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Is it better to quick pick or choose your own #s (PB and MM)?

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Posted: February 23, 2010, 10:12 pm - IP Logged

True, but the majority of people choose numbers for a reason-- birthdays, holidays, personal stats, etc.

Yes, these numbers may eventually be chosen but since the winning numbers are more random they are less likely to hit.

if the majority played their own numbers I would bet they still would not win as much.

I think it's better to choose your own numbers! If you don't track numbers then I think it's better to choose numbers off the top off your head. This way at least you'll have a good spread of numbers.

I don't play lines that are a combo of birthdays, ages, favorite numbers etc. because like you I believe the chances of them all hitting together is very unlikely.

I don't like QP's and statistics can be very misleading!


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    Posted: February 23, 2010, 11:06 pm - IP Logged

    either way the lottery has the control of who wins 3 bucks,and who doesn't.

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      True. I just play a mixture of both (couple bucks a week on each game) and hope for the best.

      If your system is netting you 2 numbers you should play pick 5 if you arent already. That will at least get you your $ back.

      And, I figure it does make a difference -- if most winners are winners by using quick pick, then there is a reason for that. Maybe the lottery does not remember (just as dice do not remember what was thrown in craps from one hand to the next), but we do remember. And if the stats dont lie that more people win via quick pick, it shows that system is better.

      Also, the most I have hit on powerball was 3 + 1 for a $100 win. This was done via quick pick.

      I also buy both, but don't think I've won more than $2 on a QP. On the other hand, I have won numerous times on my own picks.

      I did a 3 + 1 win on PB, Dec 23. It was one that I picked. I was one digit off from having #4, so that made me sick, but I will get it yet.

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        Posted: February 24, 2010, 9:34 pm - IP Logged

        Long ago there was an article of 10 people who had hit the lottery (Powerball I think). The majority hit it via quick pick, so it seems this is the better option.

         

        But sometimes when the machine chooses I have noticed lately it really really seems to bunch the numbers together (i.e 3 16 17 18 19 27) or some crap.

         

        what is best?

        Big Smile  I play half and half. If I play 10 sets, half are QP's and half are my picks.  Approve

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          Posted: February 24, 2010, 10:11 pm - IP Logged

          i would rather buy quickpicks in nyc then in idaho.

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            Posted: February 24, 2010, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

            i think you're forgetting that the computers are programmed by some lottery genius to take most of our money,but it's still fun.

            OH boy...........


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              Posted: February 24, 2010, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

              got me 3 bucks worth of pb tickets today,and got not one number in the drawing.wonder how much one would have to pay to see one number?

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                got me 3 bucks worth of pb tickets today,and got not one number in the drawing.wonder how much one would have to pay to see one number?

                You only need a $1 to get all 6. I've spent $5 on Powerball quite often and most of the time I either get only 1 number or none at all. That's just the way Powerball is.

                Gonna win.Big Smile

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                  Posted: February 25, 2010, 3:44 am - IP Logged

                  got me 3 bucks worth of pb tickets today,and got not one number in the drawing.wonder how much one would have to pay to see one number?

                  If you check them with previous drawings, they probably would have won a buck or two in the right drawing, last night just wasn't their time.  Odds are their time will come about once every 35 drawings.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: February 25, 2010, 7:13 am - IP Logged

                    Big Smile  I play half and half. If I play 10 sets, half are QP's and half are my picks.  Approve

                    Do you do better with the QP's or the SP's?

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                      Posted: February 28, 2010, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

                      I think it's better to choose your own numbers! If you don't track numbers then I think it's better to choose numbers off the top off your head. This way at least you'll have a good spread of numbers.

                      I don't play lines that are a combo of birthdays, ages, favorite numbers etc. because like you I believe the chances of them all hitting together is very unlikely.

                      I don't like QP's and statistics can be very misleading!

                      I have been keeping track of the jackpot games in IL for over the last 10 years and I will never buy another quick pick.  I pick my own numbers.  What I have found out, is that, even if they use multiple machines & multiple sets of balls; the machines are man made & patterns form.  This is not only in IL, OH, but in WI as well.  See my post as of yesterday in forums - Mathematics.

                      Past experience shows that certain combination of numbers come in more often.  The only time it changes is when they change the number of balls played in a any certain game.  When you play a quick pick, the computer will give you a combination of numbers that haven't been played as of yet.  Hence, you could get a set of numbers as 01 02 03 04 05  if no one has played those numbers at the time you did your QP.  Once every possible combination has been picked, you can guarantee at least 1 winner.

                      I have used my theory & had to throw out a few data basis, as games changed & I had to start a new data base.

                      I did win a LL in IL a while back - my share in a 3 way split was 78K.  Here is an example of a set of numbers I would play for in the IL Little Lotto.  (Note: numbers are not the same for all lottos - as in the pick 5 - each state has their own machines).  But each state will have certain combinations that come in more than others.

                      Illinois Little Results

                      2004-10-19112252638
                      2009-05-0213252629
                      2009-06-13112252629
                      2009-12-041225263839

                      What numbers would pick to play???

                      This is one reason I do not play quick picks.  This is only one of many examples.

                      Good Luck on any way you go, but I am geared to picking my own numbers.

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                        either way the lottery has the control of who wins 3 bucks,and who doesn't.

                        Ha! So true. Sad, but true.

                        Yes, I typically mix it up when I play. On average I like to play 2 QP, and 2 where I pick. But often times I find I just pick on 1 set and QP on 2 or 3.

                        However, now that the jackpot is getting over 100 mil, I tend to buy a few extra tickets.

                        When it starts getting over $200 Mil, thats when myself and 3 other guys at work pool together. First time we did this we won $100.

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                          Posted: March 2, 2010, 1:28 am - IP Logged

                          I watched The Lottery Changed My Life for the first time and all of the winners were QPs.


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                            Posted: March 2, 2010, 6:29 pm - IP Logged

                            yeah,if it's 20 million,or 100 million,the odds to win 3 bucks are the same!

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                              Some people discount quick picks saying the only reason they win more is because they sell more.

                              But if number picking systems are truly better, wouldn't they outperform quick picks?

                              If 70% of tickets sold are quick picks and 70% of winners are quick picks while 30% of tickets sold are player picks and 30% of winners are player picks, aren't they both equal?

                              Wouldn't one method have to outperform its sales percentage in order to prove it's better than the other?


                                                                           
                                                   
                                                                       

                               

                               

                               

                               

                                                                                                                                 

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