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Babbitt-LA, On-line Tutorial
Before starting, it is important that you select the same data set that I have used to generate the tutorial. Otherwise, as you follow the subsequent sections, the results you obtain will not match those shown on this page.
Navigate to the Combination Rater page.
Configure the Collation form to show the settings in the image below.
The Collation Form
Matching Results input form The starting point for finding a highly rated combination is the ball stats form on the draw queries page. The results of this simple query will lead you to find a suitable combination.

The first step is to choose an initial ball by entering it into the Matching Results form, as shown on the right.
In the text box enter the number 26.

Ensure the 'List matches found' checkbox is not checked.
We de-check the 'list matches' checkbox because in this analysis we're not particularly interested in viewing all the winning lines containing ball 26 - we only want to view the totals.
Press the Find Em button.
A new window will appear showing the stats for ball 26.
In the table entitled 'Ball number count', the ascending colour scheme highlights the most common matches for ball 26. The table shows that ball 26 most frequently appears with balls 46, 38 and 23. This result table is the basis for our initial combination ... Ball count for ball 26
Now that we have found an initial combination using the query form we can use the combination rater to rate it using your preferred rating type.
Navigate to the combination rater page.
The Combination Rating input form Below the rating type and collation forms you will see the form shown on the right. The form rates the combination of ball numbers entered into the six boxes provided. You do not need to enter a full 6-ball combination, the program will rate 2, 3, 4 or 5 ball combinations as well. The results page created by this form will list all draws you selected in the collation form and the rating for this combination after that draw. As the combination improves and deteriorates, the rating will change. At the bottom of the list of draws is a summary showing vital statistics indicating how the combination has performed.

To continue with our example ...
In the rating type form, select a Standard, Alternative rating system.
Enter the combination 26, 46, 38, 23 into the text boxes provided.
Press the Rate Em button.
The software compiles the results of the selected draws (draws 1 to 648) and displays a new window with the rating results. Scrolling down the results page to the bottom, the overview shows this combination has performed poorly. The average rating is quite high (77.119) and the combination, if played throughout all draws, would have made you a loss of £374.

Below the overview are more highlighted count tables, as seen below. They show which balls appeared when 2 or 3 out of the 4 balls came out together in a winning line (NB: a 4 ball count is not shown because all 4 balls never came out together). Both tables show that ball 23 is the weakest in this combination. It would be wise to adjust this combination ...
Ball counts for combination: 26, 46, 38, 23
In the last section we explored the use of the combination rater to assess the quality of combinations. We found a four ball combination and used the rater to discover which ball in the combination was the weakest. Using this information we want to derive a new, better combination.
Go back to the combination rater window.
Remove ball 23 and press the Rate Em button again.
The program rates the new combination with the weaker ball removed.
Scrolling down the list of winning lines, we can see these 3 balls have appeared together 4 times (winning a total of £40). Below the overview, there is a table entitled 'For 3 balls occurring, ball count'. This will tell us which balls appeared most frequently in the four draws where this combination appeared.
The table (shown below) indicates balls 28 and 39 appeared twice in those winning lottery lines.
Ball count for combination: 26, 38, 46
Go back to the combination rater window.
Enter ball numbers 28 and 39 into the text boxes.
Press the Rate Em button once more.
Scrolling directly down to the overview reveals that this 5 ball combination has performed quite well. If this combination had of been played in every lottery it would have made a profit of £1188 (assuming an average dividend of £1500 for picking 5 balls from draw 310).
Overview for combination: 26, 38, 46

This demonstrates how it is possible to use the rater to search for highly rated combinations. The main advantage of finding combinations in this manner is that you have settled on your choice of combination in a manual way. Many people will run the search algorithm and obtain the same results. By playing combinations output by the search program, you could end up sharing any prize you win with the other people who also played the combinations thrown out by the searcher.

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