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Duplicate PB numbers happening

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Posted: September 13, 2010, 11:11 am - IP Logged

We buy $3 Power Ball twice a week. We are getting duplicate PB numbers at least three or four times a month, or 4 of 8 buys. I am refering to the POWER BALL Number, not others. When we contacted state office about it, we were told. "Wait until another person buys then buy again as in 2 now and one later" They seem to imply, kind of hinted that "store SW may be the problem". which is pure bull as "store SW" from what we were told does NOT select the rumbers. Have had enough math to know this recurring issue somewhat fractures probabilty numbers and in truth favorst the lottery, not the buyers. Anyone else notice same. and we are addressing small buys of 3-4 tickets, but happens quite reqularily and "swithing stores to avoid SW issue" was zero help.

 Me thinks Lottery knows of it but will not do much, and please no 'random numbers etc" as to have a PB number duplicate in a 3-4 buy, several times a month is a bit odd, in fact seems something is wrong with "Randome nr generators"?

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    Posted: September 13, 2010, 11:48 am - IP Logged

    I very rarely buy lotto tickets but I have saved the few I have purchased.  Your observation gave me cause to pull them out and  look.  I was surprised to see the number of duplicate sets of numbers on tickets purchased many months apart.

    Thanks for shedding some light on this aspect of QP's.

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      Posted: September 13, 2010, 12:01 pm - IP Logged

      We buy $3 Power Ball twice a week. We are getting duplicate PB numbers at least three or four times a month, or 4 of 8 buys. I am refering to the POWER BALL Number, not others. When we contacted state office about it, we were told. "Wait until another person buys then buy again as in 2 now and one later" They seem to imply, kind of hinted that "store SW may be the problem". which is pure bull as "store SW" from what we were told does NOT select the rumbers. Have had enough math to know this recurring issue somewhat fractures probabilty numbers and in truth favorst the lottery, not the buyers. Anyone else notice same. and we are addressing small buys of 3-4 tickets, but happens quite reqularily and "swithing stores to avoid SW issue" was zero help.

       Me thinks Lottery knows of it but will not do much, and please no 'random numbers etc" as to have a PB number duplicate in a 3-4 buy, several times a month is a bit odd, in fact seems something is wrong with "Randome nr generators"?

      Pick your powerball number..Case solved..

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        Posted: September 13, 2010, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

        I Agree!Pick your powerball number..Case solved..

        Chuck2

        You don't say it, but it appears you are relying on the Terminal's RNG to give you numbers to play.

        Not much you can do about it. You are requesting 'random' numbers, otherwise known as Quick Picks, and that's what the Terminal is giving you.
        The Terminal doesn't know it's giving you duplicate numbers. It's just a matter of chance.

        If you want to be sure you have a mix of numbers without repeats you should try using the number and PB frequency
        table at www.powerball.com

        A link to the table is on the home page.

        You can then play a mix of numbers with the highest and lowest totals, all high totals, all low totals, etc.

        You can also choose different Powerballs.

        All you have to do is make your choices and mark the play slip accordingly.

        Good luck!

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          Posted: September 14, 2010, 9:54 am - IP Logged

          Pick your powerball number..Case solved..

          Picking your own Powerball would seem like good advice.

          But the advice comes from tiggs so we have to assume it's bad advice.

          It's usually best to do the opposite of what he says.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

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            Posted: September 15, 2010, 8:03 am - IP Logged

            Picking your own Powerball would seem like good advice.

            But the advice comes from tiggs so we have to assume it's bad advice.

            It's usually best to do the opposite of what he says.

            Yes ridge..Don't shoot yourself in the head..

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              Posted: September 15, 2010, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

              Pick your powerball number..Case solved..

              I Agree!

              I get five Cash Ball tickets, two lines I picked and three QPs and half the time I get duplicate bonus numbers. The way I see it, if I'm asking for the terminal to pick the numbers for me, there is no reason to complain.

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                Posted: September 16, 2010, 10:50 am - IP Logged

                Picking your own Powerball would seem like good advice.

                But the advice comes from tiggs so we have to assume it's bad advice.

                It's usually best to do the opposite of what he says.

                lol