Consecutive Numbers Land Jackpot
The midweek Lotto jackpot, which had rolled over twice previously and had a final value of £11,033,367, was landed by three winning tickets which included four consecutive numbers among their selections. The Lotto results for Wednesday 24 August were 11, 27, 46, 47, 48 and 49, and the Bonus Ball was 42. Now some people might look at those results and ask themselves what the odds of four consecutive numbers appearing are, but the answer to such a question is simple: the odds are exactly the same as they are for any other combination of numbers – namely 1 in 13,983,816.
It is natural for players to notice consecutive numbers more than they do non-consecutives because the human brain is designed to recognise patterns wherever possible. However, that pattern-recognition trait doesn’t actually make any combination of numbers more significant than any other from a statistical perspective – it’s simply an interesting occurrence.
For the owners of the three tickets which matched the six main numbers, it is also a very profitable occurrence. Each jackpot-winning ticket has effectively won just over £3.67 million, and there were plenty of other winners at the second-tier prize level and below. Three tickets won £323,807 each by matching five of the six main numbers plus the Bonus Ball and players who matched five, four or three main numbers won prizes worth £2,010, £74 and £10 each, respectively.
The jackpot for the next Lotto draw this Saturday 27 August has now been reset and will be worth around £4.2 million, which is good news for anyone who fancies having a second bite at the cherry. However, before we get to that game we have a massive multi-rollover EuroMillions jackpot to play for on Friday. The EuroMillions jackpot is estimated to be worth around £77 million, so if you win that then you probably won’t give a hoot about what happens in the next Lotto game! Grab your lottery tickets here and good luck!
Written by Ian BruceThursday 25th August 2011
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