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Quickpick..more like quickjip!

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Posted: February 22, 2005, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

Last Saturday I played 12 tickets of powerball.  Since I'm aware that 70% of all jackpot winners do so by quickpick I chose that method.  However, when I looked at my tickets I was surprised to see that my numbers weren't all that random.  Here is what my first line on each play started with

01, 02, 04, 04, 04, 04, 07, 07, 08, 08, 08, 22. 

Now I'm no math genius, but somehow it seems totally ridiculous that something like that would happen.  The odds of getting so many similar numbers in a truly random enviornment would probably be alot higher that winning the powerball.  Needless to say I'm going to use an online random number generator from now on...Any thoughts?

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    Posted: February 22, 2005, 7:25 pm - IP Logged

    thats happened to me before when i've gotten them on one ticket. ever since then, when i do get quick-picks, i get them on seperate tickets...

                                                 

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      Posted: February 22, 2005, 9:18 pm - IP Logged

      i've had similar instances happen. that's why sometimes i will choose some of my numbers, but not all.

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        Quote: Originally posted by MADDOG10 on February 22, 2005


        thats happened to me before when i've gotten them on one ticket. ever since then, when i do get quick-picks, i get them on seperate tickets...



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          Posted: February 22, 2005, 10:53 pm - IP Logged
          Quote: Originally posted by ineed9million on February 22, 2005



          Last Saturday I played 12 tickets of powerball.  Since I'm aware that 70% of all jackpot winners do so by quickpick I chose that method.  However, when I looked at my tickets I was surprised to see that my numbers weren't all that random.  Here is what my first line on each play started with

          01, 02, 04, 04, 04, 04, 07, 07, 08, 08, 08, 22. 

          Now I'm no math genius, but somehow it seems totally ridiculous that something like that would happen.  The odds of getting so many similar numbers in a truly random enviornment would probably be alot higher that winning the powerball.  Needless to say I'm going to use an online random number generator from now on...Any thoughts?





            Geez, were you in the wrong place at the wrong time!
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            Posted: February 22, 2005, 10:53 pm - IP Logged
            Quote: Originally posted by ineed9million on February 22, 2005



            Last Saturday I played 12 tickets of powerball.  Since I'm aware that 70% of all jackpot winners do so by quickpick I chose that method.  However, when I looked at my tickets I was surprised to see that my numbers weren't all that random.  Here is what my first line on each play started with

            01, 02, 04, 04, 04, 04, 07, 07, 08, 08, 08, 22. 

            Now I'm no math genius, but somehow it seems totally ridiculous that something like that would happen.  The odds of getting so many similar numbers in a truly random enviornment would probably be alot higher that winning the powerball.  Needless to say I'm going to use an online random number generator from now on...Any thoughts?




            The reason you get groupings is because a computer is generating the random numbers - not something that computers are particularly good at!  One of the reasons I don't think they should be used to conduct lottery drawings either!  (This is coming from a computer guy.)

             

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              Posted: February 22, 2005, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

              Well, PA's computers are really bad at making quick picks, at least worse than NJ. So I wouldn't base quick pick judgements off of Pennsylvania's.

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                Posted: February 23, 2005, 1:07 am - IP Logged

                No combination looks stupid when it wins. True it's a bit odd that it would start like that but I've seen some stupid looking combinations I wish I had played.

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                  Posted: February 23, 2005, 2:17 am - IP Logged

                  When we were in the lotto pool for mega millions i told the person the same thing every time they got the tickets from the same machine 100 dollars worh of like numbers. I repeatedly told them to get the tickets from different places so we would have a greater varity of numbers. too much trouble they said so i got out of the pool. So its a good ides to get seperate tickets or in the dvent your going to buy a lot of tickets get them at different locations.

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                        I got one quick pick for the Pick 6 in Arizona last Saturday:

                                                    3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 10

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                      Posted: February 23, 2005, 7:23 am - IP Logged
                      Quote: Originally posted by ineed9million on February 22, 2005



                      Last Saturday I played 12 tickets of powerball.  Since I'm aware that 70% of all jackpot winners do so by quickpick I chose that method.  However, when I looked at my tickets I was surprised to see that my numbers weren't all that random.  Here is what my first line on each play started with

                      01, 02, 04, 04, 04, 04, 07, 07, 08, 08, 08, 22. 

                      Now I'm no math genius, but somehow it seems totally ridiculous that something like that would happen.  The odds of getting so many similar numbers in a truly random enviornment would probably be alot higher that winning the powerball.  Needless to say I'm going to use an online random number generator from now on...Any thoughts?





                      George, it seems to me that RNGs very often are not so random when they must produce random numbers in "quick succession". I can only figure it has to do with the program itself. So when you're asking for multiple RNs on one ticket it needs to spit them out in muliliseconds, and I personally wonder if it doesn't "reset" itself (for lack of a better term).

                      Therefore, whenever getting quickpicks, I agree with others that if you are going to do so, make them separate tickets. You get a better random spread that way.  I usually still pick my own and I figure that even my "personal" random method (even if its nothing more than just letting my pen hit 5 different numbers on the playslip and hitting the first Powerball number my eye lights upon) works as well as anything. I've actually won $100 on Powerball a couple of times just "rapidly hitting 5 numbers" on the playslip. ANd I've never won that much from the terminal's RNG.

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                        ok so today i got 5 more dollars worth of powerball tickets...this time in delaware.  i mixed it up with 3 lines of my own numbers and two lines of quickpick numbers.  it seems to have helped...everything looks totally random as far as the quickpicks are concerned...

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                          i forgot to mention, i was getting gas in PA and I was waiting in line behind a little old lady.  She was playing powerball and specifically asked that the cashier put each play on a different ticket...so i got to see some the advice i received in action.  too bad the lady had about 40 plays...it took about 10 minutes for her to get everything done.

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                            Quote: Originally posted by lazyjim on February 23, 2005



                                I got one quick pick for the Pick 6 in Arizona last Saturday:

                                                            3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 10

                                                           Random Schmandom




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                              Posted: February 23, 2005, 8:37 pm - IP Logged
                              Quote: Originally posted by ineed9million on February 23, 2005


                              too bad the lady had about 40 plays...it took about 10 minutes for her to get everything done.


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