Retired restaurant owner creates lucky numbers lottery smartphone app (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Retired Darlington restaurant owner creates lucky numbers lottery smartphone app
A RETIRED restaurant owner with a love of numbers has embraced modern technology to help gamblers get lucky.
After seven years in the pipeline, Frederick Stehr’s app, Lotto Dice Roller, is now available through iTunes.
The app helps Lotto players choose six numbers.
Although it generates random numbers, Mr Stehr, 69, of Darlington, claims it produces sequences which give the user a better chance of winning money.
The former owner of Crombie’s Restaurant, in Darlington, initially wanted to create a game which used real dice, but found it was too expensive to produce with the tools to create the game alone costing £10,000.
However, the advent of smart phone technology meant his idea could finally become reality with the help of an Italian app designer.
The app features 3D dice which roll to reveal six numbers when the user shakes the iPhone or iPad.
The numbers are then spoken in sequential order.
Mr Stehr said he had studied thousands of lottery results as well as the work of renowned mathematicians to create the app.
“It’s a lucky number generator but it’s designed in such a way that it falls in line with the parameters for odd and even numbers, high and low numbers and total sums of the numbers.
“It’s a fun thing to do but it also gives a balanced run of numbers.”
Although others dispute its value for predicting lottery results, Mr Stehr points to research on a mathematical diagram known as the bell curve as evidence certain sequences of numbers are more likely to appear.
He points out that three consecutive numbers rarely appeal, with sequences such as one to six “guaranteed” not to be selected.
Mr Stehr said that creating the app had helped him keep active after retirement.
“Everyone has to do something when they retire – some people play golf, others tend their garden but I have done this,” he added.
The father of-three received help with the app from one of his seven grandchildren, Peter Stephens.
He also received feedback from his eldest son, Nikolas Stehr, vice-president at banking firm Goldman Sachs.
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