If you’re like most people, you think that the lottery numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6 have never been drawn. Not only that, they will never be drawn in the future. That’s because it’s impossible. Or is it?
Why has 1-2-3-4-5-6 never been drawn by any lottery? The simple answer is that the odds are astronomical. The odds of any sequence of numbers being drawn in a 6/49 lottery are approximately 1-in-14-million. So, those numbers have the exact same odds as any other sequence of numbers like, say, 7-12-21-30-41-49. The problem is that the first set of numbers are very memorable and the second set are not because they look like the usual sequence of numbers.
What happens is that the human mind tends to see patterns where there are none. Because the numbers 7-12-21-30-41-49 look like numbers that are usually drawn, they look normal. Yet, those numbers, probably, have never been drawn and, probably, never will, just like 1-2-3-4-5-6.
As an experiment, I’ve checked those exact same numbers against previous 6/49 results in Canada, a lottery that’s been drawing twice per week for over 25 years – That’s more than 2600 draws. You can do the same here. With both sets of numbers, the most matched was four. And, guess what? It happened with both sets of numbers the exact same number of times twice. So, if you played both sets of numbers every week for 25 years, you’d win approximately the same amount. Now, on one of those draws, the numbers drawn were 1-2-3-4-13-48; that happened on July 8, 1992. That’s pretty close to actually hitting it, don’t you think?
The point is that any set of numbers in the lottery, no matter what, have the exact same chances of winning the jackpot, no matter what the perceived patterns in your mind tell you.