Ohio Lottery - Pick 5 General Analysis
Updated on Thursday, April 24, 2014
Several analyses can be performed on Ohio Lottery Pick 5 past winning numbers. However, while straight numbers analysis
was reasonable for 3-digit games, where there are only 1,000 possible numbers.
It was not that helpful in 4-digit games, where there are 10,000 possible numbers, since
most of the numbers were not drawn yet. When it comes to the Pick 5 (a 5-digit game), straights analysis is
just out of the question even after thousands of draws; there are 100,000 numbers.
On the other hand, box (any arrangement of the digits) analysis is quite reasonable for both 3- and 4- digit games
with a few hundreds of draws. But, for the Pick 5, we still need a couple of thousands of draws to identify
the hot and cold boxes.
In the mean time we shall only classify the 100,000 possible Pick 5 numbers into the various types of boxes
and list their respective probability.
|Box Type||Description||Example||Combinations||Numbers in this catagory||Probability|
|All 5 distinct digits||12345||252||30,240||30.24%|
|3 distinct and one doubled||11234||840||50,400||50.4%|
|2 of the digits doubled||11223||360||10,800||10.8%|
|1 of the digits tripled||11123||360||7,200||7.2%|
|1-doubled and 1-tripled||11122||90||900||0.9%|
|1 of the digits quadrupled||11112||90||450||0.45%|
|All 5 digits identical||11111||10||10||0.01%|
|Total|| || ||2002||100,000||100%|
Note that while there are 100,000 distinct Pick 5 numbers, there are only
2002 boxes (any arrangement of the digits). Moreover, numbers with one digit doubled are the most
probable numbers to be drawn.