Before I begin, let me say that the true answer to that questions varies from state to state in short-term trends. But I want explore a method for selecting pick 3 pairs using simple math. You might just be surprised at the results. Let’s see how we can put our pairs together.

We know that the pick 3 lotto has 3 pools of 10 balls numbered 0 through 9. This means that using each number only once in a pair, the lowest possible sum of any 2 digits is 1 (0+1), and the highest possible sum of any 2 digits is 17 (8+9). Using the illustration below, you can see the number of possible pairs for each sum is given.

1 – 1 (0-1)

2 – 1 (0-2)

3 – (1-2, 0-3)

4 – (0-4, 1-3)

5 – (0-5, 1-4, 2-3)

6 – (0-6, 1-5, 2-4)

7 – (0-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4)

8 – (0-8, 1-7, 2-6, 3-5)

9 – (0-9, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5)

10 – (1-9, 2-8,3-7,4-6)

11 – (2-9, 3-8, 4-7, 5-6)

12 – (3-9, 4-8, 5-7)

13 – (4-9, 5-8, 6-7)

14 – (5-9, 6-8)

15 – (6-9, 7-8)

16 – (7-9)

17 – (8-9)

Notice the sum of 9 has five pairs, while all other sums have only four or fewer pairs? This means that any two digits in the pick 3 drawing should equal 9 more than any other sum.

Using the 9 sum pairs (0-9, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5) gives you a great starting point to create your winning combinations. While you still must select a third number, there are certain trends such as the neighbors trend to help you out.

The neighbors trend is that most draws contain at least one adjoining (neighboring) number. For example, a draw of 1-4-2 where the 1 and the 2 are neighbors. Now let’s see what our five 9 sum pairs look like with adjoining numbers.

The 0-9 pair would be played as box combinations like this: 0-9-1 and 0-9-8. Whereas the 1 neighbors the 0 and the 8 neighbors the 9.

The 1-8 pair would be played as box combinations like this: 1-8-2, 1-8-9, 1-8-0, 1-8-7. Whereas the 2 neighbors the 1, the 9 neighbors the 8, the 0 neighbors the 1 and the 7 neighbors the 8.

Just do the same for each 9 sum pair and you will end up with a list of combinations to play as boxed wagers. Good luck and always remember, never play more than you can afford to lose.