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The Odds Debate

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Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
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Posted: December 26, 2004, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

I have been recently thinking about this subject and remember some people saying before that if you buy two tickets for a drawing you don't cut your odds from 1 in 135 million to 1 in 67.5 million.  How don't you.  If picked 5 number for the white balls in either MM or PB and had every single Mega or Power Ball with it your odds would be one in how many different combos there are for the first five balls which is around 1 in 2.8 million.  So buying 52 (for mega millions) tickets you cut your odds down to 1 in less than 3 million.  And just think if you picked those five numbers.  You would have 1 jackpot winning ticket and 51 tickets matching the first five numbers for $175,000 each.  Now that would be the day.  haha

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    Posted: December 26, 2004, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

      I don't think the lotteries would like that if that happened though.  They would probably end up paying the $175,000 prize pari-mutuel since they would hate having to pay you an extra $8,925,000.

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      Posted: December 27, 2004, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

      I cant remember the highest number of 2nd tier prizes paid out in MM but I'm almost  sure it was in the 50's or 60's for one drawing....

      "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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        Posted: December 28, 2004, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

          There were 56 $175,000 winners on February 20, 2004 (there was one $230 million jackpot winner on that day as well).

          The last time there were no $175,000 winners for a drawing was on November 21, 2003.


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          Posted: January 26, 2005, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

          It's fun to debate the odds until you beat them.

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            Posted: January 26, 2005, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

            I agree Cash

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              Posted: January 26, 2005, 8:24 pm - IP Logged

              undress:

              Now we have to be concerned with $2 games.

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                Posted: January 26, 2005, 10:29 pm - IP Logged

                Sometimes there are an unusual large number of winners because the numbers either were "hot" or they were the kind that match ages, birthdays, etc. or patterns on bet slips.

                As long as you play 2 tickets with at least one DIFFERENT number that cuts the odds accordingly. If the sets of numbers (incl. bonus ball) is same then the best you do is get a larger SHARE of the jackpot if you win.

                One time I think a guy in Georgia? forgot he already played his numbers.. he won two shares out of 4 of the jackpot because he played twice.

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                  Posted: January 26, 2005, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

                    Actually, it was 2 out of 3 jackpot winning tickets.  That drawing occurred on November 21, 2003 and was the last divided Mega Millions jackpot to date.

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                    Posted: January 27, 2005, 12:40 am - IP Logged

                    it would be one in 2.5 million and be a 5 of 52 drawing.