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why Powerball result is so coincident

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Posted: February 22, 2009, 1:41 am - IP Logged

Powerball was introduced to Florida since January, and the new game rule was also introduced.

Start from the drawing on Jan 7th to Feb 21st, there are totally 14 draws and 65 tickets that win the match-5 prize (including a jackpot winner).

Out of the 14 draws, we have tickets from Florida that win the match-5 prize in 10 draws (71.43%).

Out of the 65 winning tickets, we have 16 that are from Florida (24.62%), 4 with Power Play.

I have to say that this does not seem so randomly and I am doubting about what is going on.


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    Posted: February 22, 2009, 2:57 am - IP Logged

    You could be on to something.  But since Florida is now the #1 selling Powerball state could it be possible that Florida has sold 25% of the Powerball tickets during that time frame?  Anyone care to run the numbers?  I'm too lazy and tired to do it tonight.

      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: February 22, 2009, 3:28 am - IP Logged

      "I am doubting what is going on."


      The first week Powerball was available in Florida, the amount of ticket sales broke PB records.   

      It is also the largest PB state.  If you check the US Census Bureau, the four most populous states in the country are California, Texas, New York and Florida is a close 4th.   Florida has a lot more people this time of year too because of tourism and also snowbirds, those who live here in the winter.  There are areas I've lived in where the population doubles (even triples) in Feb & Mar, which are the busiest months. 

      Okay, now let's look at the states that offer PB.  California...nope.  Texas...nope.  New York..nope  Even the #5 state which is Illinois is not a PB state and it only has an est pop of 12 million.  (add 50% or 6 million to that and you get the pop of FL)

      So Florida, with a population of over 18 million people (plus tourists) is the largest state with PB.

      That IMO is "what is going on."

        Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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        Posted: February 22, 2009, 3:34 am - IP Logged

        Florida is cheating!

        Gonna win.Big Smile

          justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: February 22, 2009, 3:50 am - IP Logged

          FYI, here are a couple of articles on FL Powerball sales. 


          "The Florida Lottery today announced that Powerball ticket sales for the first drawing totaled $7,730,306; more than any other state’s first draw sales in Powerball history."


          "The multi-state game raked in more than $50 million in ticket sales during the first month"

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            Posted: February 22, 2009, 7:24 am - IP Logged

            <Moved to Jackpot Games forum>

            Please post in the appropriate forum ... thank you.

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              Posted: February 22, 2009, 8:13 am - IP Logged

              Things aren't so bad then in Fla.. Spending millions on PBall.......................................whilst things are in such a crisis.

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                Posted: February 22, 2009, 8:28 am - IP Logged

                Florida is cheating!

                Maybe Florida uses an RNG that is more Player Friendly than the RNG used in other PB States!

                RNG=Random Number Generator

                A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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                  Posted: February 22, 2009, 8:57 am - IP Logged

                  I have this cheat by the anyways up.:)

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                    Posted: February 22, 2009, 9:11 am - IP Logged

                    Here is a close look


                    Indiana34.62%including one jackpot winner
                    N Carolina34.62%
                    Louisiana  23.08%
                    S Carolina23.08%
                    S Dakota23.08%
                    W Virginia11.54%
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                      Posted: February 22, 2009, 9:26 am - IP Logged

                      They seem pretty much in line with the top populated states  (new york, cali, tx)...But I bet they have the highest number of people who fall within the age market that is most likely to buy lottery tickets...Chart below is approx as of today.

                      12 Mega SatatesPop  Estimated  5+15+032 Power StatesPop  Estimated  5+1power5+0
                      nameRank  Population  HitsHits  nameRank  Population  HitsplayHits
                      New York3  19,297,729118Florida  4  18,251,243415
                      California1  36,553,215115Pennsylvania6  12,432,79217
                      Texas2  23,904,38012Wisconsin20  5,601,64016
                      Michigan8  10,071,8229Arizona16  6,338,75516
                      Illinois5  12,852,5486Missouri18  5,878,415  4
                      Georgia9  9,544,7506N. Carolina10  9,061,03223
                      New Jersey11  8,685,9206Indiana15  6,345,289113
                      Maryland19  5,618,3445Tennessee17  6,156,71913
                      Ohio7  11,466,9174Oregon27  3,747,455  3
                      Virginia12  7,719,0913S. Carolina26  4,012,01212
                      Washington13  6,468,4242Louisiana25  4,293,204  2
                      Massachusetts14  6,449,755  1Minnesota21  5,197,621  2
                      totals 2009    158,632,895  287Oklahoma27  3,450,654  2
                      Avg hits per draw          6.2S Dakota46  796,214  2
                      totals 2007        12646Connecticut30  3,502,30911
                      West Virginia37  1,812,03511
                      Kentucky25  4,041,76911
                      New Mexico36  1,969,915  1
                      Nebraska38  1,774,571  1
                      Colorado22  4,861,515  1
                      Iowa30  2,988,04611
                      Delaware45  864,764   
                      Idaho39  1,499,402   
                      Kansas  33  2,775,997   
                      Maine40  1,317,207   
                      Montana44  957,861   
                      N Dakota48  639,715   
                      New Hampshire41  1,315,828   
                      Rhode Island43  1,057,832   
                      US Virgin Island-  108,448   
                      Vermont49  608,827   
                      Washington DC51  588,292   
                      totals 2009    124,247,378  11667
                      Avg hits  per draw          1.14.8

                      "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

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                        Posted: February 22, 2009, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

                        Florida is cheating!


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                          Posted: February 22, 2009, 4:26 pm - IP Logged

                          Maybe they should let us know how many purchases are made in each state during each drawing.