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Posted: June 17, 2012, 8:46 am - IP Logged

Hello

My dad  likes to play the scrtchoff,  lotto and megamillions and always asks me how the lottery works (how do the computers generate the random numbers and assign winners, etc.)

Can anyone suggest  book or site that explains it all in laymans terms?

Thanks

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    Posted: June 17, 2012, 9:15 am - IP Logged

    Hello

    My dad  likes to play the scrtchoff,  lotto and megamillions and always asks me how the lottery works (how do the computers generate the random numbers and assign winners, etc.)

    Can anyone suggest  book or site that explains it all in laymans terms?

    Thanks

    How to win the lottery by not playing= Save your money.

    Lottery post is a great place to start or the lotteries websites.

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      Posted: June 17, 2012, 9:18 am - IP Logged

      How to win the lottery by not playing= Save your money.

      Lottery post is a great place to start or the lotteries websites.

      I Agree!

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        Posted: June 17, 2012, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

        Hello

        My dad  likes to play the scrtchoff,  lotto and megamillions and always asks me how the lottery works (how do the computers generate the random numbers and assign winners, etc.)

        Can anyone suggest  book or site that explains it all in laymans terms?

        Thanks

        Go there.


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          Posted: June 17, 2012, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

          How to win the lottery by not playing= Save your money.

          Lottery post is a great place to start or the lotteries websites.

          THRIFTY is ALWAYS right, even when he is not trying to be. I saved up almost a $10,000 nest egg by NOT playing my usual $150. per month for about 5 years. The problem was I spent it all in one day using THRIFTYS Shotgun method approach!

          You could try your local library. I read a real cool book there once that told me everything there is to know about RNG in the casino slot machines. It was very insightful and informative. Try that.

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            Posted: June 17, 2012, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

            lurky,

            Welcome.

            There's a book right here in the LP Lottery book store:

            Lottery Book: The Truth Behind the Numbers
            by Don Catlin
            $11.78
            Understand why some games are better to play 

            http://www.lotterypost.com/books

            This isn't a hype job about how to win the lottery but a book about how lotteries are set up, how the different games are structured.

            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

            Lep

            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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              Posted: June 17, 2012, 2:16 pm - IP Logged

              lurky,

              Welcome.

              There's a book right here in the LP Lottery book store:

              Lottery Book: The Truth Behind the Numbers
              by Don Catlin
              $11.78
              Understand why some games are better to play 

              http://www.lotterypost.com/books

              This isn't a hype job about how to win the lottery but a book about how lotteries are set up, how the different games are structured.

              CT, yea thats a good read,

              I'll have go back and read the chapters on odds again,

              little at a time so i can absorb it better.

              Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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                Posted: June 17, 2012, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

                lurky - creepily excellent name by the by - welcome to Lottery Post!  and good luck finding exactly the right book.  starting here is an excellent kicking off point!

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                  Posted: June 17, 2012, 2:56 pm - IP Logged

                  THRIFTY is ALWAYS right, even when he is not trying to be. I saved up almost a $10,000 nest egg by NOT playing my usual $150. per month for about 5 years. The problem was I spent it all in one day using THRIFTYS Shotgun method approach!

                  You could try your local library. I read a real cool book there once that told me everything there is to know about RNG in the casino slot machines. It was very insightful and informative. Try that.

                  Spending that kind of money in one day on lottery tickets can be quite a hassle even if you're only buying quick picks.  If you're wheeling or making personal picks based on some other parameters then you have to make out play slips which require some advance planning.

                  Before I retired I participated in such a scheme to play 500 lines with a co-worker who convinced eight other to contribute $50 if we would come up with the 500 lines and make out the play slips.  Working two evenings after work we came up with 500 lines, made out 100 play slips and played them and I promised myself I would never actively participate in such a scheme again, it required too much work.  Nothing went as the computer simulations we ran at least ten times before trying it for real.

                  I still run computer simulations and now believe playing 25 lines give players almost as good of odds of winning as they can expect from any amount of lines short of playing every possible combination.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    Posted: June 17, 2012, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

                    Spending that kind of money in one day on lottery tickets can be quite a hassle even if you're only buying quick picks.  If you're wheeling or making personal picks based on some other parameters then you have to make out play slips which require some advance planning.

                    Before I retired I participated in such a scheme to play 500 lines with a co-worker who convinced eight other to contribute $50 if we would come up with the 500 lines and make out the play slips.  Working two evenings after work we came up with 500 lines, made out 100 play slips and played them and I promised myself I would never actively participate in such a scheme again, it required too much work.  Nothing went as the computer simulations we ran at least ten times before trying it for real.

                    I still run computer simulations and now believe playing 25 lines give players almost as good of odds of winning as they can expect from any amount of lines short of playing every possible combination.

                    I really did quit playing, and save up all that $$$ money. The part about spending it was a joke. lol. lol. My plan was to buy 500 - $20. scratcher tickets (would have fit under my arm) but after 5 years of saving money I could not (yet) bring myself to do it. lol. lol. 

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                      Posted: June 17, 2012, 6:22 pm - IP Logged

                      Sometimes the retailers that sell lottery tickets have information on the games...no books to buy. Yep, library is free, too.

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                        Posted: June 17, 2012, 6:22 pm - IP Logged

                        I really did quit playing, and save up all that $$$ money. The part about spending it was a joke. lol. lol. My plan was to buy 500 - $20. scratcher tickets (would have fit under my arm) but after 5 years of saving money I could not (yet) bring myself to do it. lol. lol. 

                        The part about spending it was a joke. lol. lol.

                        How is one to tell which parts of your posts are jokes?  Maybe you could highlite the jokes in redEvil Looking

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                          Posted: June 17, 2012, 8:51 pm - IP Logged

                          I really did quit playing, and save up all that $$$ money. The part about spending it was a joke. lol. lol. My plan was to buy 500 - $20. scratcher tickets (would have fit under my arm) but after 5 years of saving money I could not (yet) bring myself to do it. lol. lol. 

                          The Shotgun playing method is very hard to follow because it is not easy to let go of the cash after you have saved it. I played $20 in one shot on powerball after I saved $5 for 4 weeks, and it was not easy. The shotgun playing method is good if you hate to play the lottery like a lab rat everyday or weekly.

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