50 vs 54 Balls Again - The Commission Has Balls!
April 2000 - Since we are in the midst of fighting our case to stop the Commission from adding 4 balls again, which makes winning the Lotto harder, this page is not being kept up. All of my latest news can be found by clicking here.
March 16, 2000 - Can you believe it? They are trying to add four balls again.
Lowering the Minimum Jackpot to $3 Million?
March 2, 2000. At 7:30 pm last night, I finished getting the new Lotto Reports out to all the stores. When delivery times comes around for me, I am very hard to catch and can't do anything else!
All Balls Are Back!
Saturday, February 5: The TLC has completed the task of having all the balls weighed and are using the same balls as they originally were. For Lotto Texas, they have ball sets 3 & 4 (orignially named G& H) in reserve. This means they are using ball sets 1, 2, 5, 6 (E, F, I , J). For the Cash 5, ball set 6 (F) is in reserve. They are using ball sets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (A, B, C, D, E). For the Pick3, they have placed ball sets 3, 4 & 9 in reserve which means they are using ball sets 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12.
My House Flooded
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000. Just a note to tell you that my house flooded last week and I've got a big mess here at home. This is why this page has not been updated. To make matters worse, this next week, not only does the new
Cash 5 Balls Rotated
On January 17, 2000, the TLC placed Cash 5 ball set 2 (original name B) back into rotation but pulled ball set 3 (original name C). The balls are being weighed and will be out approximately one week!
Lotto Balls Rotated
On January 12, 2000, the TLC pulled ball sets 1 & 2, originally called E & F, and placed 3 & 4, originally called G & H back in. So, for now, they are using ball sets 3, 4, 5, 6, or G, H, I, & J.
Pick3 and Cash 5 Balls Rotated
On January 10, 2000, the TLC pulled Cash 5 ball set 2 (original name B) and placed ball set 6 (original name F) into rotation. While ball set 6 or F was bought at the time the game initially began, it has never been used. It had always been kept in reserve until now.
Also on January 10, the TLC placed Pick3 balls 1,7 & 10 in reserve and placed 3, 4 & 9 in rotation. This is due to "weighing the balls." The TLC replaced all ball sets and machines for the Pick3 on November 1, 1999.
A Nice Thank-You Note Coupled With Success!
1-9-00 - This is my first time to visit your web site as I am new to the internet but I wanted to tell you I really appreciate you and all the hard work you do for those of us that play the lottery games. I have won 4 of 5 about nine times but still no cigar. I credit a lot of my success to the info that I find in your report coupled with my Gail Howard wheel software. I haven't had much success with the lotto yet, only hitting 4 of 6 a few times, but I am like Lotto Charlie. I know I'm gonna win the lotto, but it will take a lot of luck, hard work, and your report to get it done. That is why I wanted to tell you thanks for your efforts on our behalf and when I do hit the big one, I will certainly remember you for it, so keep up the good work and maybe we will all be rich before long. Sincerely, Tommy C. (Thank you for taking the time to write me. I'm posting your message for every one to read because you tell about your winnings.)
Results From the Playslips I Filled Out
Updated again on 1-16-00 -
I will also be posting proof on my "How to Choose Your Lotto Numbers Page" under the "I'd Have Money in My Pocket If Only..." I'll give you a link so you can get there from here. Just click here.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Dec. 25, 1999 - I've got some interesting things to tell you but not enough time to do it today. The past couple of weeks have really been hectic for me but I promise I'll get caught up with my site next week. I've had a number of emails that I have not had time to answer or post but I will soon. My apologies for the delays. Til then, everyone, please, have a safe and happy holiday.
You'll Never Believe What I've Done!
12-11-99 - Last week I received a fax from a fellow player. Because of the nature of his comments in his letter to me, I felt it would easier for me to call him than to write. So I called. During our conversation he explained to me that he ran a pool with only close friends and that they usually bought $400 in Quick Picks when they played the Lotto. As you can probably imagine, I nearly had heart failure when he told me that because I couldn't believe I was talking to someone who would buy all Quick Picks when I publish the stats on the numbers. Anyway ... without really weighing my words, I shot my mouth. I said, "Well, what have you won with all those Quick Picks in the past?" He said that in all this time they had only won 4 of 6 once and then they usually have a few $3 tickets. They bought $400 worth on Wednesday, Dec 8, and only had eight $3 tickets.
Now this is where I shot my mouth. I said, "Gee, I know I could do better than that using the Lotto Report."
Seriously, here's what I did to spend all that money. I did a $5 ticket on every Lotto number. (I call this a 'target' number.) With each lotto number, I played the numbers that had been drawn with it the most. That was $250. Then, I did a variety of mixtures with 105 more tickets. For instance, since 5 of the numbers that were drawn on Wednesday came from the section titled "Not Drawn Since," I did several tickets using only those numbers. Then I did a variety of tickets from the "Repeat" section. In all I filled out 355 tickets for them and they tell me that my name will be mud if they don't win something! And I said back, "OK. But before you hang me, give these tickets 3 drawings before you give up."
I promise I will let you know how these tickets did. I feel like Lotto Charlie right now because I FEEL that we're gonna win!
Stay tuned for the outcome ....
The Outcome ...
I've posted a few of these numbers on my "How to Choose Your Lotto Numbers Page" under the "I'd Have Money in My Pocket If Only..." I'll give you a link so you can get there from here. Just click here.
A Third Tidbit From Clark
Here's another one for your collection.
The "reader" that is kind enough to share this stuff with us has a name and I decided to use his first name so its more personal. Maybe he'll keep gathering this information for us and become famous like Ann Landers. Hint-Hint
What Rotten Luck Player Has!
I had to laugh while reading of the statistical database information on numbers that has not paid out money. Every drawing except 3 since the beginning of the Lotto, I have played the numbers 2-9-19-20-25-37. I keep thinking they will surely be played someday soon....maybe not!!!!! Shirley M. (Some people have all the luck and it looks like your not one of them YET? <big grin> Keep playing those numbers - they'll be drawn. Persistence pays off ... eventually!!!)
The NEW Electronic Lotto Report
The Lotto Report is finally available by e-mail! You must have Adobe Reader to view it but never worry, Adobe is free. The Lotto Report is published every other Monday and the next Report will be published tomorrow, ( Dec. 6) - just in time for the $23 million jackpot. It's completely current - Subscription rates are the same as the "hard" copy, however, the electronic version is larger (26 pages) simply because I had more room ... the type is larger for easier reading! Single copies sell for $1.50; a 6 month subscription is $18.75; and a 12 month subscription is $36.50. To order, just click here.
Same Reader (Clark) Shares Second Tidbits!
I'm the guy who emailed you last week with the bit about the unluckiest number. I just got my statistical database up and running and here's an addendum to that stat. Actually there are 19 number sets out of the total 15,890,700 that have never paid a cent as of yesterday's 737th drawing.
Thank you for taking your time to share this with us. Keep the tidbits coming!
A Reader Shares A Very Interesting Tidbit
I've done some programming at home on the Texas Lotto stats. I have a HUGE database that lists all 15,890,700 possible combinations and the possible number of times they've scored 3, 4, 5 or 6 numbers out of all previous draws. Took me two weeks of constant crunching to let it run through its initial run.
Here's one little statistic I thought might be of interest to your readers... As of November 29, 1999 ....
2-4-11-15-25-37 is the unluckiest combination in the whole database. It has never won so much as $3 in the entire history of the Texas Lotto! (You're right - that is an interesting observation. And, thank-you very much for sharing it with us!)
Houston Town Hall Meeting - An Experience!
I apologize for not having this story written sooner - but I got behind with my work and it seems as though all I could do is ... get further behind.
I'm not sure if there was one or two more speakers before a speaker suggested to the Commission that they should put forth a better effort of letting the people know where the monies were going. This suggestion was a good one, and one that a number of people have already suggested, but it prompted a gentleman in the audience to speak up out of turn.
After several attempts to get him to the podium, the TLC staff finally just gave up and let him rumble. It is my opinion, that this man was a trouble maker, had no respect for his fellow man or rules, and I concluded, he must have been wanted by the law or he would have given his name. After disrupting the meeting, he rudely walked out. It only takes one person like this to ruin it for everybody.
Next thing I remember, another woman got up and told the Commission how unhappy she was because she drove across town last month to attend a meeting that she didn't know had been cancelled. Frankly, I wondered how she could have ever missed the announcement that the Texas Lottery was pulling their proposed amendment - and all hearings were cancelled. But, she was really mad and she certainly let it be known. Her tone added to the tension.
Shortly thereafter, they called Dr. Clemmie Johnson. The first words out of her mouth was that the Lottery was a scam! I thought, "Oh no." But she went on to explain that she had seen people spend $3 playing scratch offs where that $3 would have gone a long ways towards buying a gallon of milk. She thinks that to spend a dollar to win a dollar is a scam. And she may be right. Perhaps, for a person to gamble, they should stand to win more than it costs to play a game.
Shortly after this man, a lady got up and called the Lottery a cheat! Needless to say, this got everybody's attention. Even mine. But, after hearing her totally absurb accusations regarding the drawings and the numbers drawn, I knew she was totally off base and it was obvious everyone else did too. She was convinced that some numbers have never been drawn. And we listened to her carry on for about 10 minutes.
I've gotta a fess up - I was embarrassed that these people were representing players. Fortunately, after this lady, the rest of the speakers offered the Commission good sound advise. They suggested getting rid of the Texas Million or lowering the number of balls in the game, offering higher payouts and lowering the big jackpot to accomodate the payouts, reduce the number of scratch off tickets and offer 2nd chance drawings. One lady asked why Lottery players can collect $600 tax free but Bingo players have to pay taxes on a $500 win? That was a good question. There were even a couple of retailers there to speak for their players and to offer suggestions.
Oh yeah, I forgot. The door prizes. You'll never guess who won a door prize this time. It was Dr. Johnson - she got so tickled and was totally dumbfounded. It made my day to see her get that prize from the TLC.
I 'm sure with my writing this story and my bluntness, I may make some of you angry. That is not my intent. This is what I saw in Houston and I was disappointed in the behavior of a few fellow players who represented all players. There were some pretty important people present at this meeting so you can imagine what they probably think of players. And I know we're not that bad!!!!
So OK - The Texas Lottery came up with a really dumb idea several months ago and they got a spanking. They recanted and said, "OK. Let's move forward. We won't mess with Lotto Texas and we will listen to our players and try to give you what you want if we can. Just tell us what you want." I think they are making every effort to listen to us and we need to recognize this and respect their efforts. Yes, tell them what you think - they want that. But can't we tell them nicely and not have any more name calling. And can't we respect the laws that they must abide by?
I suppose if you are reading my site and you plan to go to a Town Hall meeting and are unprofessional in your behavior, you better look out because I'll probably say something to you myself. I believe I speak for a great many people, we want the Lotto in Texas. And if lawmakers see this type of behavior, they may take away our games.
And yes, if you want to respond to my writing, I will post your emails to be fair. I'll even give you a link. Just click here.
Dallas/Ft. Worth Town Hall Meeting A Tremendous Success!
Texas Lottery Commission officials did GOOD. They came to Dallas/Ft. Worth and listened to the players. How impressed I was that they let the people speak! And I promise you, the players dominated the meeting that was held at the Harvey House in Irving on Thursday, November 4.
The Town Hall meeting started with a short film, then one by one players spoke their minds. The atmosphere was relaxed - no tension. In a nutshell, players basically told the Commission that they wanted bigger payoffs and better odds at winning. Players explained that they cut their purchases because they couldn't win. Powerful suggestions included cutting back the number of games - ie reduce the number of scratch off tickets and stop the Texas Million game.
In the end, they had a little fun. They brought door prizes and had a small drawing. I couldn't believe it, but I was the first winner. You know, for some reason, I've always been lucky at door prize drawings. Just last month, I won a drawing like that in California too. Anyway, when I got home I went through the bag and was excited and disappointed all at the same time - it contained a really nice wind breaker, t-shirt, cap, ticket holder and key chain - but, darn it, there was no Quick Pick! Maybe, if I to go to the meeting in Houston next Tuesday, I'll win there too ... and just maybe, they'll include a Quick Pick! But don't worry, I'll only keep the Quick Pick, then I'll give someone else rest of the door prize!
I don't know what I forgot to mention, but if someone reminds me, I write some more. And Houston, look out. The Texas Lottery Commission is coming your way next Tuesday, Nov. 9. They'll be at the Radisson Hotel, 9100 Gulf Freeway at 7 PM.. Ya'll be nice to 'em, they're listening to us - so just tell 'em what your ideas are. OK?
I'm Starting an E-Mail List
After all that has happened regarding the recent proposed changes and the current changes - like renaming the current ball sets and machines for Lotto and Cash 5 - I have decided to start an email list of those of you who want to be notified of any news that I feel is "news worthy" for players.
To receive any "news" I might have, just send me an email and tell me to include you in my mailings. If you don't mind, I would like to know your name and your city would be nice too. Maybe even your favorite game! What ever information you feel comfortable in providing me with is what I'd like to have. Just click here to send me your email address.
New Balls and Machines for the Pick 3 ...
50 vs 54 Balls