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Should I change things up and buy more than one ticket at a time for draws on games?

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Posted: March 12, 2013, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

Hi everyone,

Just wondered people's thoughts on buying more than one ticket per draw for games. My usual thing is to buy one ticket for games like Mass Cash, Powerball and Megamillions. On PB and MM I always purchase the Multiplier and Powerplay so I'm already spending an extra dollar on my one ticket. Have consistently had no luck buying one ticket and wondered if it really makes much of a difference buying like 2 or more tickets (especially 5 at once). Since the odds for PB and MM are so astronomical I'm wondering if it would even be worth it to throw away more money in the hopes of winning.  How successfull have people been by buying more than one ticket per game? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Posted: March 12, 2013, 1:25 pm - IP Logged

    I don't think it matters a whole lot if you have one or two lines in a game that has over 175 million possible lines.

    Picture a pile of over 175 million grains of sand and one of them (painted red) is yours.

    What do you think the chances are that you could pick out that red one - blindfolded?

    And do you think having 2 grains of sand painted red in that pile of over 175 million grains of sand would increase your chances much?

    That's just something to consider if the expense of another ticket is a concern.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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      Posted: March 12, 2013, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

      Hi everyone,

      Just wondered people's thoughts on buying more than one ticket per draw for games. My usual thing is to buy one ticket for games like Mass Cash, Powerball and Megamillions. On PB and MM I always purchase the Multiplier and Powerplay so I'm already spending an extra dollar on my one ticket. Have consistently had no luck buying one ticket and wondered if it really makes much of a difference buying like 2 or more tickets (especially 5 at once). Since the odds for PB and MM are so astronomical I'm wondering if it would even be worth it to throw away more money in the hopes of winning.  How successfull have people been by buying more than one ticket per game? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

      Why not test your theory on the prediction board?  Post your pick plus nine more on the prediction board for a while and see what happens.  If the addition picks don't improve your average wins stats then you'll know they won't when you play for real.

       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
         
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        Posted: March 12, 2013, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

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          Posted: March 12, 2013, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

          shy, remember to stay within your means. You can spend $1 on a ticket & win or you can spend $5 on tickets and win. Just make sure you can afford to play. FYI there has been several Jackpot winners that played with $1.00. Stay positiveSmile

           

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            Posted: March 12, 2013, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

            I'd like to think your odds are incrementally better by buying one self pick and one QP.

            I always have good luck with the QP's, and they are historically the highest percentage of jackpot winners.

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              Posted: March 12, 2013, 4:48 pm - IP Logged

              Hi everyone,

              Just wondered people's thoughts on buying more than one ticket per draw for games. My usual thing is to buy one ticket for games like Mass Cash, Powerball and Megamillions. On PB and MM I always purchase the Multiplier and Powerplay so I'm already spending an extra dollar on my one ticket. Have consistently had no luck buying one ticket and wondered if it really makes much of a difference buying like 2 or more tickets (especially 5 at once). Since the odds for PB and MM are so astronomical I'm wondering if it would even be worth it to throw away more money in the hopes of winning.  How successfull have people been by buying more than one ticket per game? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

              The chances of winning the jackpot for MM are about 1 in 176 million. If you buy 2 tickets, your chance of winning are 2 in 176 million or 1 in 88 million. If you buy 10 tickets, your chance are 10 in 176 millions or 1 in 17.6 millions. Still astronomical but certainly improve the odds. Your chances of winning lower prices in the prize table work in the similar way.

              And it doesn't matter how you get your number. Every single combination of numbers has equal probability to win. Whether you pick your own number manually or you let the machine pick the number for you (quick pick) has nothing to do with whether or not your number is going to win.

              If you pick less popular numbers, you are not going to increase the chance of winning. However, if you do win, chances are more likely that you are going to be the only one who win the jackpot and hence you don't need to split it with other players.

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                Posted: March 12, 2013, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

                The chances of winning the jackpot for MM are about 1 in 176 million. If you buy 2 tickets, your chance of winning are 2 in 176 million or 1 in 88 million. If you buy 10 tickets, your chance are 10 in 176 millions or 1 in 17.6 millions. Still astronomical but certainly improve the odds. Your chances of winning lower prices in the prize table work in the similar way.

                And it doesn't matter how you get your number. Every single combination of numbers has equal probability to win. Whether you pick your own number manually or you let the machine pick the number for you (quick pick) has nothing to do with whether or not your number is going to win.

                If you pick less popular numbers, you are not going to increase the chance of winning. However, if you do win, chances are more likely that you are going to be the only one who win the jackpot and hence you don't need to split it with other players.

                 How does 2 in 176 million convert to 1 in 88 million?  Two tickets double your chances???

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                  Posted: March 12, 2013, 6:38 pm - IP Logged

                   How does 2 in 176 million convert to 1 in 88 million?  Two tickets double your chances???

                  2/176=1/88

                  You divide both the numerator and denominator by 2

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                    Posted: March 12, 2013, 6:56 pm - IP Logged

                    2/176=1/88

                    You divide both the numerator and denominator by 2

                    lol  Yea I know that but that was not my point.  Two tickets do not improve the odds by 50%.

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                      Posted: March 12, 2013, 8:06 pm - IP Logged

                      I don't think it matters a whole lot if you have one or two lines in a game that has over 175 million possible lines.

                      Picture a pile of over 175 million grains of sand and one of them (painted red) is yours.

                      What do you think the chances are that you could pick out that red one - blindfolded?

                      And do you think having 2 grains of sand painted red in that pile of over 175 million grains of sand would increase your chances much?

                      That's just something to consider if the expense of another ticket is a concern.

                      This. It's why I play a single line.

                      I've done better with my single line than I have when I played five.

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                        Posted: March 12, 2013, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

                        lol  Yea I know that but that was not my point.  Two tickets do not improve the odds by 50%.

                        Uh oh....

                        we've been down this road a few times. Here we go again. LOL.

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                          Posted: March 12, 2013, 8:18 pm - IP Logged

                          Uh oh....

                          we've been down this road a few times. Here we go again. LOL.

                          ;) lol...not with me....just making sure I am not missing something here. Someone does not know stats 101.

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                            Posted: March 12, 2013, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

                            lol  Yea I know that but that was not my point.  Two tickets do not improve the odds by 50%.

                            Yeah, if doubling your tickets improved your odds by 50% I'd be a very wealthy redneck. 

                            1 ticket =  1 in 176 million

                            2 tickets = 1 in 88 million

                            4 tickets = 1 in 44 million

                            8 tickets = 1 in 22 million

                            16 tickets = 1 in 11 million

                            32 tickets = 1 in 5.5 million

                            64 tickets = 1 in 2.75 million

                            128 tickets = 1 in 1.375 million

                            256 tickets = 1 in 0.6875 million

                            512 tickets = 1 in 0.34375 million

                            1024 tickets = 1 in 0.17135 million

                            2048 tickets = 1 in 0.0859375 million

                            And all like that there, you get the picture.


                                                                         
                                                 
                                                                     

                             

                             

                             

                             

                                                                                                                               

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                              Posted: March 12, 2013, 9:31 pm - IP Logged

                              ;) lol...not with me....just making sure I am not missing something here. Someone does not know stats 101.

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