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How do you pick your powerball numbers?

I let the machine quick pick them [ 10 ]  [27.03%]
I pick my own random numbers [ 10 ]  [27.03%]
I use online random generators [ 3 ]  [8.11%]
I pick my own numbers according to special dates [ 3 ]  [8.11%]
I have custom built a ball dispenser [ 1 ]  [2.70%]
I dream them [ 2 ]  [5.41%]
Meditation [ 1 ]  [2.70%]
All the above [ 7 ]  [18.92%]
Total Valid Votes [ 37 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 7 ]  
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Posted: October 9, 2005, 3:37 am - IP Logged

I use a combination all of all the above. Has anyone ever built their own ball dispenser? I remember doing this when I was a kid with some ping pong balls and a milk jug. I am currently working on a updated version that is a little more technologically advanced. :) Course I am sure the clerk at Walmart was wondering why I was buying 10 packs of table tennis balls, circle labels, and black markers. 

 

Thinking of...

 

 

Course I am sure someone else has had to have done so, maybe to hold their own raffle or something? lol.

I had no idea how much fun it would be. Computer generated picks are not cutting it too well for me, so I figured why not go with balls! All I need now is a suction device to create a vacuum, perhaps a sweeper pipe would suffice? But only one ball at a time is able to exit regardless, with the aid of good ole gravity.

 

So we'll see how it goes. Maybe I will use my device for nightly draws, and a computer generated one for day time drawings. LOL But hey, I have dedicated so much energy and thought to the lottery for quite some time now, so I may as well make it more fun! I sm sure it would make for a great "winner's story."

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    Posted: October 9, 2005, 10:03 am - IP Logged

    I let the computer pick mine, not having any luck with it though

    maybe it will get better.

    Follow your dreamsCoffee

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      Posted: October 9, 2005, 10:28 am - IP Logged

      I gave up on systems. one quickpick with the powerplay in PB for every draw is the limit of my lottery involvement now.

      Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.

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        Posted: October 9, 2005, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

        I've been using a program, sometimes it's good, sometimes it horrible.  I'm starting to realize that ANY set of numbers is and will be just as good as any other - to include 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.  Any set of numbers still has 1 in a 14 million chance of hitting.  The lottery is really starting to frustrate me guys.  I play, play and play some more, I use programs, crunch numbers, study - still nothing.  I still think positive though.  Maybe one day.  Good Luck to All

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          Posted: October 9, 2005, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

          I have what i call personel picks... numbers that relate to my family. birth dates and such. would have won 50 grand if i had played last week. didnt bother to take the ride to DC getting over the sting of having been a procrastinator.

           

           

          Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

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            Posted: October 9, 2005, 1:55 pm - IP Logged

            I pick my own random numbers.  With my own RNG, I can control the looks of my combinations, avoid combinations that have hit before, avoid picking smaller combinations more than once, control which numbers are in the mix and get a better mix of numbers in a small group.  The combinations that I pick aren't better than the ones that are picked by the machine but I like them better.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: October 9, 2005, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

              Sirbrad,

              What my wife and I used to do was use a home bingo "machine" and we labeled the balls with the lottery numbers, turned the wheel a few times and out comes a ball.

              I wonder if they still make those.  The cage containing the balls was about the size of a 16" softball and had wooden balls.  The ball would drop into a slot when you stopped rolling the crank.  (It was fun, but she thought I was a lunatic).

              That was the best re-creation of an actual lottery drawing I've ever tried....I might shop around and see if I can find one again.

              Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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                Posted: October 9, 2005, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

                I have one of those bingo baskets.  The plastic? balls are about 5/8" diameter and are numbered from 01 to 75.  It is fun to play with but I have not had any luck either.  Maybe I should use as a "wheel" mixing my pool numbers.

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                  Posted: October 9, 2005, 6:17 pm - IP Logged

                  Where can these bingo baskets be bought? Online, or at local reatilers?

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                    Posted: October 9, 2005, 6:25 pm - IP Logged

                    Ah ok I saw a few at amazon. Cool. Seems to be pretty small and compact as well.

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                      Posted: October 9, 2005, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

                      I have used a variety of different methods in the past. I usually do quick picks, but lately I've been using systems or picking my own numbers instead of going the qp route.

                      Dance like no one is watching.

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                        Posted: October 9, 2005, 10:37 pm - IP Logged

                        I have always picked my own #'s (up to 10 sets) That I play no matter what the jackpot is! Big Grin But when I go to play additional #'s beyond my usual 10 sets, I just pick more #'s! Wink When the PB jackpot hits 75 Million I play up to 30 sets of #'s (20 sets over my usual. I keep those extra 20 sets on stand-by at all times)! Twitch I know this Wednesday night for PB I'll be picking another 20 sets of #'s for a total of 50 dollars worth of tickets! Shocked 

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                          Posted: October 10, 2005, 6:49 am - IP Logged

                          Once I heard this story when a guy from UK always picked the same numbers...for years. One day he was late to buy a ticket and BINGO his numbers hit! He was so depressed and...hanged himself.

                           

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                            Posted: October 10, 2005, 7:45 am - IP Logged

                            That is why you always buy your tickets the day before...at the latest!

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                              Posted: October 10, 2005, 11:27 am - IP Logged

                              Yes, I always buy my tickets no later than the day before the draw.

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