s a good chance that you won’t have to share the pot with anyone else.

Dr. Haigh advises against choosing birthday numbers, lucky numbers (which are mostly in the single digits), and other possible number combinations that most people go for. He also advises not to choose a row of numbers, like 1-6, as well as the previous week’s numbers. In other words, choose numbers that don’t form an obvious pattern.

Can Machine Learning Predict the Lottery?

With all the rapid advancements in machine learning, couldn’t a machine—or a supercomputer—accurately predict the upcoming numbers?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible, according to UCLA’s Professor Emeritus of statistics Donald Ylvisaker. There is no machine capable of doing that—not today, not tomorrow.

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According to Donald Ylvisaker, building a machine capable of predicting lottery numbers is impossible.

Lotteries rely heavily on randomness, and the random number generators that lotteries use have become more sophisticated over time. Ylvisaker, who monitors lottery drawings to ensure their fairness, says that lotteries use different number generating machines for each draw.

So, because the machines are different each time, it’s too difficult to gather enough usable data for building a device capable of predicting lotto numbers. The professor also points out that the amount of data needed for such an endeavor is quite prohibitive.

To put it simply, you are looking at trillions of possible combinations. It’s an impossible task.

Using Lottery Prediction Software

There is a slew of lottery software in the market to help you pick the winning numbers. Some use advanced algorithms to intelligently reduce the pool of numbers you pick from while some leverage winning formulas used by repeat winners. While none of them are free, most are moderately priced (some under $3.50/month) and have great testimonials from happy buyers.

We have compiled a shortlist of the best lottery prediction software in the market today and we recommend you check it out.

Lottery Remains a Game of Chance

Luck has always been the most crucial ingredient when it comes to winning lotteries. If you don’t have it, you don’t win. It’s that simple.

Many people have won big at the lottery without having to turn to complex equations or probabilities. They just picked whatever numbers they thought would win.

Heck, some people won by picking the numbers in a fortune cookie! Next time you eat takeout Chinese food and crack open a fortune cookie, don’t immediately dismiss the numbers it recommends. You never know!

Sure, there’s no harm in trying out different ways of narrowing down your choices. And to that end, we have even compiled a list of lottery software that can help you pick your lottery numbers better.

You do, however, have to understand that there is no guarantee of winning if you follow the suggestions of Renato Gianella or Dr. John Haigh.

In the end, there is no way to “cheat” randomness.


  1. Predicting isn’t an easy thing it comes with experience… So as someone new in the lottery world it’s gonna be hard to just predict, that’s why it recommended you understand the game and with time, predicting would be a thing of hobby😊

      1. Regularly playing the lotto games, that’s how you get familiar and understand the game… However, there are chances of luck to win the game the first time or even without knowing deep knowledge of the game..

  2. Although special magic combinations do not exist, there are types of combinations that will be extremely rare in a certain lottery number system and vice versa – more often. Knowing this, you can increase your chances of winning. So, if we take two combinations 1-2-3-4-5 and 2-7-15-23-35 for a lottery in the format, for example, 5 out of 36, then we can intuitively assume that the second combination is more realistic and has a better chance of appearing in the game. The problem is that it is not always possible to intuitively determine which type a particular combination belongs to – often falling out or not so. There is a special tool for this – the so-called Combination Rarity Index. If you need details, here is a youtube video where it is told and shown how it works (unfortunately English is in subtitles only) –

  3. There is no system or strategy that gives you an edge in picking numbers. It might be interesting to play with the lottery calculator software but it doesn’t give you any advantage. Lustig was a fraud trying to sell his methods. There are no predictable patterns.

    I’ll give you an example how people get sucked in.

    When you select your Euro Jackpot Lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than 3 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three odd and two even, or two odd and three even. One of these two patterns will occur in 68 percent of Euro Jackpot lotto drawings. ”

    They don’t mention that the above mentioned combinations are about 2/3 of all possible combinations. If you play randomly then your tickets reflect the same expectancy. It is a game of luck. People who win more than once play a lot and get lucky. There is no secret formula. Some American lotteries have good odds when the jackpot is not won and gets bigger, that’s about It. But then again you have to pay taxes on lottery winnings in America. In some European countries lottery winnings are tax free.

    The balls don’t know that numbers painted on them are “hot” or “cold”.

      1. Hi Cynthia,
        Lottery remains a game of chance but some of the tools above may improve your odds of winning. We wish you the best!


      2. Hi i have tried many times to play lotto numbers unfortunately i didn’t win nothing for very long time now how can i match 3 numbers in a row 1 up to 22

    1. I wish to win lotto ..for better livelihood n future lifestyle ..selfemplyed no house n lot..single mom…with 3kids..god the father blessed me ….n my family❤

    1. I’ve read all the comments on here but I must say THIS. I have found a very simple way of winning at all the games cash3, play 4, pick 5. pick 2. I win about $2500 a week playing the games all together sometimes a lot more. The lottery is a very simple mathematical equation of #’s and I win about 80% of the time . Please. don’t listen to these people when they say its impossible to PLAY and WIN as much as you want. I challenge anyone who can win more than ME! If I told the world how it works the lottery would be gone FOREVER I’m not pushing a marketing scam or software don’t need the attention! But keep working on your algorithms trust me the solution to generate money from the lottery is simple as 1,2,3. If you wanna test me I can turn 10,000 dollars into 100,000 in just 60days. Bring your cameras its gonna be amazing..

  4. The closest I came was to get first three numbers and there it ended, only disadvantage of 3 numbers in South Africa lotto,you win R50 lol

  5. I am developing an app that will accurately predict lotto result. Systematically I have study how this machine work for 25 years now. Every lotto result was putten into account and this research have cost me. At last evidently it is working

    1. Do you really think it will work? If yes how many times hove won the lotto? Because it sound like you have an access of winning. pls your idear can help me to play the lotto, I wish I would have to win and build my house.

  6. There are certain rules that random number generation follows. Randomness ultimately gives order. For example, the random field of gravity creates spherical-shaped planets, moons, and stars. There are no box-shaped or pyramid-shaped objects in space. Quantum theory is based on uncertainty and probability. It’s the height of arrogance to say there are no patterns. There are, if you look hard enough.

    1. @David: ‘Random’ is the total absence of (natural) laws describing a phenomenon. I guess that you’re, kind of, referring to entropy, which is: always going for the optimal energy equalization between multiple systems. There’s is no ‘random field of gravity’. There are Newtonian Laws perfectly describing the interaction between mass and gravity. Quantum physics also follows physics laws, but they’re of a different ‘nature’ than the classic laws. Once again… When you have a law, then no more ‘chance’. Although random is a very real thing, it’s very hard to recreate, precisely due to it being lawless.

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  8. I don’t even fkin know what to say…

    I just wish I had a time machine or I could speak to god so I can find out the numbers.

    1. Keep in mind that God will always give us what we need from his point of view not always what we want. We may think they should be the same but they are not. Some people are better off never playing/winning the lottery. Money does strange and sometimes terrible things to people. Good luck though. 😉

      1. Do you really think it will work? If yes how many times have won the lotto? Because it sound like you have an access of winning. pls your idear can help me to play the lotto, I wish I would have to win and build my house.

  9. Here’s something I found that works. Get out your calculator and multiply the pick 3 draw result by 123456789. The next draw they will pull 1 to 2 numbers of what you got. It’s not gonna make you rich but it’s something u can do to increase your odds a b little bit. Oh yea and it doesn’t work for three of a kind draws for some strange reason.

  10. The best way to beat the lottery is to develop winning strategies:

    1). Spend more money
    2). Choose lottery games with the best risk/reward ratio
    3). Use computerized lottery software
    4). Seek expert analysis
    5). Join lottery pool
    6). Use wheeling tables
    7). Elimination of unlikely combinations
    8). Plus, much, much more

    It’s unfortunate, nevertheless, that some people still hold onto dogmatic views (random selection) about the lottery; but, I suspect they have an ulterior motive in spreading the propaganda against lottery systems and strategies. It’s no wonder U.S. lottery officials are prompt to push the random selection process (Quick Picks)!

    *Note: According to a 1992 study ‘Introduction to Lottery Strategies & Systems’ by Lotto Systems Group the random selection (Quick Pick) process ranked 6th overall @ 52% success rate for lottery selection methods. Hot/Cold number selection process (lotto strategy) did better than the random selection process at @ 57% success rate!

  11. Necesito personas que desen invertir y ganar unos sentavos o a su ves que entiendan de numeros y deseen formar parte de la investigacion de la loteria ya que tengo un metodo que es exacto no falla pero lo quiero pulir mi email es . [email protected]

  12. Power Rankings increased chance of having the right 5 numbers by 20 fold. (Look at site irt last night numbers)
    It also hit other filters (not on site) that set the range for the pick (another 4 fold). Although Powerball was not in the top 7 this time…

    1. I have played lotto too many times with the hope of winning at least 1/4 of each jack pot but l always didn’t get any cent in every draw.l’m about to quit this game it’s clear it’s not for me.l have utilised a lot of strategies but all didn’t work out for me .I’m today broke and in debt …guys becareful out there this game will drain you it’s a game indeed hahaha.

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