Selecting Lottery Numbers by...

Bathroom Tiles

This is a method ideally suited to bathrooms with a large number of small ceramic tiles. Take a washable felt tipped pen into the bathroom and choose any six tiles anywhere on a wall. That's the easy bit. Now, converting the positions of the unnumbered tiles into numbers. Nominate a corner. The bottom left corner for preference, or the top left corner as a good second choice. Count how many across a marked tile is from the corner. Count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1,2,3,4 etc. Now count, in the same style, how many up (or down) the tile is. You now have two numbers, (the x and y coordinates mod 7 +1, to be mathematical about it). Take the second number, multiply by 7, add the first number, subtract 7, and you have a lottery number - which is not bad considering it was an unnumbered tile in the bathroom in the first place. The same procedure for the other five marked tiles and there's the six numbers in the range 1-49.

Star quality: It's much easier to pick a random tile than it is to pick a random number. It's not loaded with numerical meaning and doubt.

Drawbacks: "Take the second number, multiply it by seven, add the first number, and subtract seven". Too complex for some!