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what are the odds?

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Posted: January 31, 2007, 10:49 pm - IP Logged

on a pick 5  35 number  lottery game  if I do 3 nine number wheels  covering 27 of the 35 numbers  odds must be somewhat better than  1-350,000ish 

 

if would think  cut  1-100,000  I know the % rate of getting all 5 numbers on one 9 # wheel is less than  1%

 

nine number wheels are cheap  4/5 -9 number is only 9 bucks so for under 30 bucks you can  do 3 of them  and cover quite a few

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    Posted: February 1, 2007, 9:35 am - IP Logged

    thanks codmaster, i feel the same way too.

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      Posted: February 1, 2007, 11:58 am - IP Logged

      Codmaster.  Now that's an interesting twist!

      I would like to help, but I'm not sure what you're asking.  Could you rephrase your question? 

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        Posted: February 1, 2007, 2:03 pm - IP Logged

        purchased  3  wheels  9 numbers  4/5 garentee  --example  1-9 picks on the 1st wheel

                                                                        10-18 picks on the 2nd wheel

                                                                          19-27 picks on the 3rd wheel

        [[[picks=your favorite combo of 9 numbers as long as they are not in the other 2 wheels]]

        so allthough 27 numbers are covered  they still have to get 5 winning number on 1 wheel  just wonderin if the odds where a bit less than playin 1 ticket  with 1 in 350,000 odds

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          Posted: February 1, 2007, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

          Ok.  First, wheeling doesn't reduce your odds.  There are 324,632 possible lines in a 5/35 game, and nothing can be done to change that.  However, wheeling can be helpful if you have a favorite number, or a key number that you think is going to appear.

          Regarding your question, I believe you want a 4/5 guarantee if 4 numbers show up in that set; to do so you would need to play 30 lines (Wheel used: Abbreviated 4 if 4 of 9) to cover all possible 4/5 matches.

          30 lines for the first nine numbers....30 for the second nine (10-18)....30 for the third nine (19-27).

          You would have to play 90 lines to guarantee hitting 4 numbers in one of your three wheels, provided that just one wheel contains all four numbers.

          Grouping all 90 lines together, your odds of matching 4/5 on one of the lines are 1 in 3607.  This is not an improvement in the odds of winning.  On any given line, the odds will always be 1 in 324,632. 

          You will spend 90 times as much money, therefore your chances of winning as a whole get 90 times greater.  I hope this helps!  Main thing to remember....wheeling does not reduce the odds.

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            Posted: February 1, 2007, 4:22 pm - IP Logged

            right ok thanks  no matter what  for each ticket its still 1-350k shot  so basicly im just taking more shots  in a numbered order so to speak at the same odds 

            i was thinkin like

            1 ticket 1-350k odds

            2 tickets 1-175k odds etc etc

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              Posted: February 1, 2007, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

              You're welcome.  You can always find the odds by dividing the total number of combinations by the total number of different tickets you've purchased.

              So if you bought 10 different tickets for this game, divide 324,632 (total number) by 10 (number you purchased) to get the odds that you will win the jackpot.  There is a 1 in 32,463 chance that you will hit 5/5 if you purchase 10 distinct tickets.

              Buy 500 tickets?  1 in 649 chance that you'll be holding a 5/5 winner.

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                Posted: February 2, 2007, 10:48 pm - IP Logged

                yea  ok thats what i was thinkin  cool  27 div by 350k  to hit 4/5 is even greater i would imaginBS