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What bad strategy advice can you recall about playing the lottery?

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Posted: December 8, 2009, 5:16 pm - IP Logged

What bad advice have you encountered about playing the lottery?

The stuff like "better chances of getting hit by lightning" from people who don't play is a given, but I mean things like these;

Never play on the day of the drawing

-van Michaels

Don't play consecutive numbers

- Gail Howard and others

Make your Pick 3 sum totals 15

- Unknown, various

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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    Posted: December 8, 2009, 5:44 pm - IP Logged

    Almost all the advice I've ever read was bad but the one that stands out is "Don't play birthday numbers or all low numbers because if you win the jackpot, you may have to share it with others".

    Since I have never won any part of a jackpot, I would be happy to share one.

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: December 8, 2009, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

      Almost all the advice I've ever read was bad but the one that stands out is "Don't play birthday numbers or all low numbers because if you win the jackpot, you may have to share it with others".

      Since I have never won any part of a jackpot, I would be happy to share one.

      I Agree!

      That's a classic RJOh.

      Better a piece of something than all of nothing.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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        Posted: December 8, 2009, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

        Hmmm, some of that advice wouldn't be bad if properly qualified.  The more consecutive numbers you play the smaller the population they represent.  If you wait until the last minute to play you may not get to for various reasons including the P-3 number being over subscribed or the machine being down, etc.

        I think the worst advise is to play only the hot numbers like you get from Professor Jones, or a blend of hottest and coldest like EOL used to recommend.   Works about as often as playing four or more consecutive numbers. 

        BobP

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          Posted: December 8, 2009, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

          BobP

          By consecutive numbers I didn't mean all consecutive numbers.....

          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

          Lep

          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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            Posted: December 10, 2009, 3:37 am - IP Logged

            BobP

            By consecutive numbers I didn't mean all consecutive numbers.....

            I knew that.   Where do you apply the cutoff?   I'll dump four or more consecutive and cast a wary eye on three, but I'm going for a jackpot. 

            What do you count this as?  3+2 or 5

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              Posted: December 10, 2009, 7:41 pm - IP Logged

              What bad advice have you encountered about playing the lottery?

              The stuff like "better chances of getting hit by lightning" from people who don't play is a given, but I mean things like these;

              Never play on the day of the drawing

              -van Michaels

              Don't play consecutive numbers

              - Gail Howard and others

              Make your Pick 3 sum totals 15

              - Unknown, various

              For pick5/pick6 type games, advice like "don't play consecutives" indicates someone who can't do the math or backtest very well.

              When someone posts an idea, I look for supporting data to go with it.

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                Posted: December 10, 2009, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

                A few more,

                Never play all odd numbers

                Never play all even numbers

                Never play all low numbers

                Never play all high numbers

                Anyone who tracks the games has seen all of these proven to be very inaccurate.

                Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                Lep

                There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                  Posted: December 10, 2009, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

                  Play all the combinations that haven't been picked. *S*

                  You are a slave to the choices you have made.  jk

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                    Posted: December 12, 2009, 12:29 am - IP Logged

                    A couple of my ex-wives had the same refrain:

                    What the @#%& are you playing the lottery for when the baby needs shoes you dumb @#%  &% @  *#$%&@?

                    And quit drinking all that @#$%^&* whiskey you drunk @#% &% @ *#$%&@!

                    Hell hath no fury...


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      Posted: December 12, 2009, 1:18 am - IP Logged
                      I've had lottery clerks comment when i have played a number that may have came out the drawing before like 613 might have came out midday today and i would play 316 for the evening draw because i saw it in a workout or thought the number might repeat and so on.
                       
                      They would say stuff like no way that numbers going to come out again today. While i will agree it's a slim chance but numbers do repeat and a few times i got lucky by betting a previous number in the next draw.

                      Big John says. You don't hit the number. The number hits you!!!!

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                        Posted: December 12, 2009, 11:59 am - IP Logged

                        You are wasting your money on the lottery.  Do you know how many jackpots are hit each year?  And do you actually think you can win?

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                          Posted: December 12, 2009, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

                          You are wasting your money on the lottery.  Do you know how many jackpots are hit each year?  And do you actually think you can win?

                          Jazi76,

                          If you would have read the OP of this thread you would have realized it said,

                          "What bad advice have you encountered about playing the lottery?

                          The stuff like "better chances of getting hit by lightning" from people who don't play is a given,....."

                          If you don't like what's on the TV you can always change the channel.

                          Cheers.

                          Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                          Lep

                          There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                            Posted: December 12, 2009, 11:40 pm - IP Logged

                            Jazi76,

                            I just relaized you might have meant this was baloney advice others have told you. If that's the case, disregard the rant above!

                            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

                            Lep

                            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                              Posted: December 13, 2009, 11:24 am - IP Logged

                              Jazi76,

                              I just relaized you might have meant this was baloney advice others have told you. If that's the case, disregard the rant above!

                              Yeah it definitely was baloney advice that I was given last month. Your previous rant was fine, no offense taken Cheers