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Charting PA Match 6, DE Multi Win Games


Got a PM a couple of days ago asking me whether I was going to chart PA's Match 6 and DE's Multi-Win Lotto games. I replied that I hadn't planned on it as the lottery structure was too complicated. That started bugging me - I love challenges like that. I started the chart on the DE game and, man, what a monster.

For those of you reading this, these games offer $2 tickets with three lines of 6 numbers, each tied to the same drawing. You get to select (or quick-pick) one line, the other two are quick picks only. You can win by matching numbers on any one line or win a second-tier prize by matching more numbers on all three lines.

But here's the sticky part. The DE game, for instance, is a 6/35 lottery. In a straight 6/35 lottery you would have 1,623,260 different possibilities. But with three lines there are


possible tickets. And that's a bunch of possibilities to calculate and post on a web site. And the PA game has even higher numbers, being a 6/49 lottery. I may never fool with that one.

Back to the mines.....

Entry #70


Comment by CASH Only - February 3, 2005, 8:09 pm
If you are able to figure out how many tickets have 18/18, 17/18, 16/18...down to 0/18 (DE pays $2 for 0/18; PA nothing) for DE, you SHOULD be able to do the same thing for PA.
johnph77Comment by johnph77 - February 4, 2005, 8:42 pm
DE Multi-Win Lotto posted on Percentage and Payout page. PA Match 6 next. Don't know when this'll be done due to the complexity of processing the information, but I learned a few things while doing the DE Lotto. There's a table I didn't put on there - an intermediate table detailing the second-tier formulas and processing - but I have it on my desktop. The formulas are just too massive - they would have distended the table in which they would have been displayed.

I've just about decided I'm going to do the update on that page more or less piecemeal - the places with which I've been unhappy will get done sooner than the rest. The alternative is to do it in alphabetical order, but what's the fun in being organized? Incidentally, the page will be uploaded when and as the state update is finished - the appearance mods are so slight I can do this on the fly.
johnph77Comment by johnph77 - February 7, 2005, 1:06 am
PA section on lottery Payouts and Percentage page updated, complete with Match 6 and Lucky For Life games.

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