Friday, November 19, 2010

Lotto winners by the numbers

Using available data from PCSO covering the lotto (6/42, 6/45, 6/49, and 6/55) draws from January 2, 2002 to November 19, 2010:
  • Number of draws - 3,039.
  • Number of draws jackpot was won - 649.
  • Number of jackpot winners - 908.
  • Number of times with more than 1 jackpot winner - 171.
  • Biggest jackpot won -PhP 347,836,903.20 (shared by 2 winners on Feb 22, 2009)
  • Smallest jackpot won - PhP 3,000,000 (2 times)
  • Most number of winners in a draw - 21 (they shared the PhP 4,748,265 jackpot on Feb 27, 2007)

These numbers suggest that during GMA's term, Filipinos steadily learned how to predict lotto winners. From 55 winners in 2002 winning an average of close to PhP 23 million jackpot, the number of winners grew to a high of 160 in 2007, averaging just over PhP12 million in jackpot. The number of jackpot winners in the last 6 months of GMA equals the total for the year 2003.

This means there is an unsung GMA legacy. There were clearly more lotto winners under her. The numbers do not indicate that there are more bettors. Conspiracy theorists smell a stink and they have other theories.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:24 AM

    I read somewhere that one theory behind the alleged lotto scam is what they do is they check the mainframe of what number hasn't been bet on or only a few number of people bet on then they bet on that number. after which they would manipulate the balls that go into the draw. during the auditing of the balls only the weight is measured but not the actual size. what if they rigged the winning balls smaller than the rest (a few mm is all it takes), that only these balls can fit the tube.

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  2. Anonymous3:51 PM

    The claim that only the winning balls fit the tube can be refuted by showing all the balls pass down the same tube where they are drawn up.

    It would be easier to manipulate the server by resetting the time after the draw, and then placing a bet composed of the winning numbers. Thus, producing a winning ticket. Then reset the time back again. Of course, that will be shared with true winner(s). Could that be why there are many multiple winners?

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