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Here's what you should be doing if you want to win the lottery

Órla Molloy and Neasa Early from Drogheda have looked into patterns surrounding number repetition.

WOULDN’T IT BE amazing to win the lottery?

How many of us can deny that the thought of it enters our heads on a semi-regular basis?

At this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition, a project on display by a couple of of young scientists comes up with a few suggestions for anyone looking to hit the jackpot.

Órla Molloy and Neasa Early from Our Ladys College in Drogheda, Co Louth came up with the idea of looking at number patterns in the National Lottery after the contract for its operation went out to tender last year.


Play in the spring and autumn 

As part of the results the pair found that the jackpot for the lottery peaks in the spring and autumn when compared to other times of the year. They speculated that this could be down to people not having the financial pressure of either Christmas or summer holidays to worry about.

Bunch your numbers 

It was also seen that two consecutive digits appeared in the winning six numbers 65.5% of the time – with three numbers in a row appearing 6.3% of the time.

So bunching your numbers is worth bearing in mind when aiming for the jackpot.

High or low?

The study also found that lower numbers (from 1 to 22) came up more frequently that higher numbers (24 to 45). However, this was not shown to have had such a strong effect as to be notable, and its occurance was deemed to have “happened by chance”.

Here are the two young scientists explaining their work…

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