# Alternative Lottery Strategies

## How to Find Your Lucky Numbers

You can use the formula from the previous page -- adding and reducing the numbers in your birth date -- to pick some additional lucky numbers for yourself. In fact, you can use it to obtain a single digit from any double- or triple-digit number or even from a long series of numbers.

The formula is simply to add each digit in a numerical series. Then add the digits of the sum until you've reduced it to a single digit. For example, you can calculate the numerical value of a telephone number. Let's say the number is 123-555-6789. Adding all the digits, we get 1 + 2 + 3 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 = 51. Use the formula again to reduce the number: 5 + 1 = 6. The phone number has a value of 6.

Now let's try a social security number: 111-22-3456. Adding all the digits together, we get 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 = 25. Then reduce that to 2 + 5 = 7. The social security number has a value of 7.

Remember, the result is always the same no matter how you add it. Instead of adding each single digit, you could add 111 + 22 + 3,456, which equals 3,589. Now add 3 + 5 + 8 + 9, which equals 25. Then 2 + 5 = 7.

This process works in reverse, also. Suppose your primary number is 3, and you want to choose three lucky Pick 3 numbers. Simply choose any combination of three digits that, when added and reduced, will equal your primary number of 3. The number 408 is a good choice: 4 + 0 + 8 = 12. This reduces to 3 (1 + 2 = 3). Or how about 057 for your Pick 3 numbers? Add 0 + 5 + 7 = 12, which reduces to 3. You can use this process for choosing your Pick 4 numbers as well. If your primary number is 3, try: 1 + 0 + 6 + 5 = 12. Reduce this to: 1 + 2 = 3.

Happy Birthday

If, as numerologists believe, numbers are important in our lives, then what more significant number could you have than the day you came into existence -- your birthday?

As for trying to win a Lotto jackpot with your primary number, you can play the number itself in combination with other numbers. A person born on August 15 might play her primary number, 6, with five other numbers.

You could even use several or possibly all numbers with a value of 6 when playing Lotto. As was illustrated previously, you may use any compound number that, when added and reduced, equals your primary number. Our August 15 birthday person could play 6, 15 (1 + 5 = 6), 24 (2 + 4 = 6), 33 (3 + 3 = 6), 42 (4 + 2 = 6), or 51 (5 + 1 = 6). (One thing to keep in mind when using this technique is to try to avoid popular numbers or popular series of numbers. )

Another common way of using your birthday numbers is to simply list the day, month, and year. The person born on August 15, 1970, would play 8 (August), 15 (day), and 70 (year). Seventy, of course, is too high to use in most games, so you could reduce the double-digit number and play 7.

Other Nifty Numbers

Although your birth date numbers are of greatest importance -- numerologically speaking -- other personal numbers can also be lucky. You can use any significant anniversary in your life, such as a wedding. Family members' birthdays are also significant to you, since your life is most certainly intertwined with theirs.

Other personal numbers might be your age, social security number, address, phone number, and bank account number. Use your imagination to come up with even more significant numbers. A couple from Ohio, both doctors, struck it rich to the tune of \$8 million in the Ohio Super Lotto. Drs. Angelito Belardo and Orpha Belardo used a combination of birthdays to win. Who says the number 13 is unlucky? Not Wendell Hobbs. He was born on the 13th and always plays number 13. Lucky Mr. Hobbs won \$100,000 in the Oregon Powerball. Californian Linda Ramos wanted to get her father a unique gift for Father's Day. She decided to use family members' special dates on the Lotto ticket she gave him. It turned out to be a truly special gift of \$10 million. Her father, a retired agricultural laborer, agreed that it was the most extraordinary Father's Day present ever.

A System of the Ancients

Along with the numerology formula, there's also an ancient alphabet technique that comes to us from the Hebrew Kabala and the Chaldeans. This technique assigns numerical values to each letter of the alphabet. You can use these figures to calculate your name number. Next to the date you came into being (your birthday), what else can be more personal and significant than your name?

Numerologists and astrologers don't always agree on which alphabet number system to use (there are several), but most of them believe this is the most powerful one:

 A = 1 H = 5 O = 7 V = 6 B = 2 I =  1 P = 8 W = 6 C = 3 J = 1 Q = 1 X = 5 D = 4 K = 2 R = 2 Y = 1 E = 5 L =  3 S = 3 Z = 7 F = 8 M = 4 T = 4 G = 3 N = 5 U = 6

To use this system, write out your name as you usually sign it. Place the corresponding number from the alphabet key shown above beneath each letter of your name. Here's how we'd get the name number of Elizabeth E. Jones:

 E L I Z A B E T H E J O N E S 5 3 1 7 1 2 5 4 5 5 1 7 5 5 3

Now, use the formula to add up the numbers: 5 + 3 + 1 + 7 + 1 + 2 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 5 + 1 + 7 + 5 + 5 + 3 = 59. Then reduce the total: 5 + 9 = 14. Keep reducing the total until you obtain a single digit value: 1 + 4 = 5. The name number of Elizabeth E. Jones is 5.

If Elizabeth Jones decides not to use her middle initial, she'll have a different name number.

 E L I Z A B E T H J O N E S 5 3 1 7 1 2 5 4 5 1 7 5 5 3

Adding and reducing these numbers gives us a different figure: 5 + 3 + 1 + 7 + 1 + 2 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 1 + 7 + 5 + 5 + 3 = 54, and 5 + 4 = 9. Thus the name number of Elizabeth Jones is 9.

But suppose she commonly goes by the name Lizzy Jones? She would have yet another name number. The name number of Lizzy Jones, using the formula above, is 4.

So what does all this mean? Certainly no one's going to suggest you change your name. But numerology -- like astrology -- is an esoteric art. This means that understanding your numbers is a very personal affair.

For instance, if, like Lizzy Jones, you happen to have a nickname, you may find that the nickname number is luckier for you than your full name. So experiment with your primary and secondary numbers, and combine them with your name numbers derived from various spellings of your name. Buy a few Pick 3 tickets. You may discover that one or even two of the spellings of your name may be luckier for you than the others.

Birthdays played a large role in numerology. They will also be a significant factor in our next alternative strategy. Read on to learn how to use your astrological sign and lunar cycles when you play the lottery.