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Posted: February 23, 2008, 1:58 am - IP Logged

I know the odds of winning any lottery game is like a 1,000,000,000 to 1, but i was wondering, do you think your odds go up or down or stay the same when there are alot more people playing? take the MM jackpot for example.

    Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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    Posted: February 23, 2008, 1:45 pm - IP Logged

    I know the odds of winning any lottery game is like a 1,000,000,000 to 1, but i was wondering, do you think your odds go up or down or stay the same when there are alot more people playing? take the MM jackpot for example.

    It doesn't. The only thing that can affect YOUR odds are the number of tickets you buy. However, when the jackpot is lower, the odds of you sharing the jackpot is smaller since there are less people playing.

    Gonna win.Big Smile

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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      Posted: February 23, 2008, 6:11 pm - IP Logged

      The odds don't change no matter how many people play. 

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: February 23, 2008, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

        I know the odds of winning any lottery game is like a 1,000,000,000 to 1, but i was wondering, do you think your odds go up or down or stay the same when there are alot more people playing? take the MM jackpot for example.

        The odds that somebody will wins are better when more people play but the odds that is will be you stays the same.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: February 24, 2008, 2:41 am - IP Logged

          It doesn't. The only thing that can affect YOUR odds are the number of tickets you buy. However, when the jackpot is lower, the odds of you sharing the jackpot is smaller since there are less people playing.

          Even for fairly big jackpots, the probability of multiple winners is fairly low. For the probability of 2 winners to be greater than one winner we'd have to be well into new record territory.When the jackpot is "only" 20 million there's absolutely no chance ofwinning 30 milion.  Anyone who  concentrates their plays onsmall jackpots thinking they're more likely to be the only winner ismaking a mistake.

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            Posted: February 24, 2008, 2:48 am - IP Logged

            As everyone already wrote, the odds stay the same.  Usually there is only one winner in a jackpot game with odds over 1 in 100 million. 

            When the jackpot is "only" 20 million there's absolutely no chance ofwinning 30 milion. 

            I do agree with KY Floyd on this, although I can actually feel his sarcasm.

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              Posted: February 24, 2008, 3:13 am - IP Logged

              There was no sarcasm in that post. It was a simple statement of factthat's directly related to the sentence that follows it. Perhaps thesarcasm you're feeling is  a product of your own interpretation.

                Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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                Posted: February 24, 2008, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

                Even for fairly big jackpots, the probability of multiple winners is fairly low. For the probability of 2 winners to be greater than one winner we'd have to be well into new record territory.When the jackpot is "only" 20 million there's absolutely no chance ofwinning 30 milion.  Anyone who  concentrates their plays onsmall jackpots thinking they're more likely to be the only winner ismaking a mistake.

                Anyone who  concentrates their plays onsmall jackpots thinking they're more likely to be the only winner ismaking a mistake.

                That's not what I concentrate on. I was simply answering the OP's question, and YES, there is a higher chance of sharing the jackpot when the jackpot is higher because more people are playing. All I did was answer the question. There's too many on this people on this forum that assume when another person answer's a question, that THEY THEMSELF rely on that information when determining if/when/how they play. NO, IT'S NOT. I'M JUST ANSWERING THE QUESTION.

                Gonna win.Big Smile

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                  Posted: February 25, 2008, 2:57 am - IP Logged

                  I didn't suggest that you, or anyone else, concentrates on smalljackpots. I simply pointed out that Even for fairly big jackpots, theprobability of multiple winners is fairly low, and that for smalljackpots the possibility of winning alarge jackpot is non-existent.

                  Yourodds of winning depend entirely on the game odds and how many chances*you* have. How much you might win depends on th ejackpot and thechances of sharing it if you win. Even if there was a good chance ofsharing with another winner you'd win more with a 100 million dollarjackpot than one for 30 or 40 million. Being aware that there's morechance of sharing with a large jackpot is fine, but I certainlywouldn't let that affect my betting.