Myths & Facts
There are many common myths surrounding the play of lottery products.
The following facts should help clarify many misconceptions.
Myth: There are “hot numbers” that
are drawn more often than others.
Fact: Lottery draws are completely
random, so there are no hot numbers. Every number has an equal chance of
being drawn, so every set of lottery numbers has the same chance of
Myth: Retailers know which tickets
are winners, and they sell these tickets to friends, family or staff.
Fact: Through strict security
procedures, the CT Lottery ensures that no one knows which lottery
tickets are winners. This includes everyone from ticket designers and
employees who produce tickets to distributors and retailers. Integrity
and honesty are the cornerstones of the lottery and its operations.
Myth: Players can control lottery
outcomes by using various methods to forecast winning numbers.
Fact: Lottery results are completely
random, so no one can control the outcome. It is impossible to predict a
number beyond its overall probability of appearing among the winning
numbers. A random guess has just as much chance at winning as playing
birthdays, anniversary dates, or any personal system.
Myth: “Fresh” or newly arrived
tickets are luckier than tickets from a previous week.
Fact: The probability of purchasing
a winning ticket is the same over the lifespan of a lottery game. Unsold
tickets from a previous week have the same chance of containing a
winning ticket as newly delivered tickets.
Myth: It is possible for me to
"chase" and recoup losses.
Fact: Lottery games are
created to pay out less than they take in over time, so the more lottery
tickets you purchase, the more likely you are to lose money. Think of
lottery ticket play as a form of entertainment, not a way to invest or
(Reprinted from information available on the
Atlantic Lottery Corporation web site.)