Throughout the history of the Pick 4 Lottery players worldwide have searched for lottery systems that would predict future winning numbers. The basic goal for Pick 4 lottery players is to correctly calculate ahead of time the next four digits in exact order that will be drawn in the next few drawings. The winning Pick 4 numbers in exact order range from 0000 to 9999 for 10,000 numbers to pick from.

The drawing process creates these four digits into a composite winning Pick 4 number by the traditional ball and container method or with computer generated numbers. Drawn one digit at a time, the four individual digits drawn produce the winning number such as 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. In most Pick 4 Lotteries the payoff is a set amount of money. In the United States the majority of these lotteries set the payoff for one $1.00 Straight Ticket for correctly matching the order of the four digits at $5,000. There is also the box ticket option that allows the player to win by matching the winning Pick 4 number in ANY ORDER.

For years many players have depended on filters to help them choose their winning numbers to play. The belief is that past performances help players to choose the digits that make up the next winning Pick 4 number. The usual old standard filters most Pick 4 lottery systems offer lottery players rely on hot numbers (digits), cold numbers (digits), and overdue numbers (digits). By searching through the previous drawn Pick 4 numbers over a predetermined amount of drawings lottery players sort the individual digits into these three categories depending upon how often they have been drawn or not.

The “**hot” **digits (0 – 9) have been drawn the most number of times during the given number of predetermined draws selected. The “**cold” **digits have been drawn a lesser amount of times. The “**overdue” **digits have been drawn the least amount of times or not at all during the selected amount of drawings. Next, the player or computer counts and sorts the digits into each of these defined categories from the data that was entered into the program.

Pick 4 lottery systems on the internet either provide this process at no cost or the Pick 4 player can purchase the software program that produces the results based on these three categories.

On November 1, 2010, I decided to take advantage of one free program offered by one of the lottery websites for the Illinois Pick 4 Lottery – one for the midday drawing and one for the evening drawing. My goal was to test this lottery system for its ability to produce winning Pick 4 numbers. The free program used the simplest very basic filters of hot numbers, cold numbers, and overdue numbers. I selected one 50-draw sample for each of the midday and evening Illinois Pick 4 Lottery drawings. This represented drawings from September 13, 2010 through Monday, November 1, 2010. My plan was to test the results for the next 30 day drawings.

For the **Midday drawings** the computer gave me the following – the **top three hot numbers **were **9, 1, **and **6**; the **top three cold numbers **were **4, 8, **and** 2**; and the **top three overdue numbers** were** 0, 8, **and **4**. The computer then processed all this information and gave me the ten computer generated combination’s that I had requested for play in the midday Illinois Pick 4 Lottery drawings.

Similarly, the evening drawing results were – the **top three hot numbers** were **6, 3, **and **2**; the **top three cold numbers **were **4, 0, **and **5**; and the **top three overdue numbers **were** 4, 2, **and** 8**. Likewise the computer produced ten combination’s for me to play over the next thirty day drawings.

In any case, by using these filters there is a real likelihood that the computer system eliminates digits (0 – 9) from your play list by collecting the top three digits in each of the three categories. In the best possible scenario, the lottery system would eliminate only one digit. The most likely reality is that three of the ten digits will be eliminated from your play list. In the** midday drawings** **3, 5, **and** 7 **were **eliminated**. In the **e****vening drawings 1, 7, **and** 9 **were** eliminated.**

Rarely does the lottery system mention the eliminated digits, nor does the Pick 4 player think about the eliminated digits. It is just an acceptable part of the process. On December 2, 2010, I went back to check the results for the last 30 day drawings for the midday and evening Illinois Pick 4 Lottery. The results were a complete failure. There were **zero winners**.

But here was the shocker-in each of the midday and evening drawings 80 percent of the winning numbers became an “automatic loser” for the Pick 4 player because they contained one or more of the eliminated digits from each group. Twenty-four out of thirty drawn numbers became an automatic loser as soon as one of the eliminated digits was drawn. The player was only playing at 20 percent capacity to become a winner at this point and time. It doesn’t make any difference what lottery system the player would use because it is all based on the same inserted information, namely the numbers of the previous fifty draws, the summation of the results based on the three filters of hot numbers, cold numbers, and overdue numbers.

What Pick 4 players might not realize is that for each eliminated digit from their Pick 4 play, they **eliminate 1152 possible winning straight orders** from the 10,000 total winning numbers. In each of these cases this number has to be multiplied by 3. Now you have 3456 automatic losers to begin with.

When Pick 4 players use these filters, no matter how many draws are involved and no matter how many numbers players request to play…. is it a success or failure if the player automatically eliminates over one third of all possible winning Pick 4 numbers? Should players find a Pick 4 lottery system that doesn’t eliminate any numbers at all? Do Pick 4 lottery systems with filters such as hot, cold, and overdue numbers guarantee success or failure for Pick 4 players?

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