|Posted: April 16, 2006, 4:41 pm - IP Logged|
I realize that there have been many topics about QPs. I also know that any set of numbers can win a lottery, even 1-2-3-4-5-6 or 47-48-49-50-51-52. But historically, overall the numbers follow some sort of pattern. The 3 QPs I got last night for the 6/53 Lotto were ridiculous like having 24-25-26-27 on one line. Another had 7-31 as the first 2 numbers. That being said, 5-24-25-33-38-43 won $50M in Dec. However, there weren't 4 numbers in any one group like the single numbers, 20s or 30s.
Here's a question that I thought was stupid at first, but maybe it isn't so far fetched. Do all the QPs people buy cause the jackpot to rollover so much? What I mean is, if all the thousands of people who just get QPs bothered to work out a set of numbers and filled out a card, does anyone here think it would have an effect on the results? I'm just not sure how these numbers are generated. The answer for PB on a state website is: "The quick-pick algorithm resides in the store's terminal. Each time it is seeded with several randomizer keys based on time and previous terminal activity." I don't play PB, but I'm assuming the same applies to the state lottery.
I'm no mathematical genius, so maybe someone here can explain that statement to me. Are they saying that where you buy ticket is important based on activity? If a store is very busy and sells thousands of tickets an hour will you have a better shot, or is a store in Podunk just as likely to have a winner with a QP?