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I have always said that the mega millions computer looks for the least played numbers.  That's why there is always 1 or 2 winning jackpot winning tickets.  So, when people say, the more people to play, there is a better chance of a jackpot winner.  So, dose that mean that the more people that play, equals a harder time for the computer to find the least played numbers???  Just a thought.

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    What does that mean?

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      What the least played numbers?  When you play a set of numbers and say 10 other people are playing the same set of numbers. I think your chances of that  set of numbers being picked for the jackpot is less vs. a set of numbers that only 1 or 2 people are are playing would have a better chance of being picked as a jackpot set of numbers.

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        I have always said that the mega millions computer looks for the least played numbers.  That's why there is always 1 or 2 winning jackpot winning tickets.  So, when people say, the more people to play, there is a better chance of a jackpot winner.  So, dose that mean that the more people that play, equals a harder time for the computer to find the least played numbers???  Just a thought.

        It doesn't matter how many tickets are played because it takes the same amount of time to find the most played numbers. I don't know if they look for the most or least played numbers or not, but it's possible for each number to appear in 1.15 million combinations. Why do you believe the MM people are interested in the random number distribution of their QPs and where did you read there are 1 or 2 winning jackpot tickets every drawing?

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          I have always said that the mega millions computer looks for the least played numbers.  That's why there is always 1 or 2 winning jackpot winning tickets.  So, when people say, the more people to play, there is a better chance of a jackpot winner.  So, dose that mean that the more people that play, equals a harder time for the computer to find the least played numbers???  Just a thought.

          MM and PB have real ball drawings. I think they're legit or I wouldn't play them.

          I wouldn't trust them if they ever went to fake computer drawings though.

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            Posted: November 13, 2013, 12:45 pm - IP Logged

            When you look at past winnings there is always 1 or 2 tickets that win the jackpot.

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              When you look at past winnings there is always 1 or 2 tickets that win the jackpot.

              There are also vastly more sales of one or two of the same tickets than there are of a large volume of the same tickets.

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                Posted: November 13, 2013, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

                I just get me a QP and Wait for the draw Big Grin Santa

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                  Posted: November 13, 2013, 12:57 pm - IP Logged

                  I just get me a QP and Wait for the draw Big Grin Santa

                  And that's what most of the jackpot winners have done. Thumbs Up

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                    Posted: November 13, 2013, 1:02 pm - IP Logged

                    When you look at past winnings there is always 1 or 2 tickets that win the jackpot.

                    Have you ever thought that maybe it's because the odds of there being a winning combination among all the combinations played are 1 in 175 millions or worst?

                     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                       
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                      Posted: November 13, 2013, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

                      Yes RJOH, I think that also, but I have my days where I think it's because of other things.

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                        Posted: November 13, 2013, 3:11 pm - IP Logged

                        MM and PB have real ball drawings. I think they're legit or I wouldn't play them.

                        I wouldn't trust them if they ever went to fake computer drawings though.

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                          MM and PB have real ball drawings. I think they're legit or I wouldn't play them.

                          I wouldn't trust them if they ever went to fake computer drawings though.

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                            bigbear29, I see what you mean. People do not know what combinations other people picked, so by logic people tend to think sort of the same way when picking, because of it lots of combinations are repeated combinations. There is an ocean of combinations not picked at all. That is why there are jackpots where no one picked the winning combination. On rare occasion there are more than 1 or 2 winners.   Why 1 or 2 winners  is most usual outcome of a biggets jackpot? It could be because the odds are so small, or it could be that to diminish amount of won money, company chooses  winning combination among , as you said, the least common combinations. That reminds me of matematician who kept winning millions, who said to never choose numbers that would make a date, like nothing from 1 to 31, because lots of people do just that, pick important dates. Numbers from 1 to 12 repeat for months and days, so try to avoid those at any cost. But, if everyone will switch to this technique, winning combinations will still end up being the least picked ones. It's like I have to go to crazy house and ask some lost soul to pick my numbers, or make my cat do the pick, or an alien, etc.

                             

                            In groups, where people know what numbers they pick as a group, so there is no repetition among their combinations, people win quite often, is it not so?

                            Try and pick combinations on paper, without thinking about dates, but do it fast, and then see if combinations still produce dates, even partial. That means that people pick dates even subconsciously.

                            Figure which age groups of people play lottery, and what dates they'd usually pick: their own birthdays, weddings, their children's and grandchildren's. Knowing a bit of statistics can help to avoid many numbers and their combinations. Although, this is some work to do.

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                              Posted: November 13, 2013, 3:49 pm - IP Logged

                              And that's what most of the jackpot winners have done. Thumbs Up

                              Something like 75 % not sure.

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                              But have gone back to QPs on the MM & PB, both w/multiplier.

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