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# buying multiple tickets, but only changing one number?

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I was just thinking about this and wondered if anybody ever does this. Basically, if you buy 30-60 tickets and pick all the same number on every ticket, only changing one number, wouldn't this greatly increase the odds? For example, here are the odds for a state lotto  picking 1 through 35 here:

5 of 5, 1:324,632

4 of 5, 1:2,164

3 of 5, 1:75

2 of 5, 1:8

But if I bought 31 tickets all with #s (for example) 4, 7, 18, 25 and just change the 5th number on each ticket, I am basically guaranteeing myself that 5th number. Wouldn't my odds of winning the jackpot then essentially be 1:2,164?? Or am I thinking of something wrong?

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I am basically guaranteeing myself that 5th number.

True. Now you just need 4 more.

Wouldn't my odds of winning the jackpot then essentially be 1:2,164?

Not so much. In a 35 Choose 5 game, if you buy 31 tickets, your odds of a jackpot are 31/324,632 = 1 in 10,472

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 3:10 am - IP Logged

Nevermind, I went away from it for a bit and realized it wasn't so, lol. Isn't the 31/324,632 to simplistic though? I would think my chances would actually be even worse than that now that I think about it.

Wouldn't doing this basically turn the game into a 31 choose 4 game?? With odds closer to 1:30,000?

I guess either way, those still wouldn't be too bad for odds. \$31 for either a 1:10,000 or 1:30,000 chance at the jackpot (currently 140k). People buy scratch tickets for \$20 with much worse odds...

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'Depends on how good your first four numbers are.

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 5:19 am - IP Logged

I was just thinking about this and wondered if anybody ever does this. Basically, if you buy 30-60 tickets and pick all the same number on every ticket, only changing one number, wouldn't this greatly increase the odds? For example, here are the odds for a state lotto  picking 1 through 35 here:

5 of 5, 1:324,632

4 of 5, 1:2,164

3 of 5, 1:75

2 of 5, 1:8

But if I bought 31 tickets all with #s (for example) 4, 7, 18, 25 and just change the 5th number on each ticket, I am basically guaranteeing myself that 5th number. Wouldn't my odds of winning the jackpot then essentially be 1:2,164?? Or am I thinking of something wrong?

It's not hard to test, just write 30-60 combinations on paper doing the same thing before the next drawing and let us know how many hits you would have had if you actually played.

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

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 8:03 am - IP Logged

That is not a bad idea though. I am trying an experiment this year where I am buying the same MB and just mixing up the numbers weekly. So far I have not hit it.

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 10:20 am - IP Logged

That is not a bad idea though. I am trying an experiment this year where I am buying the same MB and just mixing up the numbers weekly. So far I have not hit it.

Are you picking a particular MB for some particular reason or are you picking any MB randomly?

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 12:23 pm - IP Logged

Are you picking a particular MB for some particular reason or are you picking any MB randomly?

I picked one that came in the most last year. Once it comes in I will probably pick another one.

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

That's usually how I win or at least break even on my Pick 5 games is to focus on one or two numbers I feel strongest about and work around them.  I have a small budget -- would love to be able to purchase 30 or 60 lines!

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 Posted: April 6, 2012, 12:41 pm - IP Logged

That's usually how I win or at least break even on my Pick 5 games is to focus on one or two numbers I feel strongest about and work around them.  I have a small budget -- would love to be able to purchase 30 or 60 lines!

If you're breaking even then budget size shouldn't be an issue.

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

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If you're breaking even then budget size shouldn't be an issue.

Doh! You got a point there.  The most I have ever spent on a lottery ticket is \$20.  And I felt real bad about that.  (My mother's lectures about gamblers, like my father, losing the mortgage money in card games, stories like that!)  \$5-\$10 is my average.  But since I would like to actually win that jackpot I should probably consider your logic....

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 Posted: April 7, 2012, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

I was just thinking about this and wondered if anybody ever does this. Basically, if you buy 30-60 tickets and pick all the same number on every ticket, only changing one number, wouldn't this greatly increase the odds? For example, here are the odds for a state lotto  picking 1 through 35 here:

5 of 5, 1:324,632

4 of 5, 1:2,164

3 of 5, 1:75

2 of 5, 1:8

But if I bought 31 tickets all with #s (for example) 4, 7, 18, 25 and just change the 5th number on each ticket, I am basically guaranteeing myself that 5th number. Wouldn't my odds of winning the jackpot then essentially be 1:2,164?? Or am I thinking of something wrong?

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 Posted: April 7, 2012, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

If you're breaking even then budget size shouldn't be an issue.

If you're only spending a dollar or two when you play, your loses are so small that you may think you're breaking even but when you spend \$10 or more you have the face the fact that if you aren't winning big once in a while then you aren't breaking even.

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

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 Posted: April 7, 2012, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

I decided to be daring today and buy \$5 of quick-picks on Wild Card 2 to go along with my own picks for tonight.  I may exceed my \$10 limit.  Yes, I know I will because I have to play Hot Lotto, after the dream I had of winning numbers last night. (Posted in blog.)  So I will def spend a few bucks on Hot Lotto.

I hardly ever dream of lottery numbers so I must act on it, ye know.  I want to win so I can have more free time for this favorite activity:

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 Posted: April 10, 2012, 4:19 am - IP Logged

I decided to be daring today and buy \$5 of quick-picks on Wild Card 2 to go along with my own picks for tonight.  I may exceed my \$10 limit.  Yes, I know I will because I have to play Hot Lotto, after the dream I had of winning numbers last night. (Posted in blog.)  So I will def spend a few bucks on Hot Lotto.

I hardly ever dream of lottery numbers so I must act on it, ye know.  I want to win so I can have more free time for this favorite activity:

How did you do GIGI??????

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