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Do You Think That 1 Quick Pick Ticket Is Random Enough To Win A Mega Millions Or Powerball Jackpot?

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IS 1 MEGA MILLIONS OR POWERBALL QUICK PICK TICKET TRULY RANDOM?

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Posted: May 23, 2012, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

I feel that 1 Mega Millions or Powerball Quick Pick ticket is random enough to win the jackpot because of the large field of numbers.

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    Posted: May 23, 2012, 4:15 pm - IP Logged

    I feel that 1 Mega Millions or Powerball Quick Pick ticket is random enough to win the jackpot because of the large field of numbers.

    Who cares if it's random, as long as it's the winning number.  Banana

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      Posted: May 23, 2012, 4:38 pm - IP Logged

      Yes, all it takes is one...Wink

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        Posted: May 23, 2012, 4:53 pm - IP Logged

        Any combination is random enough to win, even a self-pick.  The odds of it winning are not changed by its randomness.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
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          Posted: May 23, 2012, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

          I feel that 1 Mega Millions or Powerball Quick Pick ticket is random enough to win the jackpot because of the large field of numbers.

          Arizona printed tickets with the same 10 QPs and said it was a "glitch" and were fixing the problem. If I can't get the same QP combination as you by happenstance, the QPs can't be really random.

          The TN Lottery had a "do not repeat numbers" command on their Pick-5 drawing RNG and the same program was used for the Pick-3 and Pick-4 games. It's very possible all the QP generators are programed not to duplicate any previous combination for that drawing. Any type of command that would influence the selection would cause the process to be not random.

          I believe the ball drawings are random so any combo you buy has a chance of winning. With over 175 million possibilities, we're still just buying a day or two worth of dreams.


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            Arizona printed tickets with the same 10 QPs and said it was a "glitch" and were fixing the problem. If I can't get the same QP combination as you by happenstance, the QPs can't be really random.

            The TN Lottery had a "do not repeat numbers" command on their Pick-5 drawing RNG and the same program was used for the Pick-3 and Pick-4 games. It's very possible all the QP generators are programed not to duplicate any previous combination for that drawing. Any type of command that would influence the selection would cause the process to be not random.

            I believe the ball drawings are random so any combo you buy has a chance of winning. With over 175 million possibilities, we're still just buying a day or two worth of dreams.

            3 Random QPs won the historical jackpot.

             

            Are you suggesting that all possible combinations have to be pulled by the system in order for it to issue that same QP again?

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              Posted: May 23, 2012, 5:27 pm - IP Logged

              Everything is possible...

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                Posted: May 23, 2012, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

                3 Random QPs won the historical jackpot.

                 

                Are you suggesting that all possible combinations have to be pulled by the system in order for it to issue that same QP again?

                652 million tickets were sold and divided by 175 million = 3.725 but that includes self picks so it sure looks like it. Though I suspect it was much higher, for that drawing, PB says 70% to 80% of all ticket sales are QPs. 80% of ticket sales was 522 million and divided by 175 million = 3. 

                If we knew when the ticket were sold we could make a case for Unsolved Mysteries.


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                  Posted: May 23, 2012, 6:23 pm - IP Logged

                  652 million tickets were sold and divided by 175 million = 3.725 but that includes self picks so it sure looks like it. Though I suspect it was much higher, for that drawing, PB says 70% to 80% of all ticket sales are QPs. 80% of ticket sales was 522 million and divided by 175 million = 3. 

                  If we knew when the ticket were sold we could make a case for Unsolved Mysteries.

                  The "when" would certainly firm things up!

                   

                  This theory would definitely explain why outside of record setting jackpots that only one person wins.

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                    Posted: May 23, 2012, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

                      You're looking at it WRONG !! It does not matter about your  ticket numbers  , all that matters is if  the Drawn numbers match your TICKET !!!!!!  You could have 1 ticket or 10,000 tickets all that matters if the Balls Drawn Match your Ticket .....

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                        You're looking at it WRONG !! It does not matter about your  ticket numbers  , all that matters is if  the Drawn numbers match your TICKET !!!!!!  You could have 1 ticket or 10,000 tickets all that matters if the Balls Drawn Match your Ticket .....

                      OR...

                      Your TICKET match the drawn numbers.

                      I think it's easier trying to pick a combination that will match the drawn numbers rather than picking combinations randomly with no strategy hoping the drawn numbers will match your numbers.  After all, there is only one set of drawn numbers but you have the advantage of picking several combinations and a memory of what has happened in the past.

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

                        Your TICKET match the drawn numbers.

                        I think it's easier trying to pick a combination that will match the drawn numbers rather than picking combinations randomly with no strategy hoping the drawn numbers will match your numbers.  After all, there is only one set of drawn numbers but you have the advantage of picking several combinations and a memory of what has happened in the past.

                         "...you have the advantage of picking several combinations and a memory of what has happened in the past."

                        Not me.

                        I have a terrible memory.

                        And don't say, well, write everything down then, cuz I'll forget where I wrote it down at.

                        I can't remember where my pen is anyway.


                                                                     
                                             
                                                                 

                         

                         

                         

                         

                                                                                                                           

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                          OR...

                          Your TICKET match the drawn numbers.

                          I think it's easier trying to pick a combination that will match the drawn numbers rather than picking combinations randomly with no strategy hoping the drawn numbers will match your numbers.  After all, there is only one set of drawn numbers but you have the advantage of picking several combinations and a memory of what has happened in the past.

                          I've always looked at buying QPs as a random drawing (1 out of 175 million or whatever the matrix is) so I have to match two equally random drawings to win the jackpot. It's possible each QP is unique and can only be matched by a self pick or if more tickets are sold than the number of combinations in the matrix.

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                             "...you have the advantage of picking several combinations and a memory of what has happened in the past."

                            Not me.

                            I have a terrible memory.

                            And don't say, well, write everything down then, cuz I'll forget where I wrote it down at.

                            I can't remember where my pen is anyway.

                            Write it down in a computer file with a name that easy to remember, that what I do.  I don't need a pad or a pencil.  If I ever forget where I left my desk top computer then I won't need the information.

                             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                               
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                              Posted: May 23, 2012, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

                              The "when" would certainly firm things up!

                               

                              This theory would definitely explain why outside of record setting jackpots that only one person wins.

                              But the theory doesn't explain why there were no winners when 191 million tickets were sold the drawing before the record was set unless about 20 million tickets were self picks and they didn't sell every combo.