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Results for March 13 and 14, 2012

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Last Edited: March 16, 2012, 4:54 pm

The winning Mega Millions numbers for March 13 were 2-8-30-36-48 with Mega Ball 31.  Nobody won the $171 million jackpot.

... and neither did we.  Our simulation got over 4,500 winners worth almost $19,000.  That's 2.6% of our 175,000 lines "played" and a return of 10.852%.

Here's the full breakdown:

MATCH WINNERS TOTAL PRIZES
5+1 0 $0
5+0 0 $0
4+1 0 $0
4+0 11 $1,650
3+1 15 $2,250
3+0 612 $4,284
2+1 214 $2,140
1+1 1269 $3,807
0+1 2430 $4,860
TOTALS 4551 $18,991

 


The winning Powerball numbers for March 14 were 1-8-41-46-59 with a Powerball of 24.  Nobody won the $50 million jackpot, including us.  We did, however, come away with over $23,500 spread over almost 5,350 winning tickets.  In terms of percentages, that's about 3.1% of the lines "played" and a return of about 6.72% of the $350,000 "spent" on those lines.

Here's the full breakdown:

MATCH WINNERS TOTAL PRIZES
5+1 0 $0
5+0 0 $0
4+1 0 $0
4+0 1 $100
3+1 10 $1,000
3+0 206 $1,442
2+1 149 $1,043
1+1 1396 $5,584
0+1 3587 $14,348
TOTALS 5349 $23,517

 

** I did mention in my introductory post that I wasn't going to be posting the numbers files for space reasons (the files themselves are 3 MB each, and pasting the numbers directly into the blog would be insane), but if anyone wants to review them, just let me know and I'll send them over.

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Comments

1.
truecriticComment by truecritic - March 17, 2012, 12:29 pm
I don't see how you are "picking" the numbers you play for each drawing?

Just a specially designed RNG? Todd's RNG? Some other method?

I always enjoy seeing various lottery/gambling simulations. Glad you started this project.
2.
mediabratComment by mediabrat - March 17, 2012, 6:24 pm
I wrote my own program which has both an RNG and a results checker. I feed it how many numbers I want (either 5 for the white balls or 1 for the Megaball/Powerball) and the range (1 to 56/59), put that through a loop, make sure I don't have any duplicate lines (seems to happen about 2,000 times when generating 175,000 lines, which isn't bad), and I stop when I get up to 175,000. All of that gets dumped out to a text file. When I want to check my numbers against the drawn numbers, I read that file back in to the routine that compares the numbers and tells me how many matches I have.
3.
Comment by BlueDuck - March 19, 2012, 6:55 am
Looking forward to future updates.
4.
Comment by LottoBoner - March 24, 2012, 1:59 am
are you using any power numbers in your wheel?
maybe instead of one wheel you should make perhaps three different wheels totaling 75,000 combinations?
5.
mediabratComment by mediabrat - March 24, 2012, 9:05 pm
I'm not doing anything special with my numbers. It's been suggested that I try wheels and other advanced concepts; while I'm reluctant to change the parameters of the initial project, I will probably tackle these ideas in a side project.

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