For the lotto. In Canada we have what's called Lotto Max, every Tuesday and Friday. Pick 7 of 7 numbers correctly and win. Numbers range from 1-50. I always let the OLG(Ontario Lottery & Gaming) in-store computer pick my numbers . 3 tickets cost $5. No one has won for a few draws so it's up over $70 million for 1st prize right now.

I was watching something on Netflix a few weeks ago and they were talking about Benford's Law(see below). The digit 1 appears more often than any other, followed by 2 and so on. Actually a lot more complicated/involved than that. So I wondered if I could apply this to picking my own numbers for Lotto Max. Worked out that the digits 1-4 appear equally more often than any other, followed by 5, then the others (0 + 6 to 9 equally lowest) . For instance the number 14 would be two digits in the 1-4 range. So I thought I could fill in my own game sheet just using numbers with the most common digits.

It seems the OLG is on to this. As I mentioned, you get 3 sets of 7 numbers for $5. You can fill out a game sheet but only allowed one set of your 7 picks and the computer generates the other 2. I call BS and I think most people who play are unaware of digit frequency in 1-50 range. I suppose there is a chance the OLG isn't aware and perhaps I should find one of the private lottery sites and let them know. Why we can't pick all 3 of our own 7 number sets seems very strange to me. Intentionally disallowing it should be against the law IMO.

I even went back over the last hundred draws just to prove I'm right.... no doubt about it, thats the way the digits fall. If you take the numbers 1-50 then digits 1,2,3 & 4 appear 14 times each(15 times counting doubles), 5 appears 6 times, 0 & digits 6-9 appear 5 times each. In fact, when I checked results over last year, the digits 1 thru 4 appeared 64% of the time covering all the draws.

*0 (zero) only used for numbers 10,20,30,40,50 not 01, 02, etc.

From Wiki:Benford's law, also called the Newcomb–Benford law, thelaw of anomalous numbers, or the first-digitlaw, is an observation about the frequency distribution of leading digits in many real-life sets of numerical data