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Picking my 9th and 10th tickets was a bit tricky, because the first 8 tickets that I'd played in previous draws all had unique numbers, leaving just one number I'd never actually played in the main Lotto all these years. I wanted to have the two new tickets conform to my number selection strategy, also the first new ticket had to contain the non-played number and finally both new tickets mustn't have two or more numbers that had previously been used any earlier ticket.
So I kept reloading the generator until the first new ticket contained the unused number and then I checked that ticket didn't have two numbers used in a previous ticket (if it did, it was another reload). I then repeated it for the second new ticket, but without the unused number proviso. Finally, I ended up with the two new tickets I wanted, but I annoyingly had to do two sets of purchases. I have a direct debit for tickets 1-2, so I then manually bought tickets 3-9 (only 7 tickets can be bought at a time for some peculiar reason) and then finally manually bought ticket 10. Phew - now let's hope I at least get my money back!
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