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Popular selections

Do you know what impact popular selections have on prizes won?

Among draw games some selections are played more frequently than others. Therefore, playing a popular selection may affect the prize paid out to the holders of such a selection if it is drawn, given that certain prizes are divisible (e.g. Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Québec 49, Québec Max and Extra) and/or limited to a maximum amount (e.g. Banco, Triplex and Astro).

Popular selections are often based on:

  • Series of consecutive numbers
  • Series of numbers with a logical basis (e.g. multiples)
  • Graphic shapes created by the numbers chosen online or at a retailer (see images)
  • Selections that catch the attention of the general public (e.g. the numbers from the TV show Lost)

To illustrate this point, here is an example from the January 30, 2010, Lotto 6/49 draw.

The 7 – 14 – 21 – 28 – 35 – 42 selection was played 824 times in Quebec, making it the most popular selection. Had it been the winning selection for the jackpot ($4 million in this case), ticket holders would have won $1,215 each (assuming that the selection was bet in the same proportion in other provinces, approximately 3,300 times in all).

The most popular selections in Québec for the January 30, 2010, draw were:

7 – 14 – 21 – 28 – 35 – 42 (multiples of 7): 824 wagers
1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 (consecutive numbers): 424 wagers
4 – 8 – 15 – 16 – 23 – 42 (numbers inspired from the popular TV show Lost): 377 wagers

It is important to remember that all selections have the same mathematic probability of being drawn. The way you choose your numbers does not affect your chances of winning, one way or the other. The winning numbers for the different lotteries are all based on chance only.

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