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Posted: January 4, 2006, 11:57 pm - IP Logged

Just for kicks and grins, I've developed a html page to calculate how far away from the winning powerball numbers using a stack of pennies in relative miles.  Where each penny is a selection of numbers, plus powerball.  The closest I've come so far is 1.89 miles.

 

http://webpages.charter.net/dcronin/lottery

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    Posted: January 5, 2006, 2:03 am - IP Logged

    okay , you either got wayyy too  much time on your hands, or your relatively brilliant! I 'll have to flip a coin to decide which one you are though .

    sorry that i didnt visit the link, but recently had a virus crop up from following a link ...

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      Posted: January 5, 2006, 3:39 am - IP Logged

      skycruzr,

      When you say the closet you've come to winning the powerball is 1.89 miles, do you mean that had you bought your ticket at a store 2 miles down the road you might have been closer to winning?  Or are you just BSing to get people to visit your website?

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: January 5, 2006, 1:29 pm - IP Logged

        I always buy my lotto tickets within 2 miles, but not successful of winning anything more than $23 [2001].

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          Posted: January 5, 2006, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

          skycruzr,

          When you say the closet you've come to winning the powerball is 1.89 miles, do you mean that had you bought your ticket at a store 2 miles down the road you might have been closer to winning?  Or are you just BSing to get people to visit your website?

          Or do you mean that if you lined up every combination in sequence and each penny represented a combination in that sequence you were 159,667 combinations away from the winning set of numbers.....Or are you really just BSing like RJoh says.....

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            Posted: January 5, 2006, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

            fja,

            I never thought of sequencing the combinations of PowerBall from 1 to 146,107,962 (1 2 3 4 5 +1 to 51 52 53 54 55 +42) which brings up some other questions.  If one knows the sequence of the winning number, how far away are the 41 combinations that matched 5+0?  Could a 3+1 combination be closer and pay less?  If a closer combination paid less, what is the value of being close?  Do such information have any value?

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: January 6, 2006, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

              I haven't done this sequence thing for a game with a bonus ball, but to answer the question regarding 'closeness' of the almost wons (lower tier prizes), these are varying distances from the top prize sequencewise.  Some are clustered near it but most are scattered . The main factor is the winner itself. Winners that begin with (2 or 3) low numbers, or are mostly high numbers, have their lower tier prizes clustered more than 'wide spread' sets.

              If that is hard to visualize, consider the pick 3 numbers 000 to 999. if 123 is the winner, the six ways it can fall are 'clustered' closer together than the six numbers generated by 149. (Played 'box', of course)

              I would say that the potential value of such info depends on if you believe it has some.

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                Posted: January 6, 2006, 1:23 pm - IP Logged

                fja,

                I never thought of sequencing the combinations of PowerBall from 1 to 146,107,962 (1 2 3 4 5 +1 to 51 52 53 54 55 +42) which brings up some other questions.  If one knows the sequence of the winning number, how far away are the 41 combinations that matched 5+0?  Could a 3+1 combination be closer and pay less?  If a closer combination paid less, what is the value of being close?  Do such information have any value?

                the 41 combinations that matched 5+0 would be within 30.76 inches of the winning combination.  As far as value....a tossed horse shoe has more value than this type of analyzing.....Thumbs Down 

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                  Posted: January 6, 2006, 11:34 pm - IP Logged

                  RJOh,

                  In the case of these bonus ball games, if you use the sequence (1 2 3 4 5 +1 to 51 52 53 54 55 +42), the 5+0 numbers are all evenly spaced from each other.

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                    Posted: January 7, 2006, 2:36 am - IP Logged

                    For the WV Powerball, imagine a stack of pennies 144+ miles high, where each penny is a possible winner of all possible numbers selected plus the powerball.  When I refer to mileage, I'm refering to the distance my selection of numbers, represented by a penny within the stack, are away from the winning set of numbers, the other penny in the stack.  Since it is highly unlikely I'm going to win all the numbers, my brother and I simply brag who was the closest to winning the big bucks, hence, picking all 5-numbers, plus the powerball.  Although a stack of pennies 1.89 miles long or high, is still a lot of missed permutations from hitting all 5-numbers plus the powerball.

                     B.T.W.  The script only takes into account, hitting all 5-numbers, plus the powerball.  All other winning combinations were not considered.  Nonetheless, I'll still continue to spend my buck everyweek hoping to win, and who knows... even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.  ;-P

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                      Posted: January 7, 2006, 3:19 am - IP Logged

                      Close only counts in Horseshoes and Hand Gernades

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                        Posted: January 8, 2006, 11:08 pm - IP Logged

                        Close only counts in Horseshoes and Hand Gernades

                        ... and lotto-type games that pay on 3/5 and 4/5 matches.

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