Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Lottery Expert Gail Howard was the pioneer of scientific lottery strategy in the USA, internationally recognized as the creator of the most successful lottery systems used in the world: Smart Luck.

SmartLuck, Inc. is excited to bring you our new Lottery Blog. We hope you will find it a fun and easy way to be the first to know about:

  • lotto game changes
  • high jackpots, lottery winner stories, and other lottery news
  • insider tips and free strategies for winning the lottery
  • update notices for our software and books
  • and more!

NY Take 5 Jackpot Winner!

Although we are very delayed in posting about one of our jackpot winners, we would like to congratulate our customer, Terry Simmons, for his 2016 Christmas Eve jackpot win in the New York Take 5 lotto game! Thank you for sharing your story with us Terry!

Read Terry Simmon’s Jackpot Winner Story!

This win officially takes the Smart Luck winner count to 108 winners for a total of $101,865,192! If you have won with Smart Luck systems, please let us know so we can add you to our jackpot winners club!

How are Smart Picks calculated?

We have had some interest in how the Advantage Gold Smart Pick lotto numbers are determined, especially because they are not always the same as the old Advantage Plus software. We have tried to improve our lotto number selection methods for Smart Pick calculations in the new software so you have better odds of winning more lottery prizes. Because we try to give you as much control as possible, you still have the option to use the old methods.

Chart 3 – Quick Stats and Chart 7 – Hit Charts are a couple of the popular Advantage Gold charts that offer automatic Smart Picks to help you quickly and easily choose better lotto numbers to play.

ABOUT SMARTPICK CALCULATIONS FOR CHART 3: QUICK STATS

Our older Advantage Plus software used the ratio of current out divided by average skips. A single number out for a very long time would make the average for that number much higher than would be useful. To avoid skewed results, Advantage Gold instead divides by median skips, which are not as sensitive to a single big number.

We know that many of our users would prefer to keep the same method as used by Advantage Plus, so the choice of how we do this is up to the user. In Advantage Gold, the default is the new way. However, the user can easily switch to the method of their choice by using the right-click menu on chart 3: right-click on the chart and select either “Use Out/Med” or “Use Out/Avg (original)“.

DEFINITIONS

  • Expected = (Draw Size * number of drawings used) / poolsize
  • HitRatio = total hits / expected * 100 so it shows as a percentage
  • MidRatio = middle hit ratio for the sorted HitRatio table.
  • testDivisor = (Average Skips) or (Median Skips) based on chart 3 setting

HOW CHART 3 – QUICK STATS SMARTPICKS ARE CHOSEN

Arranges lotto numbers in order from highest to lowest by out/avg or out/med.

For each number in this sorted list, the number is a Smart Pick if:

  1. (current Out/testDivisor) is greater than .4 {the upper 60%}
  2. HitRatio > MidRatio {hit ratio is in the upper half}
  3. No more than three hits in the last 5 games. This tends to produce more correct hits when the range of drawings is limited. It seems the more drawings are included, the less effective these are.

HOW CHART 7 HIT CHARTS SMARTPICKS ARE CHOSEN

To select Smart Pick setting: Right click on chart 7 and check or uncheck “Use A+ Original picks”.

Advantage Plus “original” picks

For each number, the number is a Smart Pick if:

  1. Number is out 1 to 9 drawings
  2. Number of hits is less than 1/3rd of the smallest group drawings

Advantage Gold new method picks

AvgRatio = average of middle two ratios for this number

For each number, the number is a Smart Pick if:

  1. AvgRatio is at least as big as the ratio in the rightmost column
  2. No more than 3 hits in last five drawings

This lotto chart is sensitive to the group sizes used, but not the total range setting as long as the middle two column group sizes are reasonably small. If you use the default settings, it often produces reasonable Smart Picks.

More about Advantage Gold lottery software

News about Canada Lotto Max Game Files

We have recently had several questions from customers concerned that the Canada Lotto Max files have been corrupted because they now include some drawings that do not have bonus numbers, but instead have a ballset listed. We apologize for the confusion, but this is not a mistake. We changed the files to include the extra (called “Maxmillions” for Lotto Max) drawings results due to some customers wanting to strategize with those results included.

The affected files include:

  • Canada Lotto Max (can0749.slh)
  • Quebec Max (can0749q.slh)
  • Western Max (can0749w.slh)

We have designated ballset numbers for those extra drawings to keep them in draw order. Because of the ballsets, you can easily separate these drawings if you want to. If you do not want to use these maxmillions drawings in your calculations, use History View Filter – Chart O, go to Ballsets, and select “none”. You can clear the filter setting at any time.

Don’t forget, you can use History View Filters for any game! See more about this great feature here.

About MAXMILLIONS

When the LOTTO MAX Jackpot reaches above $50 million, additional MAXMILLIONS draws will occur with prizes of $1 million each. MAXMILLIONS and the prize money will increase until the jackpot reaches $60 million. At that point, only MAXMILLIONS can grow. That means each combination of numbers on your ticket will have more chances to win. All of your tickets can be compared to all sets of MAXMILLIONS numbers for that draw. To win or share a MAXMILLIONS prize, you must exactly match all seven numbers on one line of your ticket; there are no smaller prizes.

QUEBEC MAX and WESTERN MAX have 7 additional $1 million prize drawings.

Australia The Pools GAME ENDED

Australia’s The Pools game was withdrawn from the Australian Lottery Market. The last result was posted on June 23, 2018.

The Pools was Australia’s only lottery which used the outcome of soccer matches played across Europe and Australia instead of a machine to draw lotto numbers. The 6 highest scoring drawn soccer matches determined the 6 winning numbers, with the 7th highest drawn match becoming the bonus number.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery Country: Australia
  • Name of Game: The Pools
  • Game Format: 6/38 + B
  • Change: Game Ended
  • Date Ended: June 23, 2018

Find out about other Australia Lotto Games

Republic of South Africa Powerball GAME CHANGE

Powerball (and Powerball Plus) in the Republic of South Africa has changed number format to add 5 more balls to the number-field. It is now a 5/50+1/20 game (previously 5/45 + 1/20). On June 16, 2018, the first drawing under the new format was held. The odds of winning the game are up to one in 42,375,200.

We have started new game files for this game and Powerball Plus, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game files will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game files. Our software will work the same with the new files as they did with the old files. You will just need to wait a few months for more drawings to build up with the new format in order for the medium and long-term trend charts to be useful. Wheel Five Gold will still work using any wheel with 50 or fewer total numbers.

Game Change Stats

How to use Smart Luck lotto software on an OSx (apple computers)

How to set up a Mac OS-X (MacBook or IMac) computer to run Smartluck lotto software.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • MacBook or iMac running OS-X
  • Virtual Machine software – about $70*
  • Licensed Copy of Windows 10 – about $100*
  • Smart Luck software (Advantage Gold, Wheel Gold, etc.)

Although Smart Luck lottery strategy and wheeling software was designed for Windows PC’s and there is no Macintosh version of the programs, you can still install our software on a mac with the use of a Virtual Machine running Windows.

Modern Mac computers use the same Intel chips that are used in PC’s. This is not true for IPad’s and other tablets which typically use very different CPU’s. Because of this it is possible to use Virtual Machine (vm) software to install and run other operating systems on the same computer and switch between them with just a click – no re-boot required. Each vm is completely self contained and does not interfere with any other vm’s or the host machine (the Mac where the vm software is installed). Virtual Machines are like having multiple computers in one.

PARALLELS is the best virtual machine software for OS-X. Parallels Desktop for Mac is available for about $70* from Amazon.com and can be downloaded and installed on your Mac immediately after you place your order. When you open it in your Mac, it will ask for a source for an operating system to install.

Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter) is also available from Amazon.com for about $100*. Windows 10 Home is all that is required. Once you have purchased a license, you can actually download an ISO file for windows and install it into a vm from that file.

Once everything is set up, whichever operating system is showing is the one that is active, and you can switch between them with a multi-finger slide gesture to drag the windows back and forth.

* All prices shown here are accurate as of the date of this post and may change at any time. Visit amazon.com for current prices.

Note: We cannot guarantee that we can offer support for installing our software on a Mac.

Italy MillionDay 5/55 lotto NEW GAME

We are now tracking Italy’s MillionDay lottery game, so you can download our history file to create charts to pick your numbers with Advantage Gold lotto software. Use pick-5 wheels for this game from Wheel Five Gold.

Italy MillionDay is a daily pick-five game that began in February 2018. To play the game, choose 5 numbers from 1-55. The game costs €1 per play and drawings are held every night. The odds of winning the game are one in 3,478,761.

New Game Stats

Australia Powerball GAME CHANGE

Australia Powerball has changed format again. Once a pick-5+pick-1 game and then a pick-6+pick-1 game, it is now a pick-7+pick-1 game. On April 19, 2018, the first drawing under the new format was held. The odds of winning the game are up to one in 134,490,400. The former 6/40+1/20 game had odds of one in 76,767,600.

We have started new game files for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game files will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game files. Our software will work the same with these new files as they did with the old files. You will just need to wait a few months for more drawings to build up with the new format in order for the medium and long-term trend charts to be useful. Wheel Six Gold will still work, but you will need to choose pick-7 wheels instead of pick-6.

Game Change Stats

Lotto America NEW GAME

After the end of the Hot Lotto game, a new multi-state Powerball type lottery has taken its place. Lotto America is the new game which began on November 15, 2017.

To play the game, choose 5 numbers from 1-52 and one Star number from 1-10. The game costs $1 per play and drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday. The odds of winning the game are one in 25,989,600.

Game Change Stats

You can play Lotto America in the following states:

  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Mega Millions GAME CHANGES

Mega Millions changed number format on October 31, 2017. The old 5/75+1/15 number field has been updated to 5/70+1/25. The odds of winning Mega Millions are now one in 302,575,350 (up from previous odds of one in 258,890,850). The jackpot now starts at $40,000 (up from $15,000 in the old format). The price has also increased to $2 for a single play. All of these changes make Mega Millions more comparable to Powerball, at the same cost per ticket, starting jackpot, and high odds which will lead to more roll overs and more large jackpots.

We have started new game files for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game files will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game files. Our software will work the same with these new files as they did with the old files. You will just need to wait a few months for more drawings to build up with the new format in order for the medium and long-term trend charts to be useful. Pick-5 lotto wheels will still work for this game (any wheel of 70 or fewer total numbers).

Game Change Stats