I think we’ve probably already established I am a geek. So the fact that I look for patterns in six numbers drawn twice a week won’t come as too much of a surprise. But no, you can’t really predict the Lottery numbers and if you came to this blog in the hope that I’d say yes then you’re more gullible than the time my boyfriend told me you could see Norway from Scarborough on a clear day (yes, this did happen… and for a moment I believed him).

You can statistically increase your chances of winning by probability and looking at trends in previously drawn sets of numbers. The odds of you winning the jackpot are about 1 in 14 million but you’ve got a far more realistic chance of winning a tenner – a mere 1 in 55 chance. Now those are my sort of odds. No one can predict which numbers which will win but there are sets of numbers which are more likely to lose and it’s those I want to share with you.

You’re far less likely to win if you play your six numbers from the same set of 10 – 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, for example. As far as I’m aware, no one’s had a jackpot win with 6 numbers from the same set of 10 so there’s little point in trying it.

It’s not advisable to play dates and it’s amazing the amount of people who just use numbers 1-31. If you do play dates then you’re in good company – loads of people do it. What that means is you’re not only missing out on 18 numbers but if you do win, you’ll have to share your jackpot with others. And hands up who wants to win a measly £500,000 when there’s potential for much more?!

Winning numbers are generally spread across the whole field. So if you take the number 25 as being the median, don’t pick all your numbers from 1-25 or from 25-49. Roughly 2 % of lottery draws contain all highs or all lows. So you can greatly increase your chances of winning by choosing a broad spread.

It’s wise not to play consecutive numbers. No lottery draw has had 6 consecutive numbers. I don’t think they’ve even had five. And only about 6 percent of draws have four neighbouring numbers. So space them out. Having said that though, you might be wise to have two numbers next to eachother. Half of the draws contain two consecutive numbers and this strategy will also make it less likely that you’ll have to split your winnings because few people opt for consecutive numbers, believeing that they hardly ever occur. Ha, the fools!

Also, please don’t be a complete tool and use numbers from the previous week either. A massive 42 % of numbers are not repeated in the following draw and 40 % of the time only 1 number is repeated.

I wouldn’t advise playing all odd or all even numbers either because the chances of it happening are very slim. You have a 1.2 % chance of all odd numbers or all even numbers but a massive 35 % chance of 3 odds and 3 evens. In other words you’re 29 times more likely to win if you choose 3 odds and 3 evens over all odds or evens.

I’m no Derren Brown but there are subtle ways of increasing your chances of winning. Perhaps not the jackpot… but will a tenner do?