Which game to play; that is the question. Pick 3 has odds of 1 to 1000. Pick 4 has odds of 1 to 10,000. Pick 5 has odds of 1 to 575,757. Powerball/Mega Millions has odds of 1 to impossible.

Putting odds aside for the moment, let's look at the jackpots. In P3, I could win $500 if I were to pick the 3 correct numbers. P4 would give me $5000. So what are my chances of picking the correct number sequence? My chances are zero; your chances might be different. I know my life and my life experiences tell me that I will never pick the right combination without a whole lot of help ( or luck). Knowing this I have decided to go for the big money; I wll go for the P5 game. Then when I do hit, there will be a jackpot worth having.

Right from the get-go, I have to make a decision. Do I want to reduce the "playing field" to, say, 7 numbers ( or 10, or 20, or 25 numbers)? This seems to be the right path to follow and so I took; the road less traveled as far as I was concerned.

Back in 1995, this is the way I went. I spent three years trying to reduce the playing field to no avail. No matter what I did there never occurred the first instance of a reduced playing field possessing the five winning numbers. I substracted three; added two; multiplied by Pi. I took the first three numbers, summed them, the divided that sum by the sum of the last two numbers. This gave me a ratio. I programmed my computer to find all the combination that produced the ratio I thought would appear in the next draw. Forty reams of paper later, I realized there was no way to predict with any degree of certainty the future ratio. So I went back to the drawing board.

I learned a lot from those three years. I learned there is no mathmatical way to determine what the next draw will bring. I learned the true meaning of the word "random". I learned that only fools think they can develop a system to win the lottory. Being such a fool, I continued on.

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