About LottoPredictWe'd all love to find a way to predict those winning numbers so that we could scoop a jackpot on the UK's National Lottery. Whilst it's never going to be possible to accurately predict, LottoPredict was started as an exercise looking at the statistical probability of balls appearing based on past draws. The base assumption being that the Lottery isn't as random as it may seem, although balls are drawn at random, other influences could affect the likelihood of any given ball being selected. For instance, if Ball 2 is slightly heavier then it may have a higher chance of being selected. Of course, the information needed to more accurately predict this isn't available (we'd need to record which machine and set of balls were used, which still wouldn't give us much chance!).
So whilst LottoPredict can't accurately tell you which numbers to play, it can make a prediction based on the number of past appearances of each ball. It also considers other factors such as whether or not that particular ball appeared in the last draw (although possible, the statistical probability of a ball appearing two draws in a row is lower) as well as analysing it's past predictions to try and refine output.
The system will also generate up to 10 lucky dips for a user, there's absolutely no weighting applied to Lucky Dips draws, the numbers output are those selected at random.
In reality, as it's not possible to accurately predict the outcome of the National Lottery, LottoPredict serves more as the result of a late night project of a bored coder. One day, though, it may generate the right numbers!
The API is freely available for any who want to use it, whether to check results or to generate predictions/LuckyDips. More information can also be seen on the Changelog
The next generation version of this API is now available at http://lotteryresults.bentasker.co.uk/
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