A whopping 28-way sixes

Nov 9, 2004 6:05 AM

Last week we established that the 28way six-spot marked with eight groups of three was far superior to the same ticket marked using eight kings. Are there any other 28-way sixes that might usurp its position? As it turns out there are seven or eight more 28-way sixes available for you to play.

If you mark 20 numbers, and group three groups of three, five groups of two, and one king (3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-1) you will produce a 28-way six. On this ticket you will hit on average, a solid six once every 295 games, and a five out of six about once every 17 games. Not quite as good as the 24 spot (once every 283 and 16 games respectively) but still quite playable.

You may also take the same 20 numbers and group them 4-3-3-3-3-1-1-1-1. This will result in odds for one of about 323 against hitting a solid six, and about 10 for one against a five out of six. Not quite as good as the previous ticket, but not as bad as the king ticket.

The next best 28-way six is marked with 15 numbers, and grouped 3-3-3-2-1-1-1-1. You’ll have to play, on the average 342 games between each solid six hit, and you’ll have to wait 20 games or so for each five out of six.

The worst 28-way six in the bunch is marked with 11 numbers, grouped 4-1-1-1-1-1-1-1. This ticket only hits a solid six once every 464 games! On top of that the average is over 30 games between five out of six hits. This is a ticket to be avoided. Once again, the principle is demonstrated that the MORE numbers you play, the better off you are, and the FEWER numbers you play, the harder it is to hit!




Groups:41111111 33321111 333222221 433331111 33333333


Odds for one against:

6 / 6 463.9 341.9 294.5 322.7 283.2

5 / 6 30.3 20.0 16.8 18.8 15.8

4 / 6 5.0 3.6 3.0 3.3 2.5

3 / 6 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.5 1.3


I have to stress that by playing the best ticket instead of the worst ticket, you have almost double the chance of hitting something with the same bankroll.

Are there any good reasons for playing an inferior ticket? Sure, if you want to play fives or sevens or eights, you can play them on some of these tickets along with your sixes, while you can only play threes, sixes, nines and 12s on the best ticket, the 3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3. The 20-spot ticket 4-3-3-3-3-1-1-1-1 has, along with the 28-way six, a 28-way five that you can play. You’re giving up a little on the six spots but of course you can win much more often on the fives.

Well that’s it for now, good luck, I’ll see you in line!