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# How Lottery Numbers Work?

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dora, alabama
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 Posted: October 17, 2006, 1:44 pm - IP Logged
I know how the lottery goes, picking numbers, and such... Do your numbers have to appear in the number they're placed on your ticket? Or can they be placed anywhere as long as you have the numbers? I feel dumb asking this, but I'd like some HELP please!!!!!
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Zeta Reticuli Star System
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 Posted: October 17, 2006, 1:49 pm - IP Logged

You fill in the numbers on the playslip, give it to the clerk, they put it in the machine, and when you get the actual lottery ticket it will be in numerical order, if that's what you're asking.

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I assume you're asking about the sequence of the numbers.  You can play a set of numbers straight, box, or backup (straight and box).  The most common way is to play straight and box (backup).

The number 123 can be played 6 ways... 123 132 213 231 312 321.  If you play the number 123 box and it hits, you win regardless of which combination of 123 it is, but the prize payout is less.  If you play 123 straight and box (backup), and the number comes 123, you win both prizes for straight and box.

Good luck!

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 Posted: October 17, 2006, 3:50 pm - IP Logged
I know how the lottery goes, picking numbers, and such... Do your numbers have to appear in the number they're placed on your ticket? Or can they be placed anywhere as long as you have the numbers? I feel dumb asking this, but I'd like some HELP please!!!!!
Thanks!

No question is stupid.  (Well....a question like "why are you so tall?" maybe is stupid.) If people are rude & nasty, then it's their problem, not yours.  I often am afraid to ask too since the pick 3 and 4 games aren't as black & white as the jackpot games. I always notice on the pick 5 and 6 games they pick the numbers and then continue to show them on tv and in the news in the exact order they were drawn instead of numeric order. But the web site always displays the jackpot games in numeric order.  I know that, in the case of most games (except the 3 or 4 number ones) the order in which they are drawn has no effect on your prize.  Surge already explained the pick-3.

Surge, let's say I bet a dollar.  If I pick both straight and boxed then I am playing 50 cts on each, right?  So if the numbers come in straight then I get \$250 instead of \$500?  I thought a person had to spend a buck for each way you want the numbers to be drawn like first 2, last 2, etc. At least that was what I assumed after reading the instructions on the FL web site.

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 Posted: October 17, 2006, 4:55 pm - IP Logged

Not sure if you ask for Pick 3/4 game or Pick 5 / 6 or 5+1 game.

In Pick 3 and Pick 4 sequence is important but depending how you wager you can get smaller prize for not-correct order. See above posts.

In Pick 5 or Pick 6 or Pick 5+1 game, order is not important. Usually it is presented in ascending order so it is just easier to read.

/derek7

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 Posted: October 17, 2006, 5:03 pm - IP Logged
I know how the lottery goes, picking numbers, and such... Do your numbers have to appear in the number they're placed on your ticket? Or can they be placed anywhere as long as you have the numbers? I feel dumb asking this, but I'd like some HELP please!!!!!
Thanks!

imthelush...the answer to your question depends greatly upon which game is being played.

Mega Millions, Powerball and CA Super Lotto Plus are variations of a Pick 6 game.  They are 5/1 games,  i.e. you  pick a total of six numbers.  For the 5/1 games you need to pick 5 numbers from a pool of numbers (56 for Mega Millions) and then 1 number from another pool of numbers (46 for Mega Millions). For these games it does not matter what order the first set of 5 numbers are drawn, just that you match the numbers, trust me that is hard enough!

For other games, commonly known as Pick 3, Pick 4 or Pick 5 games the rules are set for each game and they can vary state to state.   I am not that familar with these games as I limit my lottery play to the 5/1 games available in California, Mega Millions and Super Lotto Plus.

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 Posted: October 17, 2006, 6:10 pm - IP Logged

Yes, you're playing \$0.50 on each, straight and box.

Here is how it works in Ohio...

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