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Posted: December 14, 2009, 1:44 am - IP Logged

This was heard on the Will Shortz Sunday Puzzle segment on NPR this past Sunday morning.

Not exactly lotto, but I was thinking maybe these numbers could be turned into a lotto ticket if they're all within a matrix.

Here's the puzzle:

It comes from Scott Kim, the puzzle maker for Discover Magazine. He hasa 2010 page-a-day calendar just out called "Mind Benders andBrainteasers." Here's one of the puzzles in it: Name five two-digitnumbers that are evenly spaced out — like 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 — inwhich all 10 digits from 0 to 9 are used once each. What numbers arethese?

I'm thinking someone here will know the answer. If not, it won't be aired until next Sunday morning, when it will also be posted on their web site.

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 14, 2009, 2:03 am - IP Logged

    Off the top of my head I would say 18-36-54-72-90, unless I don't understand the problem.

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      yep, jim got it.

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        Posted: December 14, 2009, 2:19 am - IP Logged

        10  32  54  76 98

        If you go about it logically it's actually pretty simple. The first number has to be 10 or more, and the last can't be more than 98.  That's a range of 88, so the maximum spacing is 22, and simple trial and error gives the correct answer on the first try. It's also a very elegant answer, since it's each pair of digits  in order, but with the individual digits reversed.

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          Posted: December 20, 2009, 10:44 am - IP Logged

          Here is what it says on the internet:

          A: There are four possible sequences of two-digit numbers:

          10,32,54,76,98

          18,36,54,72,90

          50,61,72,83,94

          54,63,72,81,90

           

           Good Luck,

          Blackie.                           

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            Posted: December 20, 2009, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

            Thanks, Blackie. That's what he said on the radio this morning, too.  I'm thinkikng that's the site you went to.

            And considering the sets of numbers;

            10,32,54,76,98

            18,36,54,72,90

            50,61,72,83,94

            54,63,72,81,90

            are you thinking what I'm thinking here?:

            10,32,54,76,98

            18,36,54,72,90

            50,61,72,83,94

            54,63,72,81,90

            (I bolded the ones within lottery matrixes)

            Hmmm, 10 18, 32, 36, 50, 54....take one of the numbers 10, 18, 32, 36 as the Mega number, or all four.......

            Mega Millions jackpot 162 million, Christmas coming up, Christmas evening draw.......

            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 21, 2009, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

              Mathematical relationships existed a long time before we figured them out, so those 4 sets of numbers have "existed" since the very begining of this universe, and perhaps longer if there are (were) other universes.  Are you going to start using them for every drawing of every game, or is there something special about the next drawing in one particular game?

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                Posted: December 26, 2009, 7:04 pm - IP Logged

                10 32 54 76 98  consecutively spaced out by 22

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                  Posted: December 27, 2009, 9:54 am - IP Logged

                  10 32 54 76 98  consecutively spaced out by 22

                  Cool. Are there any other ways it can be done?

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                    Here's another puzzle;

                    This challenge comes from Ed Pegg Jr., who runs MathPuzzle.com.
                    Writedown the digits from 2 to 7, in order. Add two mathematical symbols toget an expression equaling 2010. What symbols are these?

                    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: January 7, 2010, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

                      x/  multiply and divide

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                        Here's another puzzle;

                        This challenge comes from Ed Pegg Jr., who runs MathPuzzle.com.
                        Writedown the digits from 2 to 7, in order. Add two mathematical symbols toget an expression equaling 2010. What symbols are these?

                        2345 * 6 / 7

                        What do I win? Jester

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                          Oh you could have won a bunch of stuff from Will Shortz if you sent it in to his program and they picked you.

                          Thanks for the answer.

                          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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                            2345 * 6 / 7

                            What do I win? Jester

                            At a quick glance,I would think thats a jackpot ticket code. hehe

                            Hans

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                              Posted: February 14, 2010, 10:32 pm - IP Logged

                              This was heard on the Will Shortz Sunday Puzzle segment on NPR this past Sunday morning.

                              Not exactly lotto, but I was thinking maybe these numbers could be turned into a lotto ticket if they're all within a matrix.

                              Here's the puzzle:

                              It comes from Scott Kim, the puzzle maker for Discover Magazine. He hasa 2010 page-a-day calendar just out called "Mind Benders andBrainteasers." Here's one of the puzzles in it: Name five two-digitnumbers that are evenly spaced out — like 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 — inwhich all 10 digits from 0 to 9 are used once each. What numbers arethese?

                              I'm thinking someone here will know the answer. If not, it won't be aired until next Sunday morning, when it will also be posted on their web site.

                              let me take  ashot befor eI check for the answer  98 76 54 32 10.