When it comes to selecting one's numbers for the lottery, there are many different theories, approaches and tactics undertaken week in and week out across the country and, indeed, the world.
Picking lucky numbers for French Lotto draws is not that different to doing so for other draws across the globe. If not using a quick-pick automated selection, it can be helpful to have a few thoughts on how to go about selecting numbers manually.
A look at the so-called hot and numbers is a good start. The term 'hot' is used for digits that have been drawn relatively frequently. For 'cold', its numbers that have been drawn relatively infrequently. An example of a few hot numbers in the French Lotto are 41 and 13, which have been drawn 155 and 143 times, respectively. On the other side, there's the cold 39 and 33, which have only been drawn 106 and 111 times, respectively.
Those statistics are for when the five regular numbers are drawn, but what of the bonus ball? Here, 10, 9 and 5 have performed well at 138, 132 and 129 times, respectively. Now there is some food for thought for when you manually select your five numbers and bonus number.
You can also consider the number of rollovers between jackpot wins. Maybe equate the number of intervals to a digit for your selection. This graph will help.
Some people like to base their number selections on important dates - such as anniversaries or birthdays - in their lives. For example, if one was born on the second day of April in 2001, the numbers 2 for the day of the month, four for the actual month and 20 and 1 for the year could be used among a combination of other numbers.
For another example, don't forget your wedding anniversary by consistently using the date for your French Lotto numbers. A couple married on the third day of May in 2019 might choose to use 3, 5, 20 and 19 in the future sets of numbers.
Those who are into horoscopes and follow their direction in part in full sometimes see what's said for their zodiac sign for the week or month. If there are numeric references or other insights that can be filtered into digits, these are then used in entering the lottery. Some horoscopes also churn out lucky number suggestions, which are an obvious option to include in your lottery selection.
And then there are others who look to the dreams they have while sleeping for direction on what lottery numbers to insert once, twice, or three times a week. We sleep seven nights a week. The French Lotto happens three times a week, so opportunities to use thoughts from our dreams in the lottery are reasonably frequent.
Take, for example, the man who did exactly this - and walked off with a hefty prize in Australia's Set For Life draw.
"Now, this is going to be hard to believe, but years ago, I dreamt the numbers I mark my tickets with, and I've been using them ever since," he said.
"It was such a vivid dream, and in it, I used the numbers to play the lottery and then I won division one. It felt like a premonition."
Now that's taking the adage, 'what dreams are made of', to literal levels.