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Do most people who win the lottery jackpots buy just one Ticket or multiple tickets?

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Posted: April 24, 2012, 9:15 am - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

I'm just wondering if most people who win the Jackpots are people who buy just one ticket or if they buy multiple tickets. Sometimes I will hear about a winner who bought 5 lines and sometimes people who will buy 3 lines. I also know that sometimes people who have never played the lottery or rarely play will win while some people who can play for 30 years or so never win.  I tend to buy one ticket per draw since the odds of winning the Jackpot on either MM or PB are so astronomical. Sometimes I wonder if I should buy a few more tickets per draw but have to keep myself on a budget. Just wondered what people thought. Also how many tickets do most of you buy per draw?

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    Posted: April 24, 2012, 11:49 am - IP Logged

    Hey shyguitar,

    People win buying one ticket and they win buying multiple tickets, doesn't matter.

    I buy one with my own numbers and one QP for every draw.

    Buying more than that would give me x more chances to win but with odds of over 175 million to one that I won't win on every ticket I buy, I don't see much of an edge gained by buying more.

    I look at the whole thing as a shot in the dark.

    Somebody will get lucky eventually and there's two chances in 175 million that it might be me.

    Good luck.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: April 24, 2012, 12:26 pm - IP Logged

      Hey shyguitar,

      People win buying one ticket and they win buying multiple tickets, doesn't matter.

      I buy one with my own numbers and one QP for every draw.

      Buying more than that would give me x more chances to win but with odds of over 175 million to one that I won't win on every ticket I buy, I don't see much of an edge gained by buying more.

      I look at the whole thing as a shot in the dark.

      Somebody will get lucky eventually and there's two chances in 175 million that it might be me.

      Good luck.

      Hi Ridge,

      Thanks for responding back to my post.  I think your strategy of buying one QP and one with your own numbers is a good one. I wonder if some people are just lucky in general since there are some people who win when they never buy lottery tickets and just decided to buy one for the first time and end up winning the jackpot or getting the second prize (which is still amazing). On a sidenote  Ridge,  I always enjoy reading your posts.

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        Posted: April 24, 2012, 2:07 pm - IP Logged

        Hi everyone,

        I'm just wondering if most people who win the Jackpots are people who buy just one ticket or if they buy multiple tickets. Sometimes I will hear about a winner who bought 5 lines and sometimes people who will buy 3 lines. I also know that sometimes people who have never played the lottery or rarely play will win while some people who can play for 30 years or so never win.  I tend to buy one ticket per draw since the odds of winning the Jackpot on either MM or PB are so astronomical. Sometimes I wonder if I should buy a few more tickets per draw but have to keep myself on a budget. Just wondered what people thought. Also how many tickets do most of you buy per draw?

        Hello "SG",

         

        This style of topic has, and, will continue to be all the rage here at LP. After lots of research on past winners of all types of jackpots and scratch-offs, I'm thoroughly convinced that with such games it's much better to just stay within your budget and allow what's destined to happen just happen. See, there is such a thing as just trying too hard to accomplish a particular thing and purchasing two hand fulls of tickets isn't going to increase your odds of winning by very much at all in the end and I'll tell you why.

        If you have lots of tickets and one of those tickets has a line that's very, very, close to the winning numbers, it's HIGHLY, HIGHLY unlikely that another line on another ticket will produce the exact (corrected) winning numbers. Can you understand what I'm saying here? 99% of the time, it's that one line which makes or breaks the player so there's no need for hundreds of lines. I'm not saying it can't actually happen, but rather that it's so unlikely to happen. Basically, there's one chance per set of tickets.

        To me, $5 is a nice round number as it's a complete board of numbers and I've done fairly well in the past with this amount. You're gonna win or lose whether you spend $5 or $50 in the end. Financially, $50 goes a long way at $5 per shot, and, allows many more chances at the same win. Just my .02...


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          Posted: April 24, 2012, 3:04 pm - IP Logged

          Hi everyone,

          I'm just wondering if most people who win the Jackpots are people who buy just one ticket or if they buy multiple tickets. Sometimes I will hear about a winner who bought 5 lines and sometimes people who will buy 3 lines. I also know that sometimes people who have never played the lottery or rarely play will win while some people who can play for 30 years or so never win.  I tend to buy one ticket per draw since the odds of winning the Jackpot on either MM or PB are so astronomical. Sometimes I wonder if I should buy a few more tickets per draw but have to keep myself on a budget. Just wondered what people thought. Also how many tickets do most of you buy per draw?

          "the odds of winning the Jackpot on either MM or PB are so astronomical."

          It's not just the jackpot; only 3.125% of all PB tickets win anything and 2.5% in MM. A player has to buy 40 MM tickets just to expect to win back something and that's not a guarantee.

          I just bought two PB tickets and in the back of mind, I'll have happy "what if" thoughts for the rest of the day.

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            Posted: April 24, 2012, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

            I would be willing to bet that nobody has ever won a Mega Millions or PowerBall jackpot by buying only 1 ticket.

            Sure people have one the jackpot with a single line on a single ticket. But that doesn't mean they didn't buy a hundred dollars worth of single tickets. I do that myself. I buy 10 single tickets at a time.

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              Posted: April 24, 2012, 5:57 pm - IP Logged

              Hi shyguitar,

               I play two set of #'s and usually quick pick one or two lines if I decide to megaply then I usually buy one quick pick I try not to go over $5.00.

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                Posted: April 24, 2012, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

                SG:

                U just can't win if U buy WON>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                Psyko alway'$$$$$   buy more than WON>>>>>4>>>>>D>JACKPOT$$$

                LOL2U2SG

                Psyko

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                  Posted: April 24, 2012, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                  Hi Ridge,

                  Thanks for responding back to my post.  I think your strategy of buying one QP and one with your own numbers is a good one. I wonder if some people are just lucky in general since there are some people who win when they never buy lottery tickets and just decided to buy one for the first time and end up winning the jackpot or getting the second prize (which is still amazing). On a sidenote  Ridge,  I always enjoy reading your posts.

                  Well thank you kindly for the kind words, shyguitar.

                  And yes, there definitely are lucky people.


                                                               
                                       
                                                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                                                                                                     

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                    Posted: April 24, 2012, 7:05 pm - IP Logged

                    You'd lose your bet, PlayTwoWin.

                    A few years ago a 19 year old female in Georgia won a jp on the first ticket she ever played, and more recently than that a female corrections officer in NY thought she was buying a ticket for one jp game and played it for the other ((MM & PB) and won the jp on the 'other' game.

                    Just search the News forum.

                    Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                    Lep

                    There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                      Posted: April 24, 2012, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                      Hey shyguitar,

                      People win buying one ticket and they win buying multiple tickets, doesn't matter.

                      I buy one with my own numbers and one QP for every draw.

                      Buying more than that would give me x more chances to win but with odds of over 175 million to one that I won't win on every ticket I buy, I don't see much of an edge gained by buying more.

                      I look at the whole thing as a shot in the dark.

                      Somebody will get lucky eventually and there's two chances in 175 million that it might be me.

                      Good luck.

                      "People win buying one ticket and they win buying multiple tickets, doesn't matter."

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                      YOU WILL NEVER WIN A LOTTERY JACKPOT IN YOUR LIFETIME.

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                        Posted: April 24, 2012, 7:45 pm - IP Logged

                        Hello "SG",

                         

                        This style of topic has, and, will continue to be all the rage here at LP. After lots of research on past winners of all types of jackpots and scratch-offs, I'm thoroughly convinced that with such games it's much better to just stay within your budget and allow what's destined to happen just happen. See, there is such a thing as just trying too hard to accomplish a particular thing and purchasing two hand fulls of tickets isn't going to increase your odds of winning by very much at all in the end and I'll tell you why.

                        If you have lots of tickets and one of those tickets has a line that's very, very, close to the winning numbers, it's HIGHLY, HIGHLY unlikely that another line on another ticket will produce the exact (corrected) winning numbers. Can you understand what I'm saying here? 99% of the time, it's that one line which makes or breaks the player so there's no need for hundreds of lines. I'm not saying it can't actually happen, but rather that it's so unlikely to happen. Basically, there's one chance per set of tickets.

                        To me, $5 is a nice round number as it's a complete board of numbers and I've done fairly well in the past with this amount. You're gonna win or lose whether you spend $5 or $50 in the end. Financially, $50 goes a long way at $5 per shot, and, allows many more chances at the same win. Just my .02...


                        L.L.

                        "To me, $5 is a nice round number as it's a complete board of numbers and I've done fairly well in the past with this amount. You're gonna win or lose whether you spend $5 or $50 in the end. Financially, $50 goes a long way at $5 per shot, and, allows many more chances at the same win. Just my .02..."

                        US Flag 

                        YOU WILL NEVER WIN A LOTTERY JACKPOT IN YOUR LIFETIME.

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                          Posted: April 24, 2012, 8:03 pm - IP Logged

                          SG:

                          U just can't win if U buy WON>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                          Psyko alway'$$$$$   buy more than WON>>>>>4>>>>>D>JACKPOT$$$

                          LOL2U2SG

                          Psyko

                          oh well>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>what D hello>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

                          psyko is CRAZY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          I BET U $1.00 U can't win in 2012 if U only BUY one ticket per drawing in any one of D JACKPOT game's>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!

                          LOLJack-in-the-Box

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                            Posted: April 24, 2012, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

                            There is a site called biglotterywinners.com and it has individual winner stories. I found it the other day.

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                              Posted: April 24, 2012, 9:14 pm - IP Logged

                              oh well>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>what D hello>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

                              psyko is CRAZY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              I BET U $1.00 U can't win in 2012 if U only BUY one ticket per drawing in any one of D JACKPOT game's>>>>>>>>>!!!!!!!!

                              LOLJack-in-the-Box

                              I've always thought you were pretty cool from the time I first read one of your posts...years ago. It's good to see that you're still around as a few others are. You probably don't reconize me by my current forum name but, I'm certain you'd know me otherwise.


                              L.L.