1-6 are the worst numbers to pick. Each week thousands of people pick 1-6. If you win big don't expect much of a cut.

Yeah, there's a science to picking numbers that will give you the biggest rate of return. The most popular numbers each week in the Canadian lottery are surprisingly consistent, according to John Haigh, author of

*Taking Chances- Winning with Probability*[1]. The most popular, in order, are 7 11 3 9 5 27 31 8 17, and the least popular in descending order- 30 46 38 45 20 41 48 39 40. However, the least-picked six numbers (individually) are often chosen as a set

*because* they are unpopular, making that particular combination less profitable. Other combinations to avoid if you want to maximise your winnings are the previous draw's winning numbers, and combinations where the numbers form a sequence, eg 35,36,37,38,39,40.