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UK Lotto players furious over 5-number payout

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Posted: March 26, 2016, 8:13 pm - IP Logged

Same type of thing happened with PA Cash 5..I believe the numbers were low, sequence.

I'd rather play a QP than choose numbers legions of players think only they will hit...

multiples of 2's, 3's 5's..etc, sequences and patterned playslip plays.

You are right.  Twice actually.  In the Cash 5, 5-10-15-20-25 were drawn.  In the Treasure hunt, 1-2-3-4-5  were drawn.

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    Posted: March 27, 2016, 6:16 am - IP Logged

    I think the people who choose those numbers (such as "1,2,3,4,5,6" or "7,14,21,28,35,42" etc.) think they are being "clever" and outsmarting the system and that nobody else will choose such numbers, which is why they are so shocked when the payout is so low...

     

    Am sure there are tons of people who keep playing 1,2,3,4,5,6 every week thinking that if it finally hits, they will be the only ones to win the jackpot

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      Posted: March 27, 2016, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

      I have to chuckle..it seems there is no safe set of numbers to pick from after reading this thread. There are just as many picking "popular numbers" as there are those attempting to pick "unpopular numbers". I say pick the numbers you like and expect there are going to be others that picked the same numbers for one reason or another.

      "Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip, conflict calms down.

      Like adding charcoal to embers or wood to fire, quarrelsome people kindle strife."

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        Posted: March 28, 2016, 9:34 pm - IP Logged

        Mega Millions and Powerball are much less extreme, but this is why I don't play those games. Lower-tier prize winners get robbed--you have a much better chance of winning $500 by playing 3-ball than you do playing Mega Millions. In fact, you have a much better chance of winning $5,000 playing the Pick 4 (odds 1 in 10,000) than you have winning $500 playing Mega Millions (1 in 52,835). The only way I'll play a huge jackpot game is if a Top 5 jackpot coincides with a major holiday--one that closes most businesses and doesn't happen on a Monday every year (I did not play the $1.3 billion jackpot--January 13 is not a major holiday).

        Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

        In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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          Posted: March 28, 2016, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

          You are right.  Twice actually.  In the Cash 5, 5-10-15-20-25 were drawn.  In the Treasure hunt, 1-2-3-4-5  were drawn.

          In Virginia, 3-6-9-12-15 won once.

          Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

          In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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            Posted: March 29, 2016, 4:57 am - IP Logged

            I have to chuckle..it seems there is no safe set of numbers to pick from after reading this thread. There are just as many picking "popular numbers" as there are those attempting to pick "unpopular numbers". I say pick the numbers you like and expect there are going to be others that picked the same numbers for one reason or another.

            If that were true then the prize breakdown tables would look about the same whether popular or unpopular numbers were drawn. But they don't. When high and boring numbers are drawn, most prize tiers have a lower number of winners and therefore a higher payout per single winning ticket. But this won't be as apparent in non pari-mutuel lotteries.