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# Mega Millions Math

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Marquette, MI
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 Posted: August 20, 2005, 10:27 am - IP Logged

I have been writing letters to editors and to the Mega Millions websight here is the response I got from MM

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Dear Player,

Thank you. I've passed this information on to our Online Games manager.

Lottery PR Department

>>> "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxx.com> >>>
The Mega Millions (and powerball) game has a MAJOR FLAW!

If you buy 46 easy pick tickets your odds are 175,711,536 to 46

However if you buy the same set of 5 numbers with each mega ball
(1,2,3,4,5-1 thru 1,2,3,4,5-46 for example) your odds become that of
winning second prize or 3,819,816 to 1!  This, in essence, makes the mega
millions a multistate 6/40 game where the tickets cost \$46

once people come to this realization the jackpots wont roll as much

You NEED to FIX this one FAST!!!

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NOTE: the odds on a 6/40 are 3,838,380

Greenwich, CT
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 Posted: August 20, 2005, 10:55 am - IP Logged

175,711,536 to 46

Is the same thing as

3,819,816 to 1

There's no flaw.

Atlantic Mine, Michigan
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 Posted: August 20, 2005, 11:25 am - IP Logged

That is probably the best way to play the game.  Spend 46 dollars and play the same 5 white balls.  You gaurantee yourself at least \$2 back and if those 5 white balls come up you will win the jackpot and make the 2nd tier prize para-mutual.  So really you cut your odds down to 1 in less than 4 million.  What is wrong with that?

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 Posted: August 20, 2005, 2:07 pm - IP Logged

Put another way, if you buy all the possible combinations of 5/56, the MegaMillions game becomes a multi-state 1/46 game where the ticket cost \$3,819,816.  This might mean something to a players in California if the pari-mutuel amount for matching 5+0 ever accumulates to close that amount.

* you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket *

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 Posted: August 20, 2005, 9:50 pm - IP Logged

JAG331 says

"175,711,536 to 46

Is the same thing as

3,819,816 to 1

There's no flaw."

Jag, you are missing something subtle here!  With the odds being 175,711,536 to 46 you have  175,711,490 losing combinations and only 46 winning combinations when the odds are 3,819,816 to 1 you have 3,819,815 losing combinations and 1 winning combination.  If you buy all 46 mega balls with the same 5 of 56 you really are improving your odds and making the game a 5/56 game!!!

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 Posted: August 20, 2005, 10:25 pm - IP Logged