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What is the best way to win the lottery?

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garyo1954's avatar - garyo
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Posted: September 5, 2014, 7:47 pm - IP Logged

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.

Be interesting to see the result of all lotteries cancelled quick picks for a period. Something like No quick pick sales until the jackpot reaches $100 million.

1) Lottery sales would likely go down since quick picks are for those who don't have the time to fill out a playslip.

2) Likely mean more rolls between wins and maybe some larger jackpots.

Automating the terminals for player touch screens isn't the answer since people are not going to stand in line while some guy punches in 100 combinations. Or while the lotto post loonies congregate to discuss whether  23 is more likely to hit than 25.

That being said, watch for some state to test the waters on the idea of a no quick pick game.

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    Posted: September 6, 2014, 8:07 am - IP Logged

    I was wounding is there better way to pick my wining lottery numbers?

    I have to channel the Ridgemeister here and say: "Please do not wound yourself while picking your lottery numbers. Use the pencil and paper carefully." lol

    J'aime La France.

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      Posted: September 6, 2014, 8:17 am - IP Logged

      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.

      Roscoe NY had a 2 million dollar MM winner.  (2nd place with the Megaplier)   It's hard to be a smaller town than Roscoe.

      About playing the lottery --  You will lose more than you win. Until you hit a jackpot.  Then everything changes!

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        Posted: September 6, 2014, 8:23 am - IP Logged

        I have to channel the Ridgemeister here and say: "Please do not wound yourself while picking your lottery numbers. Use the pencil and paper carefully." lol

        LOL.

        That was special!

        CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

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          Posted: September 6, 2014, 8:47 am - IP Logged

          LOL.

          That was special!

          Thank you RCB.  lol

          J'aime La France.

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            Posted: September 6, 2014, 3:50 pm - IP Logged

            Be interesting to see the result of all lotteries cancelled quick picks for a period. Something like No quick pick sales until the jackpot reaches $100 million.

            1) Lottery sales would likely go down since quick picks are for those who don't have the time to fill out a playslip.

            2) Likely mean more rolls between wins and maybe some larger jackpots.

            Automating the terminals for player touch screens isn't the answer since people are not going to stand in line while some guy punches in 100 combinations. Or while the lotto post loonies congregate to discuss whether  23 is more likely to hit than 25.

            That being said, watch for some state to test the waters on the idea of a no quick pick game.

            G

            We don't know how QPs are distributed and it's possibly different in each state because of the secondary prizes. The smaller states with smaller sales could lose their yearly profit if two or more players matched 5 + 0 in consecutive drawings. In the last $180 million jackpot, only 13 states had enough in sales to cover one 5 + 0 winner and only four had enough to cover two winners.

            With over 18 million possible combos, I doubt if any of the Lottery directors are worried about having five QPs with the same numbers in one drawing. Conversely, what if one states decided because of multiple 5 + 0 self pick winners to cancel self picks.

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              Posted: September 6, 2014, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

              Just play consistently,either once a month or once a week and you only need one ticket to win, if money is tight. 

              Set a budget and don't try too hard.

              It's all a random game of chance whether you pick your own numbers  or use a quick pick strategy.

              Anyone have any luck with psychics or number savants?   Just asking...

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                Posted: September 6, 2014, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

                True to a point.  I will probably by 2 or 3 tickets max for tonight's powerball.

                I talked to a guy at the store the other day and he said he $60 on pb every draw and sometimes gets his money back. 

                I Agree!

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                  Posted: September 6, 2014, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

                  True to a point.  I will probably by 2 or 3 tickets max for tonight's powerball.

                  I talked to a guy at the store the other day and he said he $60 on pb every draw and sometimes gets his money back. 

                  I Agree!


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                    Posted: September 6, 2014, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

                    Buy your tickets in the right state.  If you buy them in California, New York, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, or Michigan it's almost impossible to lose!

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                      Posted: September 6, 2014, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

                      Buy your tickets in the right state.  If you buy them in California, New York, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, or Michigan it's almost impossible to lose!

                      Try telling that to the players in those states that haven't even won a third prize yet.

                       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                         
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                        Posted: September 6, 2014, 6:55 pm - IP Logged

                        Oh no... not the state thing again LOL

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                          Posted: September 6, 2014, 7:08 pm - IP Logged

                          My state has never had a Mega Millions jackpot winner but California has had many.  Fact

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                            Posted: September 6, 2014, 7:23 pm - IP Logged

                            jj,

                            Your state hasn't been a MM state all that long. Fact.

                            From Wikipedia:

                            The 2010 expansion of Mega Millions and Powerball

                            On October 13, 2009, the Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in American lottery jurisdictions, with the two groups referred to as the "Mega Power Lottery"[6] by many users. [/B]The expansion occurred on January 31, 2010, as 23 Powerball members began selling Mega Millions tickets for their first drawing on February 2, 2010[/B]; likewise, 10 Mega Millions members began selling Powerball tickets for their first drawing the next day. Montana (joining Mega Millions on March 1, 2010) was the first jurisdiction to add either game after the cross-sell expansion. Nebraska (March 20, 2010), Oregon (March 28, 2010), Arizona (April 18, 2010), Maine (May 9, 2010), Colorado and South Dakota (the latter two on May 16, 2010) also have joined Mega Millions since the expansion.


                            Before the expanded 75 number matrix MM averaged paying out 8 to 12 or 15 jackpots a year. Missouri started selling MM in 2010. So in 4.6 years that Missouri has been in MM there were 39 jackpots paid out (MM.com Winners Gallery page). You think Missouri should have been one of them?

                            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 6, 2014, 8:04 pm - IP Logged

                              Sure, someone from Mo. could have won it the first time the drawing included it, but saying never has won it as compared to never have won in the 4+ years it's been in it is a little different.

                              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.