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Lucky "mistake" helped Iowa man win $1 million Mega Millions lottery prize

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From the moment a lottery ticket is printed, it will either be a winner or loser. It's the drawing that makes that determination.

Is it the numbers on the ticket that match those from the drawing, or the numbers drawn that match those on the ticket?

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    From the moment a lottery ticket is printed, it will either be a winner or loser. It's the drawing that makes that determination.

    Is it the numbers on the ticket that match those from the drawing, or the numbers drawn that match those on the ticket?

    We'll put Meatman My first post was intended to shine a light on the deception of the opening line " ticket printing mishap." It's important to have discussion and debate, instead of being force fed the biased news stories.

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      I think the winner was exactly right.  If he had received all his 5 quick picks on one ticket, they would almost certainly be different numbers than what he ended up with.  That's because a random number generator typically uses a time counter as a seed value when generating the numbers.  Because of the delay in printing the second ticket containing the remaining 4 lines, he likely received completely different numbers due to the later moment in time they were generated.

      TIME IS MONEY

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        Hi all, I just confirmed with the Iowa Lottery that the set of winning numbers was indeed printed on the second ticket, the one with four plays. Disney

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          Good to know, so just to be sure after purchasing the first quick pick, ask for four more quick picks!

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            I think what he meant was that, has there not been a break like there was, some of the numbers may have repeated on his ticket that would have prevented his million dollar win. 

            I had a friend whose dad would get 5 Powerball and 5 Mega and would ask for a separate ticket for each play citing that very reason.

            There may be something to it though - on the odd occasion when I quick pick, I notice the numbers tend to repeat for tickets with 3 plays or more

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              I think the winner was exactly right.  If he had received all his 5 quick picks on one ticket, they would almost certainly be different numbers than what he ended up with.  That's because a random number generator typically uses a time counter as a seed value when generating the numbers.  Because of the delay in printing the second ticket containing the remaining 4 lines, he likely received completely different numbers due to the later moment in time they were generated.

              Good point.

              He didn't say if it was the single ticket or one of the four on the other ticket. I'm thinking if it is one of the other four, his theory is possible. If he had bought all 5 on one ticket, they would have all been bought around the same time so he would have gotten different numbers if he hadn't had that delay between the first and other four. Not sure if I'm right and we'll probably never know, but it is possible.

              I am very happy for him and hope he puts the money to good use to make his life better.

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                "Perhaps LPs roving reporter Kate Northrop could get us the inside scoop on random generated quick pick selections"

                Google will be happy to find the basic info for you. The exact details for any particular RNG will vary, and I suspect the lotteries aren't going to revel te  fine points of how their particular RNGs work. 

                "My first post was intended to shine a light on the deception of the opening line " ticket printing mishap."

                The guy clearly didn't get what he wanted or expected, so there was a mistake in printing his tickets. Mishap may not be the best word, but it's a pretty accurate description.

                "Buying single tickets or all on one ticket has absolutely no bearing on this or any drawing."

                How do you really know there's no effect?

                "Is it the numbers on the ticket that match those from the drawing, or the numbers drawn that match those on the ticket?"

                The ticket gets printed first, and then the winning numbers are drawn. Assuming the winning numbers aren't some foregone conclusion set in stone by fate, the results are determined when the winning numbers are selected and either match the numbers you played or not, but what factors determine which numbers are randomly selected? The butterfly effect says that minor changes can lead to large, and not obviously related, effects. It's easy to see some of the things that are different when the timing of the ticket purchase is changed, such as the exact time the RNG generate the numbers, and when the customer pays and leaves. Maybe that changes which car(s) they're behind and causes them to be stopped at a traffic light that would have been green if they left the store a few seconds earlier. The big mystery is the changes that aren't obvious, and whether or not things that are seemingly unrelated, such as the ball drawing, are in any way affected. It's a certainty that the minor change during the purchase changed the numbers that were generated, but without those changes perhaps it's possible that the drawing would have produced a different set of winning numbers.

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                  Congratulations Josh! I hope the money serves you enjoyment! 🙂

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                    Buying single tickets or all on one ticket has absolutely no bearing on this or any drawing. Also the explanation of it being a printing ticket mishap is inaccurate. It is entirely the result of the clerk either not hearing or understanding what the customer wanted or it was the clerk making the error which resulted in the win. He should tip the clerk extra for this but made no mention of tipping him period. Do you think his mother will leave the house to him now.

                    Do you think his mother will leave the house to him now.

                    Absolutely.

                    He paid off the balance of the remaining mortgage so she didn't have to.

                     Well done Josh,Congrats on the win