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# If you have 5 dollars to spend, is it better to ...

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California
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pick 5 numbers for one drawing or pick one number and use it for 5 consecutive drawings? Mathematically speaking, which one gives you a better odd of winning? The game is California Fantasy 5. I don't know if that's relevant.

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pick 5 numbers for one drawing or pick one number and use it for 5 consecutive drawings? Mathematically speaking, which one gives you a better odd of winning? The game is California Fantasy 5. I don't know if that's relevant.

Try thinking of it a different way.  If there's a coon going after your chickens and you have a shotgun and a .22 loaded with 5 each .22 short hollow-points is it better to use the shotgun, which might blow a hole in something behind the coon, or gut-shoot him with one round of .22 short hollowpoint knowing he's going to lose interest in the chickens long enough to die, even if it takes a while and he drags himself off where you don't have to deal with the carcass.

I figure math-wise you'd probably be better gut-shooting him, one round, which is to say, buying tickets five days in a row. and letting the picks drag themselves off somewhere else to die.

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pick 5 numbers for one drawing or pick one number and use it for 5 consecutive drawings? Mathematically speaking, which one gives you a better odd of winning? The game is California Fantasy 5. I don't know if that's relevant.

This was posted a few months before you joined.  You should be able to find your answer here, except you might want to divide by 2  (\$10 / 2 = \$5).

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 Posted: June 30, 2011, 8:05 am - IP Logged

pick 5 numbers for one drawing or pick one number and use it for 5 consecutive drawings? Mathematically speaking, which one gives you a better odd of winning? The game is California Fantasy 5. I don't know if that's relevant.

As trucritic said that question has been asked and answered before and it was concluded the odds are the same. Chances are good either way you're going to lose you \$5 however spending a dollar per drawing will make it last longer.

* you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket *

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 Posted: July 2, 2011, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

pick 5 numbers for one drawing or pick one number and use it for 5 consecutive drawings? Mathematically speaking, which one gives you a better odd of winning? The game is California Fantasy 5. I don't know if that's relevant.

The answer to an analogous question was put to rest back in April.

The Probabilities are the SAME!