Poker Stuff For That Special Occasion

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Secret Powerball Patterns - Improve Your Odds of Winning The Powerball

Are there really Secret Powerball Patterns? Yes, but most people will never find them, because they are looking for the wrong thing. Most people look for patterns in the Powerball numbers themselves; if there are patterns, then no-one has found them yet. Where you can find Powerball patterns is in the type of Powerball result. As an example, let us look at Consecutive numbers. Here are the Results (Both in theory and what actually happened) of analyzing 100 Powerball Draws to May 2010.

Of the 100 draws, 70 Powerball results had no consecutive numbers; this is exactly in line with what statistical analysis suggests should happen (although a variance of 2-3 draws above or below this would be more normal behavior for the actual results).

Compare this with tossing a coin. Common sense, as well as statistics, tell us there is a 50-50 chance of heads or tails.

For Powerball results, there is a 70-30 chance that the result will have no consecutive numbers.

This is a Powerball Pattern that has some degree of predictability. It is better than the coin toss odds of 50-50. But there is a further twist. If you record the results and observe a bias towards results WITH consecutives, then it is only a matter of time before the results start a bias back towards the 70-30 statistical norm.

Is this born out in actual Powerball results? Well, on two occasions during the 100 draws there were three draws in a row without a result having "no consecutive numbers"; in other words, three draws was the longest you ever had to wait for a "no consecutive numbers" result. In most cases it was just one draw.

But, there is second twist. The second most common Powerball result is "Only Two Consecutive Numbers." In our 100 test draws, 26 results had two consecutives, against a statistical expectation of 27 results.

Looking at these two factors together for our 100 Powerball draws, 96 ended in either no consecutive numbers or just two.

Look at it this way - nine weeks out of ten you can expect the winning Powerball numbers to either have no consecutive numbers or only two. That is a Powerball Pattern worth knowing.

Now I am not saying that you can not have three consecutives in the winning numbers - but that is the 3% zone. Negative people who want to run down scientific methods of playing Powerball are quick to point out that four consecutives CAN come out. That's true - But ONCE in 100 draws? I can live with that kind of failure rate.

So my recommendation is, Play these Game-Types Only:

All Non-Consecutive numbers Only Two Consecutive numbers