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buying multiple tickets, but only changing one number?

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Posted: April 6, 2012, 2:45 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?

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    I am basically guaranteeing myself that 5th number.

    True. Now you just need 4 more. Wink

    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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        Posted: April 6, 2012, 3:29 am - IP Logged

        'Depends on how good your first four numbers are. Cheers

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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 a winning ticket * 
             
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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 a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: April 6, 2012, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

                      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 a winning ticket * 
                             
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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:

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