Although my scientific systems for picking winning lotto combinations are based on mathematical probability, I think luck cycles can be used to maximize your lottery luck. By knowing when your lottery luck is running high or low, you can budget your playing dollars accordingly.

Kenneth Dickkerson, author of the book, How to Win Games of Chance (published by Ballantine Books), researched this method by plotting the winning cycles of many lottery winners, including myself, and several lotto jackpot winners. The results were so conclusive that Ken limits his own lottery play to the times when his luck cycles are the most favorable.

I was astonished when Ken analyzed my year's collection of winning lotto tickets and found that 53 percent of my wins occurred during my luckiest cycle, and only 4 percent of my wins occurred during my least lucky cycle.

This is how to find your own lottery luck cycles. First locate the astrological Sun Sign that corresponds to the date you were born. Next to it is the element your sun sign represents. For example, if you were born on April 5th, your sun sign is Aries and your element is fire.

And if your sun sign element is fire, the luckiest times to play lotteries and other games of chance would be when the sun is in any of the fire signs, such as Aries (March 21st to April 19th), Leo (July 23rd to August 22nd) or Sagittarius (November 22nd to December 21st). Your next luckiest time to play would be when the sun is in any of the air signs, such as Gemini, Libra or Aquarius.

If your sun sign element is fire, you would still be somewhat (but not as) lucky when the sun is in the earth signs of Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. (You may then want to reduce the amount you spend on lottery tickets.) As a fire sign, you would have the least luck when the sun is in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. At those times you may decide not to play at all.

Listed below are the luck ratings for each of the elements. You may want to consider the elements of the sun signs of members of your lotto pool or lottery syndicate, as well.

When Ken Dickkerson analyzed the 72 times I had won lottery prizes during the course of one year, I was amazed at the results. I was born in July. My sun sign is Cancer and my element is water. Here is the breakdown according to the number of prizes I won when the sun was in each element. Coincidence or not, the results were sufficiently amazing to make me a believer.

WATER - 38 Prizes (53%)
EARTH - 17 Prizes (24%)
AIR - 14 Prizes (19%)
FIRE - 3 Prizes (4%)

Two lotto jackpot winners used Ken's astrological timing and my lottery systems to hit it big. W. M., Jr. of Northwest, Virginia, bought Ken's book, How To Win Games of Chance, where he read about my book, Lotto How to Wheel a Fortune, and ordered it. One month later, W. M., Jr. won \$5.35 million plus five second prizes.

Mitchell Drummond of Moreno Valley, California cashed in big by using my systems. But had it not been for Ken Dickkerson's astrological timing, Mitch said he might not have bought the winning tickets that made him \$454,434 richer.

If you saved copies of all your winning lottery tickets for the past year, you might want to check them against your own luck cycles and see under which elements you won the most and fewest lotto prizes. I would be interested in hearing your results.

Gail Howard is the author of the comprehensive lottery number selection book "Lottery Master Guide" and lotto wheeling books for pick-5, pick-6 and Powerball/Mega Millions as well as lotto software with scientific strategies and easy-to-use systems to help the lottery player bet smarter.

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