If there are 13.9 million combinations we like to say the

odds are 1 in 13.9 million because one dollar buys one

combination giving the purchaser one chance to win.

Fly to a state where you get two combinations for a dollar

the total number of combinations haven't changed, but the

odds of 1 in 13.9 million are 1 in 6.9 million because now

you have two combinations in hand for one/dollar.

In the same sense, buying two tickets for two dollars also

cuts the odds in half for what each ticket faces, but does

not change the odds for one/dollar.

Of course it's still just two combinations out of 13.9

million, but it is the same division you would use if you

were in charge of any kind of team facing a larger team,

you would divide your numbers into theirs and come up with

a figure for how many each of your team would be facing.

To be precise, the total number of lottery combinations

never change. The odds of winning do change for you

depending on how you play, but generally can't be computed

until after the draw.

For example, the decision to put ten numbers into play

rather then six reduces the odds from 1 in 13.9 million

to one in 66,589.60 of having all six among the ten as

opposed to all six among six.

To fully cover 10 numbers takes 210 combinations and 210

times 66,589.60 gives us 13.9 million so in the background

the odds didn't change overall, but they certainly did for

your chance of having the numbers among yours. Actually

even those odds didn't change, they were the odds you took

or chose to accept by putting 10 numbers into play.

So the odds don't change, but there are odds for everything

possible within the lottery and you can choose to play at

one of those odds positions and by doing so be playing at

better or worse odds of winning then the person ahead and

behind you in line.

BobP

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