Life is an adventure and sometimes it is rewarding to explore the ways less taken, to paraphrase the laureate.
So assuming that we know what to achieve when designing a way ticket and tired of the same old ways, how do we contrive a new ticket to play? If our goal is to play eights and fives and fortune smiles upon us, we hope to hit an eight or a five solid or at least a six or seven out of eight!
From past investigations, the best way to play way fives is combining groups of threes and twos. We can also produce an eight by combining two groups of three and one deuce. But there are two schools of thought on what makes a good way ticket.
One produces a field ticket, a ticket with a unique group on it called a field that combines with all or most of the other groups to produce the desired ways. The other produces a balanced ticket, with several different sized groups combining to form the desired ways through much interplay.
A field in normal use is most of the time a larger group than the others on the ticket. In this case we could have a field of four, or 1. Eleven spots, grouped 4-2-2-1-1-1, producing a 7-way-8 and an 8-way-5 is an example of the former. Fifteen spots, grouped 4-4-2-2-2-1 and producing a 7-way-8 and a 5-way-5 is an example of a 1-spot field ticket.
Play the field ticket if the 4 or 1-spot are among your favorite numbers and there’s a hunch they might come up. Just realize how important they are to the ticket. If they fail to come up, your chances of winning anything are exceedingly slim!
Using the threes and twos produces a more balanced attack on the outcome. Since it requires two groups of three to make an eight, we’ll use slightly more groups of threes than twos.
Consider the ticket marked using 13-spots, grouped 3-3-3-2-2. This simple ticket produces both a 6-way-8 and a 6-way-5 – affordable, easy to understand, and keeps all your numbers in action. Each group of three is involved in six of the 12 total ways on the ticket.
Each group of two is involved in six of the 12 total ways. That’s balance!