When researching any subject, we know it’s a good idea to get as much data as possible. Small data sets can result in unusual outcomes which may be inconsistent with more data.

With lotto analysis, the methodology can be a little different.

**Lotto Results And Large Data Sets**

We know that in lotto draws all numbers have equal odds of being drawn. For example, the following two outcomes are equally feasible.

3, 12, 15, 21, 27, 35

In probability theory we know that all combinations are possible give enough time.

In terms of researching lotto draws it means too much data can result in misleading results. This is because eventually every pattern and combination will feature in the analysis if the data sample is too large.

Instead, irish lotto results researchers can focus on the timeless strategy of “think global, act local.” One way of implementing this strategy is to consider numerical patterns that should occur over longer time periods and try to connect them with patterns over the shorter term.

For example, prime numbers make up 30% of the numbers between 1 and 40, so each lotto draw should feature at least two or three primes. But if the last draw has resulted in only a single prime, it might indicate more are likely in the next draw.

**Converging Lotto Probability Outcomes**

What can make the difference is the convergence of high probability outcomes featuring both global and local patterns. The following local patterns might be considered favourable for future lotto draws.

- Low number of primes
- More than 50% odd or even numbers
- Lower representation across all decile ranges

When the local pattern is compared to the overall probability, it’s possible an opportunity exists to increase the chances of a lotto win.

**Implementing A Lotto Strategy Based On Local Patterns**

Although the convergence of these local patterns is not unusual, many lotto players will not realise their significance. What it can mean is that lotto numbers can be generated with a much lower investment. In other words, all the likely combinations can be covered in fewer lines costing less money.

Where a large data set is important is in testing ideas and strategies. If you’ve been following a local lotto game, try generating some numbers based on the patterns you’ve observed in previous games and see how many lines it takes to get a good result.

**Summary**

It makes sense to have as much data as possible when researching any issue. But with lotto results, too much data can mean inconclusive results. This article has introduced the concepts of small data sets and the convergence of local and global probabilities.

A. Lewis Gibson is a long time student of number systems and trends. An experienced Excel and VBA programmer, he develops modules for those interested in creating their own lotto systems. He can be contacted via his two websites.