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# \$330 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot nears record high

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Indiana
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 Posted: January 3, 2011, 10:25 pm - IP Logged

whatever amount someone wants to spend is their decision, The odd will still remain at 176 million to 1. Your chances of getting eaten alive by a shark in the desert with no water is better!!! Just joking.

If you buy a \$1 ticket, your odds are 1 in 175,711,536. However, you can increase your odds by purchasing multiple lines. So if you buy a \$5 quick pick, your odds are 1 in 35,142,307(175,711,536 / 5). I happen to have \$13 worth of tickets, so my odds would be 1 in 13,516,272, which is about the same as a single line in a Pick 6/49 Lotto game.

Gonna win.

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As a matter of fact, the odds on 5 wagers are 1 in 175,711,531 but I won't argue just wish everyone good luck  and many big jackpots this year.

Chief Bottle Washer
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As a matter of fact, the odds on 5 wagers are 1 in 175,711,531 but I won't argue just wish everyone good luck  and many big jackpots this year.

No, no, no.

The odds for 1 ticket is 1 in 175,711,536.  The "1" is the 1 ticket and the "175,711,536" are the number of possibilities.

The odds for 5 tickets is 5 in 175,711,536.  Note the "5" is the 5 tickets, but the number of chances does not change, only the number of tickets purchased.

Now then, odds are essentially fractions.  The 1 in 175,711,536 can be written as 1 "over" 175,711,536, or 1 "divided by" 175,711,536.

So the 5-ticket purchase is 5 "over" (or "divided by") 175,711,536.  To get the traditional "your odds are 1 in ____" statement, you would just simplify the fraction, something taught in elementary mathematics, even these days.

So buying 5 tickets would make your odds of winning the jackpot ..... drum roll please ..... 1 in 35,142,307.2

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If you buy a \$1 ticket, your odds are 1 in 175,711,536. However, you can increase your odds by purchasing multiple lines. So if you buy a \$5 quick pick, your odds are 1 in 35,142,307(175,711,536 / 5). I happen to have \$13 worth of tickets, so my odds would be 1 in 13,516,272, which is about the same as a single line in a Pick 6/49 Lotto game.

Sorry Guru101 the odds do not work that way, example  if you spent \$13 your odds will be 13 in 175,711,536. Play to win

Chief Bottle Washer
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 Posted: January 3, 2011, 10:51 pm - IP Logged

Sorry Guru101 the odds do not work that way, example  if you spent \$13 your odds will be 13 in 175,711,536. Play to win

You are both stating the same thing, in fact.

Stating the odds as "13 in 175,711,536" is the same exact thing as saying "1 in 13,516,272".

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or,  you could look at it this way from an additional common sense perspective......

even if one did buy \$100 worth in a game that has 176 milllion to 1 odds,  you realistically are still not giving yourself better odds of winning anything........ in light of the fact that people cannot even win the pick3 with any consistentcy,  and that after supposedly "effectively" covering the matrix field with more saturation vs dollar(s) spent.

since we are discussing increasing one's odds/probability by buying more tickets,  when was the last time you heard of anybody that spent over \$1000 on tix and won a jackpot?   ......i figured if we were debating buying 5 more tix to increase odds,  why not 1,000?

truthfully,  it's a rare oddity to find anyone (or have someone admit to it) that spends over \$100 a draw,  and almost extinct are the stories of those that do buy over \$100 and win.   that's because everyone really knows what those odds represent

fate based allows the person to sleep better before AND after the draw.

if throwing more amounts of money at a draw "increases" one's odds,  then why wait until the jackpot reaches \$330 million.

that same "logic" would theoretically work at \$12 million,  if it worked at all.

and i know everyone in here wouldn't return a \$12million dollar check,  so then,  why don't people throw \$100 a draw at \$12 million?   (.... you know why they don't)

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You are both stating the same thing, in fact.

Stating the odds as "13 in 175,711,536" is the same exact thing as saying "1 in 13,516,272".

Ok now i understand!

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You are both stating the same thing, in fact.

Stating the odds as "13 in 175,711,536" is the same exact thing as saying "1 in 13,516,272".

You might be right but buying 87,855,768 tickets does not reduce the odds to 1 in 2 - there are still almost 88 millions possible combinations left over.

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You are both stating the same thing, in fact.

Stating the odds as "13 in 175,711,536" is the same exact thing as saying "1 in 13,516,272".

I like the math.  I now have a 1 in 351,423 chance.  Going out to get more tomorrow to reduce that even further.

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go for it buddy..

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I will be there in Olympia sharing the manmoth spoil. Joint Winners!

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so 2 tickets dont double your chances? o man i knew i should have got a pick 3 instead

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I will be there in Olympia sharing the manmoth spoil. Joint Winners!

As long as you are sharing it wth me!

All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!

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If you buy a \$1 ticket, your odds are 1 in 175,711,536. However, you can increase your odds by purchasing multiple lines. So if you buy a \$5 quick pick, your odds are 1 in 35,142,307(175,711,536 / 5). I happen to have \$13 worth of tickets, so my odds would be 1 in 13,516,272, which is about the same as a single line in a Pick 6/49 Lotto game.

Nope.

Every line of numbers you play is up against the same odds, there is only one set of winning numbers drawn.

barbos is right.

If the fractionalizing theory worked people would just form pools and bet enough to "make sure" they won. Ha ha ha, the lottery loves that. They have this all figured out.

Take a pick 5 game where the odds are 575,757 to one. \$5000 in tickets, according to your thoey, would bring the odds down to 115 to one. \$20,000 would make the odds 28 to one. If it worked people would be taking out loans and winning \$100,000 or more a pop.

And if you're theory worked on Mega Millions it would never have rolled over 15 times to get to a \$330,000,000 jackpot.

You have \$13 worth of tickets, each one up against odds of 175,711,536.

You are up against 175,711,536: 1 - 13 times.

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

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.

Chief Bottle Washer
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 Posted: January 4, 2011, 7:27 am - IP Logged

You might be right but buying 87,855,768 tickets does not reduce the odds to 1 in 2 - there are still almost 88 millions possible combinations left over.

Actually, that's exactly what it does.

Simplifying the fraction yields 1 in 2.

You seem to be caught up in the "wow, it's hard to win" syndrome.  Yes, it is hard to win indeed.  Buying several tickets does not make it easy to win.  However, it is important not to confuse the mathematics about it with the reality that any way you express it, it is still very hard and rare to win.

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