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Mega Millions lottery winner recounts epic win

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Posted: January 8, 2011, 5:51 pm - IP Logged

see its basically like this......

 

80% of powerball/megamillion winners are all quickpick tickets. now it does happen, but very very rare of someone winning the jackpot by choosing all the numbers. the clest i have came to choosing my numbers is matching 4 off the powerball. i hit 100$ but thats all.

sometimes lottery winners lie about there number choice/pick. alot of times if they played quickpicks and win, they will claim they picked their own numbers from card games or using there birthdays/wedding anniversarys/or car tags. either way whatever method they use. it is all just purely luck!

 

and i do agree, that people who spend less money win more. because the lottery is designed to take your money. it is more of a business than a game. if you buy 100$ of quickpicks. the machine will automatically give you bad numbers. because your buying a large amount so it will take your money. many people think the more you spend the more you will win. not true at all. so more money on tickets is just throwing money in the trash.

i spend about 20$ a week on lotto tickets. 

5$ tuesday night for mega, 5$for powerball wednesday,5$ for mega on friday,and 5$ on powerball for saturday. thats howi play

wow! that is $1040 a year.You are better off putting that money on the S&P500. But it is your money, you can spend it whichever you like.GOOD LUCK ANYWAY, I WISH YOU WIN BIG.MAYBE THIS POST WILL HELP http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/225631

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    wow! that is $1040 a year.You are better off putting that money on the S&P500. But it is your money, you can spend it whichever you like.GOOD LUCK ANYWAY, I WISH YOU WIN BIG.MAYBE THIS POST WILL HELP http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/225631

    I spend the same amount on tickets every year.  But winning the lottery is certainly not my retirement plan.  I figure since I'm debt free (no car payments, mortgage, or credit card balances), don't smoke, rarely drink, don't have Starbucks everyday, rarely buy designer clothes, and 30% of my income already goes into savings (IRA and brokerage) I can afford to spend $20/week on PB/MM tickets.

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      Posted: January 9, 2011, 1:06 am - IP Logged

      That you can.  I consider it part of my entertainment budget.  Nothing wrong with putting whatever you can afford into dreams, especially if all your priorities are taken care of.

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        Posted: January 9, 2011, 10:46 am - IP Logged

        now that was a lottery story!Thumbs Up

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          Posted: January 9, 2011, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

          The above is how the abc news radio calculated the odds... But
           
          Since for that to happen a player would need at least 2 tickets, I would figure the odds this way

          The odds of winning the jackpot (5/5+1/49) = 2 : 175,711,536
          The odds of matching (4/5+0/49) for $150    2 : 15,313

          The odd of getting both at the same time equals

           2 : 15,313      2 : 175,711,536 4 :  2,690,670,750,768  or     1  :  672,667,687,692  *

          * Which would be even less if the player had more than 2 chances.

          Unless a ticket can win 2 prizes  you can't have odds of 2 in 175,711,536 and also 2 in 15,313.

          Among the many possibilities for tickets 1 and 2 are ticket 1 winning the jackpot and ticket 2 winning 4+0.  The odds of that is 1 in 175,711,536 * 1 in 15,313, which is the 1 in 2.7 trillion previously noted. Of course there's also the chance of ticket 1 winning 4+0 and ticket 2 winning the jackpot, which is also 1 in 2.7 trillion. The correct odds of one or the other happening is 2 in 2.7 trillion,  or 1 in 1.35 trillion. FWIW, that's  2 in 175.711,536 * 1 in 15,313

          Of course that assumes that each ticket has random numbers and there ar eonly the two tickets. Since the tickets shared numbers, the chances of the second ticket winning 4+0 becomes a conditional event with (much lower) odds that depend on the outcome of the first event. Given the resulkts that made the one ticket a winner, the chance of the 2nd winning  4+0 becomes a certainty.

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            Posted: January 10, 2011, 12:48 am - IP Logged

            Congrats! But now the whole world knows what they look like. It will be hard to go out in public and not be recognized, especially in their town.

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              Posted: January 10, 2011, 10:18 am - IP Logged

              I guess I will just have to settle for Wednesday's Powerball!

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                Posted: January 10, 2011, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                It will not surprise me if Mr. McCullar claim the other half in Idaho since he won in the 125 mile area! I got my tickets for Wednesday Powerball wish me luck everyone!!! No Pity!

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                  Posted: January 10, 2011, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

                  I guess I will just have to settle for Wednesday's Powerball!

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                  I need to go pick up a ticket.  Hopefully we can split the Jackpot LOL

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

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                    Posted: January 10, 2011, 4:57 pm - IP Logged

                    $24 million cash after taxes is going to be wonderful when i win this $67 million powerball wednesday!!!!!!!!!!Hippy


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                      Posted: January 15, 2011, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

                      Its better to earn ur money than playing this sh*t

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                        Posted: January 20, 2011, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

                        Since when is Post Falls, ID a suburb of Spokane, WA? There are at least 10 miles between the Spokane valley and Post Falls, with a bunch of smaller communities and the valley inbetween the two cities. They aren't even in the same state for cripe's sake! The AP is full of it as usual and everyone else is copying their mistake *sigh*.

                        I'm happy for the retired Soap Lake couple, they deserve this. I wonder why the Idaho woman never got a divorce, she has been separated from her abusive husband since 2003. It's her own fault if she has to share the winnings with the creep.

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                          Posted: January 20, 2011, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

                          LOL  Soap Lake is a very tiny town and so is Ephrata. I'm sure everybody knows them already. Now they will probably have neighbors come knocking wanting to borrow money or ask for donations. Time to buy a house elsewhere.

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                            Posted: January 20, 2011, 4:53 pm - IP Logged

                            On abc news radio they said the odds of buying the 2 sets with the $150 winner and the Jackpot winner were "2.7 trillion to one" - which is completely wrong! First of all, if you play your own #s and you had 2 different tickets your odds for the Jackpot are half of 175 million to one, and if the tickets share 4 common numbers then if you win one you AUTOMATICALLY win the other $150, so the odds are not 2.7T to 1 but 87.5 million to one.

                            Also I see that he followed Richard Lustig's prime directive of "never change your numbers".

                            I also noticed something about the winning set of numbers (other than the connection to the LOST show which I hate) - but, I cannot tell you what that is...but I am using that idea for the next drawing.

                            The "never change your numbers" rule is very true. My grandpa played the same exact numbers religiously for years and years without ever winning anything more than enough to buy a few more tickets for the next week's lottery. One time he was very ill and asked my grandma to go buy the ticket for him, since he was bed-bound. She forgot the slip with the numbers at home and did a quick pick instead. 5 of his regular numbers came up but because grandma didn't play them, he only had one number on the ticket. He was extremely upset to put it nicely. I still remember seeing the ashtray flying through the window LOL.


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                              Posted: January 22, 2011, 4:43 pm - IP Logged

                              the people that really need to win the lottery can't win it. fuk