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What is the best way to win the lottery?

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RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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Posted: September 5, 2014, 8:52 am - IP Logged

maringoman,

A wee bit more often as other methods.

From the PB FAQ page:

WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of winners are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of winners are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF LOOSING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of losers are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
   
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    Posted: September 5, 2014, 10:14 am - IP Logged

    WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
    About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of winners are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

    WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF LOOSING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
    About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of losers are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

    LOL I got to say I never thought of it that way. It's true too

    That money's gone fo ever

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      Posted: September 5, 2014, 10:18 am - IP Logged

      WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
      About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of winners are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

      WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF LOOSING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
      About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of losers are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

      Thumbs Up I like that.

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        Posted: September 5, 2014, 10:35 am - IP Logged

        Your division is right but the quoted odds for 5 + 1 are wrong.

        MM

        Match Prize Odds

        5 + 1 Jackpot      1 in 258,890,850

        As for the "Once upon a time" theory about a simple dollar improving the odds, many here believe or want to believe that but do you really think one more dollar eliminates 258,890,848 combinations not played?

        $1 eliminates one combination, another dollar eliminates one more combination, so in reality you have 2 combinations covered and 258,890,848 not covered. Eliminating half of those with one more dollar is a fairy tale peddled by people selling systems or tickets.

        Lep

        100 million here, 100 million there... why quibble? LOL

        The odds are so astronomically high, it doesn't matter if you X out 100 million... that was the point of my joke.

        I live in a town of about 125,000 people.  I tell people playing these big games that you have a better chance of running into someone randomly on the street; then opening a phone book (they still make those, don't they?) and flipping to a page and dropping your finger and landing on that same person's name (people still have land-lines, don't they?).

        Your odds of doing that are are astronomically higher than winning MegaMillions!

        That's why MegaMillions, SuperLotto, Powerball, they're all nothing but pyramid—

        Er—whoops. I'm not supposed to say that out loud.... Ponder

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          Posted: September 5, 2014, 10:55 am - IP Logged

          Picking the Winning numbers always seems to be the best way to win the lottery, l have yet to hear of a better method.

          The recent $180 million lottery winner from California said that he " felt lucky"before purchasing his ticket.. l can think of millions of other lottery player's that feel the same way about playing each and every time but it does not necessarily translate into winning the jackpot.

          So does luck have anything to do with it?

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            Posted: September 5, 2014, 11:04 am - IP Logged

            WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
            About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of winners are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

            WHICH HAS THE BETTER CHANCE OF LOOSING: COMPUTER PICKS OR PLAYER PICKS?
            About 70% to 80% of purchases are computer picks. About 70% to80% of losers are computer picks. Perhaps just one of those weird coincidences?

            RJOh,

            I'm sure you realize that in all the world of gambling there is no bet that exists that the player is supposed to win.

            Knowledgeable players are all aware of this while system sellers try to hide it and promote hype.

            Of course more losers are computer picks, it's just a reflection of sales.

            Regardless of the method of number selection, the fact that the six numbers a player picked were the six numbers drawn is pure luck.

            Lep

            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: September 5, 2014, 11:24 am - IP Logged

              RJOh,

              I'm sure you realize that in all the world of gambling there is no bet that exists that the player is supposed to win.

              Knowledgeable players are all aware of this while system sellers try to hide it and promote hype.

              Of course more losers are computer picks, it's just a reflection of sales.

              Regardless of the method of number selection, the fact that the six numbers a player picked were the six numbers drawn is pure luck.

              Lep

              CT,

               

              Two edged sword, loop argument.

              Of course more winners are computer picks, it's just a reflection of sales.

              G

              The only thing that makes sense in this thread is that players in smaller towns need to be more aware of the numbers they play. That might mean they could have a better chance of winning by choosing their own numbers. Wonder if the lottery keeps tabs on the size of the city the winner bought their ticket in and whether more winning tickets from the smaller towns were self picks?

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                Posted: September 5, 2014, 11:27 am - IP Logged

                Picking the Winning numbers always seems to be the best way to win the lottery, l have yet to hear of a better method.

                The recent $180 million lottery winner from California said that he " felt lucky"before purchasing his ticket.. l can think of millions of other lottery player's that feel the same way about playing each and every time but it does not necessarily translate into winning the jackpot.

                So does luck have anything to do with it?

                So does luck have anything to do with it?

                I'd say that luck has everything to do with it.  Say you are one of the 70-80% of people who buy a quick pick.  You have to be lucky enough to walk into the right store to buy a ticket before a winning draw at the right time that the machine is getting ready to spit out the winning combination. A few minutes or a few miles can make all the differnce in the world.

                So who decides who gets that winning ticket?  Luck, that's who.  Lep

                "There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

                ~Robert A. Heinlein

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                  Posted: September 5, 2014, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                   i have read that winning the lottery is a random event. It does not require talent,skill, or hard work. No Pity!


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                    Posted: September 5, 2014, 12:52 pm - IP Logged

                     The best way is to focus more on just making some money and not on winning. It's better to make some money than to be in a financial hole trying to hit big. So, stick with more realistic goals.


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                      Posted: September 5, 2014, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

                       i have read that winning the lottery is a random event. It does not require talent,skill, or hard work. No Pity!

                      "It does not require talent,skill, or hard work."

                      You got it!

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                        Posted: September 5, 2014, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

                         i have read that winning the lottery is a random event. It does not require talent,skill, or hard work. No Pity!

                        It does not require talent,skill, or hard work. 

                        I've never heard a successful person say that about anything.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
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                          Posted: September 5, 2014, 4:18 pm - IP Logged

                          "What is the best way to win the lottery?"

                          Sell lottery tickets. Guaranteed 5% commission per ticket sold (varies by state), occasionally get retailer perks like free packs and sales $$$ contests, and in most states you get a sizable bonus if a winner hits at your store...which is MUCH more likely to happen than you hitting yourself. All with no cost! Jester

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                          If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
                          If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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                            Posted: September 5, 2014, 4:19 pm - IP Logged

                            "It does not require talent,skill, or hard work."

                            You got it!

                            Click HERE for more fun...

                            I sure miss the old days when Toad questioned why you were so negative and Pumpi suggesting a "Bodybuilder lottery. Unhappy

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                              Posted: September 5, 2014, 6:57 pm - IP Logged

                              CT,

                               

                              Two edged sword, loop argument.

                              Of course more winners are computer picks, it's just a reflection of sales.

                              G

                              The only thing that makes sense in this thread is that players in smaller towns need to be more aware of the numbers they play. That might mean they could have a better chance of winning by choosing their own numbers. Wonder if the lottery keeps tabs on the size of the city the winner bought their ticket in and whether more winning tickets from the smaller towns were self picks?

                              Small towns in California and NY probably had a jackpot winner or two and maybe one of these days someone from the Virgin Islands will win a jackpot. Not every drawing produces a jackpot winner so who knows if a small populated state could have won had they bought more tickets.