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# Odds calculator help...

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Honduras
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Do anyone in here is a math wiz? Does anyone know how to calculate the odds of a game that selects X amount of numbers but where you have to match X - 1 to win, Example, a pick6 1-45 lottery that draws 6 numbers but you have to match 5 to win? Here in Ga we have a game called: "win for life" where players choose 6 numbers to win and the lotto selects 6 numbers from 1 to 42 and a mega ball from 1 to 42 (making it 7 numbers in total) but you must match 6 numbers to win? Can anybody "teach" me the math involved in calculating such odds. I know how to calculate the odds of a game that has a bonus ball, but do not know how to calculate it if the amount you require to win is 1 number less.

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Do anyone in here is a math wiz? Does anyone know how to calculate the odds of a game that selects X amount of numbers but where you have to match X - 1 to win, Example, a pick6 1-45 lottery that draws 6 numbers but you have to match 5 to win? Here in Ga we have a game called: "win for life" where players choose 6 numbers to win and the lotto selects 6 numbers from 1 to 42 and a mega ball from 1 to 42 (making it 7 numbers in total) but you must match 6 numbers to win? Can anybody "teach" me the math involved in calculating such odds. I know how to calculate the odds of a game that has a bonus ball, but do not know how to calculate it if the amount you require to win is 1 number less.

pumpi76

Don't bother trying to figure out the odds for Lose for Life. As GA doesn't offer a cash option, the game is NOT worth playing.

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Match how many: Odds:
6 and bonus 1 in 220323012
6 and no bonus 1 in 5373732
5 and bonus 1 in 1020014
5 and no bonus 1 in 24878
4 and bonus 1 in 23315
4 and no bonus 1 in 569
3 and bonus 1 in 1543
3 and no bonus 1 in 38
2 and bonus 1 in 249
2 and no bonus 1 in 6
1 and bonus 1 in 97
1 and no bonus 1 in 2
0 and bonus 1 in 113
0 and no bonus 1 in 3

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How to figure odds:

Take your "Win For Life" Game 6/42 and 1/42

42 divided by 6 = 7

41 divided by 5 = 8.2

40 divided by 4 = 10

39 divided by 3 =   13

38 divided by 2 =   19

37 divided by 1 =   37

The next step is to multiply all the numbers:

7 * 8.2 * 10 * 13 * 19 * 37 = 5,245,786:1

Ok now 5,245,786:1 is for a 6/42 game with NO extra drawing.

To figure out the odds with the bonus ball (1 to 42)

Multiply 5,245,786 * 42 = 220,323,012:1

Great Odds!! LOL

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How to figure odds:

Take your "Win For Life" Game 6/42 and 1/42

42 divided by 6 = 7

41 divided by 5 = 8.2

40 divided by 4 = 10

39 divided by 3 =   13

38 divided by 2 =   19

37 divided by 1 =   37

The next step is to multiply all the numbers:

7 * 8.2 * 10 * 13 * 19 * 37 = 5,245,786:1

Ok now 5,245,786:1 is for a 6/42 game with NO extra drawing.

To figure out the odds with the bonus ball (1 to 42)

Multiply 5,245,786 * 42 = 220,323,012:1

Great Odds!! LOL

Nobody would want to play a game with odds of 1:220 million. Especially with no cash option!

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Powerball (5/56 and 1/46) you have much better chance of winning.

175,711,536:1 (Match 5 and the bonus ball)

LOL

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Here is the way I figured it:

Odds of Winning

 MATCHING NUMBERS PRIZE ODDS All 6 of 6 Winning Numbers \$1,000 a week for life 1:5,245,786 Any 5 of 6 Winning Numbers + FREE BALL \$1,000 a week for a year 1:874,298 Any 5 of 6 Winning Numbers \$600 1:24,980 Any 4 of 6 Winning Numbers + FREE BALL \$200 1:9,992 Any 4 of 6 Winning Numbers \$30 1:588 Any 3 of 6 Winning Numbers + FREE BALL \$30 1:441 Any 3 of 6 Winning Numbers \$2 1:40 Any 2 of 6 Winning Numbers + FREE BALL \$2 1:53

From the official Georgia Lottery web site!!

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guys, i don't want to know the odds, i'll like to know "how to calculate the odds of a game like that", I think that maine also has a 7 number lottery (6+1mega ball) called megabucks but you have to match 6 only to win.
Guys i don't know if the odds are correct because, because a pick7 with no bonus ball has odds of: 26,978,328. If you make a pick6 with a bonus ball: 6 numbers from 1 to 42 plus a bonus ball from 1-42 has the odds of: 220,323,012. But the difference is that you only have to match 6 and not 6+bonus ball.

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http://www.johnph77.com/math/stlot.html#multiwfl

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