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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: September 8, 2006, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

Once in a while you'll hear this story:

"I have a friend who didn't play her numbers last week and she lost $20 million!" Some people swear it's happened to them.  "I forgot to buy a ticket last night and my numbers were drawn." The odds are so great, it almost seems unbelievable.

I realize my obsession with playing the same numbers isn't rational, but I haven't changed them in over 12 years.  I often think about changing games or buying quickpicks instead, but I keep remembering those horror stories. 

So, is there anyone on this board who can honestly say he/she would have won a jackpot but switched or forgot to play that night? 

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    Posted: September 8, 2006, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

    That scenario has never happened to me.  When I started to play the lottery over 10 years ago I was faithful with the same numbers and did not hit much.  I realized that the numbers are in a state of constant change and it is true that if you play the same numbers you could easily hit a jackpot.  But it is also true that you could never hit a jackpot and for me I do not play that many numbers so I like to change my numbers every drawing.  If I keep a set of numbers it is no more than 2 weeks for Powerball and 5 weeks for Mega Millions.  Good luck with your numbers I hope they hit for you.-weshar75

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      Posted: September 8, 2006, 8:31 pm - IP Logged

      The numbers that I quit playing, 10 years ago, still haven't hit or even come close.

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        Posted: September 8, 2006, 8:31 pm - IP Logged

        I have stopped playing some numbers and wondered if they could have been the jackpot. I fill out tickets slips  and keep some of them, put them away. I could have winning numbers and not know it. That would be disappointing if they had been winners and I didn't play them. I play different numbers every few weeks plus insta piks. If you feel good about some numbers keep playing them.

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          Posted: September 8, 2006, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

          no - still waiting

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            Posted: September 8, 2006, 9:46 pm - IP Logged

            I used to play the same numbers too but quit. Years later they never showed up so what does that tell you? Change can be a good thing.

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              Posted: September 8, 2006, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

              That is a story I hope to never tell.

              I forget my numbers 10 minutes after I check them!  So, I'll never know if they came in or didn't come in.

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                Posted: September 8, 2006, 10:00 pm - IP Logged

                I'm sure it really has happened to some people, but a lot more people than it really happened to tell such stories....would shoulda coulda

                The clerks where we play told us that a guy that comes in everyday has been playing the same pick 3 for over 4 years and it hasn't hit....

                Let's see, with a payout of $500 for $1 straight, and saying he plays just mid day or just evening, 365 x's 4 = 1,460....well, you get the idea...

                "You're stuck $1,460 so far, chasing a $500 payoff"

                "But these are my lucky numbers"

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                  Posted: September 9, 2006, 3:16 am - IP Logged

                  That is a story I hope to never tell.

                  I forget my numbers 10 minutes after I check them!  So, I'll never know if they came in or didn't come in.

                  Big Smile

                  A very good reason to buy a quickpick!  If I don't think about a number for a long time or play it more than once or twice, I'll probably forget it too. I think I'm stuck with these after 12 years, as crazy as it sounds. Crazy 

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                    Posted: September 9, 2006, 8:29 am - IP Logged

                    Once in a while you'll hear this story:

                    "I have a friend who didn't play her numbers last week and she lost $20 million!" Some people swear it's happened to them.  "I forgot to buy a ticket last night and my numbers were drawn." The odds are so great, it almost seems unbelievable.

                    I realize my obsession with playing the same numbers isn't rational, but I haven't changed them in over 12 years.  I often think about changing games or buying quickpicks instead, but I keep remembering those horror stories. 

                    So, is there anyone on this board who can honestly say he/she would have won a jackpot but switched or forgot to play that night? 

                    If she had played those numbers nothing says those numbers would have been drawn by the lottery company. Everything is just coincidences.

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                      Posted: September 9, 2006, 10:15 am - IP Logged

                      Good topic...

                       

                      I have one full card ( 5 plays ) on the GA Fantasy 5 I have been playing for several years now without a 5 of 5. Several times 3 of 5, but not even one 4 of 5...

                      I don't play them every draw, but I see the numbers every day and I hope I don't see "my numbers" when I don't play them. That would be tough to swallow..

                      In retrospect, I wish I never continued playing them. I do better with QP's, but since they are memorized I have to play them....

                       

                      DD

                       

                                                     

                                    

                       

                       

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                        Posted: September 9, 2006, 10:51 am - IP Logged

                        Justxploring

                        If you continue, maybe year 13 will be the lucky one.

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                          Posted: September 9, 2006, 11:05 am - IP Logged

                          Since I pick and check my numbers using a computer, I have a record of all the combinations I've played until I delete them.  Occasionally I recheck some of my old picks before I delete them and so far none would have won big if I had kept playing them.  I think the odds of having played a combination that would have won are not much better than the odds of playing a combination that will win.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: September 9, 2006, 12:06 pm - IP Logged

                            I guess this is "kinda" related to this topic.  One time about or year or so ago I played about $15 worth of QP's in Tennessee for Powerball.  I didn't win anything on those tickets in TN; however, I held on to them for some reason.  The following Tuesday I saw the Mega Millions numbers...  I would have matched 4/5 plus the megaball if I had played those numbers.  Needless to say I was pretty sick for the rest of the week after that one.  (Considering MM is played in GA which is less than 15 miles from where I live).

                            How are you going to win if you don't play?

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                              I guess this is "kinda" related to this topic.  One time about or year or so ago I played about $15 worth of QP's in Tennessee for Powerball.  I didn't win anything on those tickets in TN; however, I held on to them for some reason.  The following Tuesday I saw the Mega Millions numbers...  I would have matched 4/5 plus the megaball if I had played those numbers.  Needless to say I was pretty sick for the rest of the week after that one.  (Considering MM is played in GA which is less than 15 miles from where I live).

                              Actually, this is related and exactly what I mean. So take that sick feeling and multiply it by 12 years and think of how you'd feel if you stopped playing.  It's almost some form of addiction I suppose.  I keep thinking of the time I was in Vegas about 25 years ago and played roulette for a while. I must have lost $100 or more (in 1980 dollars) and bet on 22 several times. I got up when I had no chips left and heard "22!"  It was the very next spin.  I know the odds for a 6/53 game, and I doubt if my picks would hit if I change, but I don't know if I dare take the risk. Agree with DD about QPs. That's what I was planning to buy instead since every jackpot in FL has been won with a QP.  In one news release, a man who had been playing the same numbers since 1995 said he decided to buy a QP for the first time and he won.