Sunday, October 31, 2010

How to play Texas Cash Five without a computer program

I was talking with a cashier from a local grocery store, while we were both in line. She was not working and buying groceries. She plays another lottery game, but I promoted Cash Five as an easy game to win. Get a pick that has two winning numbers and you win $2. I realized that there might be some interest among lottery players about how to win at Cash Five without using a computer program. I would highly recommend Gail Howard's "master guide" and her book about playing five number games. You can find them on You want a book so you are able to "wheel" numbers.

The first step is to rank numbers, from the most likely to win to the least likely. A simple way that works moderately well is to rank numbers by the last time that they won. Those that won most recently would be placed at the top and the ones that have gone the longest time since winning go at the bottom. You can make a list of numbers from 1 to 37 and then go the winning history on the Lottery website and find the date when they last won.

I would recommend taking several small wheels and write down the template on paper. I would then fill in the numbers from your orders list. You could play some or all from what is generated, and you would have a chance to win something. A good way to selectively pick what to play from a wheel, so you don't have to play the entire wheel, is to do the process of ranking numbers for ten previous games. Then, use your wheels of choice and fill in the ranked numbers. From what you have generated, figure out what would have won and mark those combinations from the wheel results. Now look over the last 10 games or however many you wanted to do, and look for positions in the wheel that won more than once. I would play those multi-win positions in the current game.

If you have the ability to use wheels without buying a book, so much the better. If you have the books, you can read about some of the approaches that can be tried, when trying to rank numbers.