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Math formula wins $13 M in lottery

lotterydons1pa_228x204MOST of us believe winning lotto is down to the luck of the draw. But a syndicate of university professors and tutors in Britain thought it could also be related to the principles of mathematical probability….

A syndicate of mathematics professors in Britain develop a formula for picking lotto numbers. .. they win $13 million.? … The syndicate then set up a computer program to check the numbers every week.? It took four years and a total outlay of $8700, but on Saturday, the formula succeeded. Matching the winning numbers and the bonus ball, they hit the jackpot. .. The syndicate, made up of 17 staff members at Bradford University and College, bagged the big prize by using two boxes, 49 pieces of paper and a large amount of brainpower.- more

Here is the method they used:

Instead of each member randomly choosing numbers or relying on birthdays and significant dates as they had done this time they came up with an unbeatable formulae. All 49 numbers were written on pieces of paper and placed in one box. Each syndicate member in turn then picked out six numbers, until eight lines were filled, using 48 of the 49 numbers. The remaining number was then used to start a new line by the next syndicate member, who picked from a second box where the pieces of paper already drawn had been placed. As a result each number appeared at least twice in the syndicate’s 17 lines, with four numbers appearing three times. –mailonsunday

The article is misleading. The formula / method they used did not increase their odds. There is always a 1 in 13.98 million chance of winning. You can’t increase those odds because the motion of the balls is random. As one commenter put it:

This is a simple system that anyone could have used. It has no more to do with any ‘mathematical formula’ than sticking your finger up your nose.

Here is the real scoop on lottery math:

In a typical 6/49 game, six numbers are drawn from a range of 49 and if the six numbers on a ticket match the numbers drawn, the ticket holder is a jackpot winner—this is true no matter the order in which the numbers appear. The probability of this happening is 1 in 14 million (13,983,816 to be exact).

Don’t email Dr. Jordan or myself because you think one of us knows a secret formula for increasing your chances of winning the lottery.

273 comments on “Math formula wins $13 M in lottery

  1. LG300G
    May 18, 2011

    Someone I have forgotton to add; my mind works in wonderfully frustrating ways which sometimes leave me confused with an answer, but no process. However, placing importance on the path of the hopscotch has always seemed much more important than is given credit. It really boggles my mind.

    Anywho, I sincerely hope this dartboard of a forum-like website has not met it’s end. That’d just be a shame :/. Also, what’s your idea on “magic bits” Xeno, Cheng? I had a funny in a good way feeling when I stumbled upon this website. Not for the lottery, money or the lulz. However, simply for the sake of information absorption into my funky brain. Show me what you think if you would.

    • Xeno
      May 18, 2011

      The hidden story behind the pause in postings on this site is that I’m working 10 to 14 hour days including weekends trying to finish a project at work. I do want feedback on my song, but being stubborn about waiting until 20 different people leave some kind of comment is giving me extra time every day on that project. Anyway, put your 2 cents in about the song and when enough people have paid that toll, a bunch of new interesting blog entries will appear and blogging will resume daily.

  2. ay
    May 19, 2011

    its really nice to hear this again that you composing song or working on a project and its good that your site is on again.

  3. kay
    May 21, 2011

    Xeno, I really enjoyed reading every comments here but i need your help,please give me hints on this 5 of 90 lotto, please picking of my lotto numbers must come after 845178 years,i must remove the randomness and chaos to use the formula effectively, please my number must not be generated randomely, please help Special one with hints i am making mistakes

    • Xeno
      May 22, 2011

      Hmm, okay. As an experiment I’ll see if I can find the men in the sky who are running this simulation we are in and see if they will have you win the lottery, just for kicks. The difficult part is finding them. I’ve only seen them once in my life in a dream when they accidentally left the sky open. If you see men in white lab coats with clipboards in your dream, ask them to have you win the lottery. I know this sounds totally crazy, but … try it.

  4. kay
    May 23, 2011

    Please does it mean that the formula is not working again? or still okay for 5 of 90 lotto

    • Xeno
      May 23, 2011

      The formula works as well today as it did yesterday. It does not switch off and on.

  5. ay
    June 9, 2011

    Cheng and Xeno can U please help,my result is without those Currency character, please other values are useful, please Will this alone s=k ln W * lottery numbers / g! be good. Please give little hint if I am wrong!

    • Xeno
      June 9, 2011

      If you leave out any part of my formula, it will be 97.3% worthless.

      • Cheng
        June 9, 2011

        You’re far too modest Xeno.

  6. kay
    June 11, 2011

    Please I have tried getting some journal on bolzman and I understand the concept,but law thermody and relationship with gas,however,please can you help me with those x:86:23 and fn t,Euro and yen symbols, please dont judge me,just remember those challenges i told about,people I need to care for and goin to school to study medicine,cant do this cause nobody is there to support.Dad dead and mother old,young ones there please help with hint,will not be proud,please it wont cost you anything, u can mail my box please

    • Xeno
      June 11, 2011

      Winning the lottery is not a plan anyone should have to provide what is needed for survival. The lottery is a game you play when you can afford to lose your money by playing it.

      My recommendation is that you take up a hobby, meet new friends, then barter an arrangement for caregiving while you go to school. Visualize your way to a better life. This has worked for many people. You have imagined the lottery getting you to a better place. Great, but don’t get stuck there. Get some more ideas and keep working on a way!

  7. kay
    June 11, 2011

    okay, i will keep on trying may be one day i will get there but please never say my questions are much,does those values requires programming knowledge,all those yen euro symbols,x:86:23. If it is not compulsory then I believe I will get it one day but if its compulsory to be computer programmer I dont know how difficult it will take to pay for programming course, and one will atleast wants to make money in legitimate way if others are doing wrong things,I cant join because Good name is better than Gold

    • Xeno
      June 11, 2011

      As I have said, if you have to spend any time “figuring out” the formula, then you are wasting your time. Do not try to figure it out. Spend time on things with a better possibility of helping you. The key to intelligence, I believe, is very simple. It is the ability to tell when things are the same or different. This is what I call discernment. It sounds simple, but people make SO many bad choices because they think two things are the same when they are actually different. I do not know your situation, but I recommend you consider all of your alternatives, then pick the one with the most realistic chance for success, then persist until a better plan appears. If you can not discern a good plan from a bad plan, get many different views and do not be quick to reach a decision. I hope this helps. Good luck!

  8. kay
    June 11, 2011

    I know its not a plan one can use and effective means to regularly to achieve means for a week and do long investment that will pay up all bills in future, I have friends but I think most outside country and some here, you sometime afraid to relate with people them not drag you into trouble, sometimes people may think you and your friends are doing fraudulent activities together and you might not know the work people do before relating to them to do petty work for them, its just little hint, please I am sorry if I am too noisy here but you can somebody may be around to help with hint

  9. arjay001
    June 11, 2011

    Hint: (look for the secret word in this post)

    The formula only works when it predicts the future. Preticting the future using math is a life long goal requirering years of study. If your able to master it you don’t need the lottery.

    This sums it up.

    ” The syndicate then set up a computer program to check the numbers every week.? It took four years and a total outlay of $8700, but on Saturday, the formula succeeded. ”

    Looks like way less then 0.5% to me. They had the education, resorces, time and money to make it happen. Did luck have anything to do with it?

  10. adefila
    September 2, 2011

    forget that one if the formular work how do i apply it to forecast premier lotto in nigeria game period

    • Xeno
      September 4, 2011

      There are different ways to utilize the formula. One way is to put in the winning numbers and it will predict if they will win 100% of the time.

  11. taymah
    September 14, 2011

    there are no formulas to the lottery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you guys are full of it!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Dumb American
    October 12, 2011

    how many 100s of other syndicates employed “maths” to win at the lottery? My guess is 14 million divided by 8,700. or about 1,600 synidcates. huh?

  13. Corné
    November 14, 2011

    most people believe the lotto is simple game of luck . do you really think so if this 17 people didn’t tried this method than they wouldn’t had won . i tried a method of maths too with 10 balls .

    once i matched 5 and other time i matched six balls. So ask yourself do you relly thought this is luck . it’s your opinion if you believe it is luck . i don’t freaken care atleast i know it took me hard work to get there to match 5 balls and six balls. So i disprove luck with simple of maths .Goodbye friends.

  14. caralhovosfodam
    January 2, 2012

    you guys are full of shit!

  15. Bayoos
    January 8, 2012

    I need 3direct pls

  16. Bayoos
    January 8, 2012

    I need 3direct pls in 3 places

  17. Jamuna
    February 4, 2012

    I bought The Lotto Black Book Larry Blair … even he promise or guranteed the money back i have not win any and did not gave my money back.

    Stop buying lies from scam be smart guys don’t let anyone fool you.

  18. Twoceez
    March 9, 2012

    I know a formular smack ur self a couple of time’s, the number of times it hurt’s “play those numbers”

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    August 1, 2012

    Very soon this web site will be famous among all blogging users, due to it’s fastidious posts

  20. timi
    December 10, 2012

    can u solve a 5|90 lottrey

  21. Emmanuel
    December 11, 2012

    Hi Xeno

    How do I fix numbers in your formula to get next draw win?.

    • Xeno
      December 11, 2012

      No need to fix them, they already work.

      • Emmanuel
        January 23, 2013

        Hi Xeno

        I always believe that, Every question has an answer. Though I still cannot figure out how to use Xeno’s formula for 5/90 and 8/56 lottery, I believe Xeno can do it. There is NOTHING Called “IMPOSSIBLE” in this world. Bravo Xeno.

        My mail:

  22. Big H (Young Lotto Winner)
    December 21, 2012

    Lol that doesn’t even look like Britain, we use ££ not $$ truth is no one can predict when they will win, it’s all coincidence.

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    I require an expert in this area to solve my problem.
    Maybe that’s you! Looking ahead to peer you.

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    • Xeno
      April 10, 2013

      Dear blog spammer,
      Your algorithm to generate text for “comment spamming” blogs is so bad it is funny. So I left this one up. Such embarrassing inhumanity. This is like building ugly robots and sending them door to door to sell things. I don’t even want good looking robots at my door. The comments on this blog are for humans with thoughts about the content, not for getting a link to your web site injected into a high traffic blog. No soliciting. All day every day I enforce this policy by monitoring and deleting fake comments.

      I’ve removed your spam link [] and replaced it with duckduckgo, a search engine that claims to not track users.

  25. Eti
    May 18, 2013

    Hi great Xeno, I found your formula too weird because I applied it in 5/90 games and got a near outcomes, would you permit me to work with you. Please reply.


  26. JOe B
    May 20, 2013

    The lottery is not pure chance as some would suggest. Each ball is unique and because of this one is more likely to come out of the chute. Also, you can use past history of winning numbers provided the balls are never changed to get a better idea as to what numbers will come up. There are other behaviors to examine. For instance in the Powerball (united States) very seldom does the power ball match with any of the winning numbers. I believe developing a formula that incorporates recent history of three to six months and including other factors such as what group of numbers (1, 10s, 20s, 30s 40s, 50s) tend to win more often along with other behaviors would lead to more likelihood of a win. When I was young (10 – 12 years old) I used to go to the carnival and play the “Spin the Wheel” I was oftentimes a winner because I would track the way the man spun the wheel where it landed and where it landed on the next spin. In my mind I would determine based on distance where the wheel would land next time. I would watch for about 10 minutes before I would actually play, always examining where the spin landed while also taking note of a reverse spin or other odd behavior. Also, it was important that I remained inconspicuous as you don’t want to make the guy spinning the wheel to get nervous or change his routine.

  27. Emmanuel Anderson.
    May 22, 2013

    Hi Xeno,

    Many thanks to you for such web site; can you please tell me the next five numbers after these 49-7-66-26-69 in 5/90 lotto?.

    • Xeno
      May 22, 2013

      Of course. Will I? No. Money should be earned with hard work you do for the greatest possible good of your community, not just given away.

      • Emmanuel Anderson
        May 28, 2013

        The next winning numbers were drown some weeks ago; I just want to know how your system can truly work on that.To be frank,the next winning has already come up. I just want to compare.Please Xeno.

      • Xeno
        May 28, 2013

        Oh, then it is even easier to use the formula: just solve for the numbers you already know using a true random function in reverse.

  28. Miguel Florentino
    July 31, 2013

    I am Miguel Florentino from New Mexico do not follow the tips all the lottery winner tell you they use cause it a big lie, cause the secret is spiritual voodoo. I was introduced to this spiritual voodoo priest called Dr. Soula and i was told he can help win the lottery I never believe it cause the distance where he satay is very far, He is from Africa and i see no reason to believe that this really but my friend out of alot of debt i still have to do it so as to pay back and sort out bills. I contacted him and he assure me just three days i but a ticket from a shop and played after he has cast a spell on the number i sent him. I was in my house when i was watching the result and my name was among winners i have been doing this for years and i never won but Dr. Soula prove it to me the voodoo works. I won $30,000 but the problem i have was that you can only use the spell once if not i would have order another spell to play for millions. This is the secret to success do not be deceive by online tips is the only answer you need

  29. Blaytanoe
    August 18, 2013

    Please help me to get three numbers for Ghana national lotto game . 5/90 lottogame

  30. Bob
    October 10, 2015

    You are an excellent troller, listing theories to back up your outlandish claims.

  31. Foralaugh
    January 3, 2016

    Xeno. The ability to discern when things are same or different. Very true. I have a winning formula and still it cuts down the changes of winning from in the 9 million odd or something to in the one hundred thousand odd. Must remember the result when flipping a coin
    People should serve their community and not be told things for free.
    I really enjoyed the hunt for a formula and it probably took me 24hrs all up to find it. I wonder if it’s a skill I could use to better serve my community? Do u know. PS Me thinks u have not got a formula at all!

  32. Mina
    January 18, 2016

    Xeno are you Dr.John? both have the same image. Anyway I am not interested in a get rich quick method as many are(no offense to previous posts, it’s just my opinion that education is the way to go for stability). I am purely interested in physical science and theories of matter etc. I am curious if you are working on other projects and If I can aid in research as I am always interested in research as a hobby. I am also interested in building my skills with programs like Octave,Python,MAtlab etc. Currently I am using MIT opencourseware to learn python.via Intro to computer science and programming. happy to discuss my CV there is interest to work with you or other scientists.

    That being said I commend the fact that you managed to get people interested in Science and Math. People are frantically googling and learning about theories that are only second to Einstein and learning Linear Algebra. Well done!

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