This is from my thread in Pick 5 games, I'm juust blogging it for when the thread gets buried.
I wish everyone who insists picking your own numbers is a better chance than QPs would pick a game and track it like this. As with many other things in life, you can't refute results:
OK, no jackpot tonight but this was day 89 of the year.
In the OP I said I'd comapre the first 89 days of 2007 to the first 89 days of 2008, here goes:
First 89 days of 2007 were:
Jan: 14 QP, 6 player selected numbers
Feb: 13 QP, 6 player selected numbers
Mar: 16 QP, 4 player seplected numbers
For those 89 days that was 43 QP winners and 16 player's numbers winners, or 72.8% QPs.
First 89 days of 2008
39 jackpots 29 QP 19 PS
So one year apart and the QPs were within 1.5% of each other.
The player numbers were 37.2% winners for 2007 and 48.7 for 2008, a difference of 11.5% - but don't forget there was one jackpot split 5 ways, all player numbers - without that it's 14jackpots for 2008, making it 35.8%
So in 2007 (89 days) there were 40.1% more jackpots paid to QP and in 2008 there were 25.6% more jackpots paid to QPs.
2007 = 72.8% QP jackpot winners
2008= 74.3% QP jackpot winners.
The lotteries tell us that 70 to 80% of ticket sales, and 70 to 80% of jackpot winners are QP, this seems to confirm it.
I might keep this going and compare the next three months to these three months.