Lottery Glossary

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Adjacent Numbers Numbers in a bet that are one digit apart. Example: In the bet 02, 08, 15, 16, 31, 49 - 15 and 16 are Adjacent Numbers.
Agent A place to purchase lottery tickets. A retail outlet.
ANN Abbreviation for the term Announced Number(s). Also referred to as Trailing Numbers.
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Announcers A number or set of numbers that are predictors for numbers arriving in the next draw.
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Annuity A non lump sum lottery payout that is paid to the winner in installments over many years.
Antipode Draw A draw result having extreme numbers. Example: 01-02-03-47-48-49 or any set of winning numbers having only numbers at both ends of the lowest or higher possible decades. Example: 01-38-40-42-45-48.
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AW Abbreviation for the term Abbreviated Wheel.
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Beer As a noun - Cool exalting beverage stemming from the University Dark Ages and used primarily when thinking about the Lottery, when playing the Lottery, when losing at playing the Lottery and when winning at playing the Lottery.
As a verb - Transitive, infinitive; used only on occasions when you have won the Lottery and your best friend has not, you may say to them, " Hey, best friend, let's go out tonight. I'd like To Beer with you." From Latin roots and herbs.
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Bonus Ball The seventh ball drawn in a 6/49 type lottery. Matching 5 numbers and the Bonus Ball returns the second highest prize which is disproportionally small when compared to the top prize. Also the eighth ball drawn in a Super 7 (7/47) type lottery where the Bonus Ball is combined with the second prize payouts (6/7 + B) and the sixth level prize (3/7 + B).
Boxed Bet A method of betting a three or four digit number that will win if the numbers come in any sequence. For example a boxed 735 would win if the winning number was 537. * boxed bets are commonly used in horse racing as well as the daily type lotteries.
Breakopen An instant-win ticket where the player tears open a flap to see if the ticket is a winner. Also called Pulltabs, Nevada Tickets, etc. Breakopens are often sold by charities as well as lotteries.
Cash Cow A jackpot winning prize.   Cash Cow
Cold Numbers Overdue numbers that appear less frequently than would be normally expected over the last "X" number of draws. "X" is a hotly debated variable amongst lottery predictionists. * don't let the "overdue" part fool you.   Lotto Tip
Combo A method of betting a three or four digit number that covers all possible combinations of the sequences. Also a short form for "Combo Maniac".   Combo Maniac
Daily Games Pick 3 and Pick 4 games held daily and run by the state or province.
DN Abbreviation for the term Designated Number. Used in a lottery wheel. Also referred to as a Power Keeper or Lock.
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Double A Pick 3 or Pick 4 digit number that contains two numbers of the same digit. Example 355.
Double-Double A Pick 4 digit number comprised of two doubles. Example 3553.
Exotic Numbers An unusual or infrequently drawn set of numbers.
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Free Lotto Lottery games that are played online. They usually require the player to view advertisements in order to play for free.
FW Abbreviation for the term Full Wheel.
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Group Play A group of lottery players who combine their bets and equally share the burden of the cost of playing. Often referred to as a Lottery Pool.
Hanging Ghost A number that is due to hit but does not appear. It is still a strong contender for many future draws.
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Hints Hints A term coined by Dennis Bassboss and used successfully by many other members at
Lotto 649 Players Club   Lotto 649 Players Club   to define a small group of numbers (no more than 3) which have an exceptional propensity of hitting in exactly the next draw
Hopper A globe shaped container that continually rotates to mix the lottery balls until all the numbers are drawn.
Hot Numbers Numbers that appear more frequently than would be normally expected over the last "X" number of draws. "X" is a highly debated variable amongst lottery predictionists.
Instant Game A "Srcatch and Win" lottery ticket where the player scratches off the surface of the ticket to discover if they have instantly won a prize.
Jackpot The top prize paid out for any lottery game. If this top tier prize is not won it is added to the next draw making the jackpot ever bigger until there is a winner.
Keno Lots of numbers are drawn in this daily type of game. Usually 20 numbers are drawn from a total set of 80. Players select from 3 to 10 numbers to win various prizes.
Last Digit Numbers with the same last digit. Example 20, 30, 40.
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LD Abbreviation for the term Last Digit.
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Lottery Draw The results of a specific lottery outcome.
Lottery or Lotto A game of astronomical odds where players select a small group of numbers from a large group of numbers to win prizes of various levels determined by the amount of winning numbers selected.
Lottery Wheel A method of combining a pool or group of numbers into a series of bets.
Lucky Dip A random selection of lottery numbers made by the lottery terminal's computer at the point of purchase. Also called a Quick Pick. A bet not preferred by lottery predictionists.
Money A term used to describe the end goal of playing the lotteries.
Natural Selection A selection of numbers made by the player as opposed to a computer-generated "Quick Pick" selection.
Odds The chance of winning. Example: The chance of winning a Lotto 6/49 game is 1 out of 13,983,816 !
Oneoffitis A term used to describe the frustration of betting number(s) that are one off plus or minus the winning numbers.
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OON Abbreviation for the term One Off Number. Selecting number(s) for prediction +/- one from the last set of numbers drawn.
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Overdue A term used to describe numbers that appear less frequently than would be normally expected over the last "X" number of draws. * While Overdue are a useful concept in playing Pick 3/4 games, it is not very helpful in predicting numbers in Lotto 6/49 type games.   Lotto Tip
OW Abbreviation for the term Open Wheel.
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Pick 3 Pick 4 Game A daily lotto game played with four digits between 0 and 9. The numbers can be repeated.
Playslip The card with several boxes in which players select their number combinations and wagering options. When completed, the playslip is processed through the lottery terminal to generate the official lottery tickets.
QP Abbreviation for the term Quick Pick.
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Quick Pick A random selection of lottery numbers made by the lottery terminal's computer at the point of purchase. Also called a Lucky Dip. A bet not preferred by lottery predictionists.
REP Abbreviation for the term Repeating Number(s) from the last draw.
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Rollover When a jackpot is not won it is added or "rolled over" to the next draw's jackpot, increasing the prize payment until the jackpot is finally won.
Root Sum A number from one to nine derived from the addition of all of the numbers in a single bet. Example: The root sum of this bet 04, 20, 21, 37, 44, 49 is 4. Derived from 0+4=4+2=6+0=6+2=8+1=9+3=12+7=19+4=23+4=27+4=31+9=40 4+0=4.
Shift In The Draw A sudden change in draws results. Example: It could be from a high sum trend to a low sum trend or highly announced to not so announced. It is generally associated with the all of a sudden appearances of many cold numbers from more than 10 draws prior.
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Skip and Hit Pattern The pattern of a specific number's appearances and absences measures by an examination of "X" number of draw results.
Spoiler A term to describe a number that you thought about playing, didn't think it would come logically but your instinct tells you that it will. You didn't play it and it hit anyway. Also a term to describe a number which you never considered playing and had no business hitting - ie a long-shot.
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Straight A Pick 3/4 bet outcome that is bet and won in exactly the same order. Example bet was 372 and the draw result was 372.
Sum The sum of all numbers in the bet. Example: The sum of this bet 04, 20, 21, 37, 44, 49 is 175. Derived from 04 + 20 + 21 + 7 + 44 + 49 = 175.
Ticket The official lottery bet. A piece of paper issued after purchase containing the numbers bet for the upcoming draw(s). * always remember to sign the back.   Lotto Tip
Underdrawn Underdrawn - Overdue or "Cold" numbers that appear less frequently than would be normally expected over the last "X" number of draws. "X" is a hotly debated variable amongst lottery predictionists. * don't let the "overdue" part fool you.   Lotto Tip
Virgin A term referring to a single number or combination of numbers that have not previously been drawn.
WinHunter WinHunter - a terrific free lottery software released under the GNU Open Source licensing, authored by Andrew Reed.
Winner That state of being to which all lottery players aspire to become.
X A mark that the lottery player places in the boxes of the playslip to indicate their selection of numbers and wagering options. Also an open variable to describe the number of draws from a lottery's history that is chosen for analysis.
Y Y? Because it's all about the dream and you can't win if you don't play.   Lotto Tip
Z zzzzzzzzz ... numbers that have "gone to sleep". Also referred to as cold numbers and underdrawn numbers.