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# It's frustrating to get numbers so close to the winning ones

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 Posted: December 2, 2014, 7:28 pm - IP Logged

I hear what you are saying shyguitar.  On my state lotto tickets that I get I can have like one or two numbers right and then be one off on three other numbers.  Then sometimes I will be like two numbers on the bottom row and three numbers one off and then the sixth number will be on the top row.  I just stare at the ticket and say to myself next time is when I will get them all.  It happened to me last week twice in two drawings so it does blow big time.  But I think to myself it was not meant to be and on to the next ticket.-weshar75

Hi weshar75,

It seems like you have the same problem as me. I like your positive attitude and your saying "I think to myself it was not meant to be and onto the next ticket".

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 Posted: December 2, 2014, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

Hi Stack47,

I can understand it happening if I bought five lines as you say but I only buy one line.

Five numbers have 10 numbers "one number off" so if you buy a QP and play those five numbers with the ten, there are 15 possible numbers. And that creates almost 10 million combos that match three of those 15 numbers.

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 Posted: December 2, 2014, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

Is there a way to figure that basic math probability?  If so the frustrating factors might be avoided.

I'm not buying every one line QP they get matches 2 numbers and one off on the other 3, but there is probability of it occasionally happening. Mass Cash draws 5 out of 35 numbers so the "one number off" means 42% of the numbers and more likely were the two numbers matches are found. There is no prize for matching two numbers, but with the likelihood of one of the other three numbers being one off, gives players a mathematical hope.

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 Posted: December 2, 2014, 9:52 pm - IP Logged

I hear what you are saying shyguitar.  On my state lotto tickets that I get I can have like one or two numbers right and then be one off on three other numbers.  Then sometimes I will be like two numbers on the bottom row and three numbers one off and then the sixth number will be on the top row.  I just stare at the ticket and say to myself next time is when I will get them all.  It happened to me last week twice in two drawings so it does blow big time.  But I think to myself it was not meant to be and on to the next ticket.-weshar75

If you play all the numbers in your state game than there's a good chance you're going to match all six winning numbers usually one or two on a line.

* you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket *

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 Posted: December 3, 2014, 12:16 am - IP Logged

Sometimes it's best to pick your numbers by writing them out before you buy the tickets. Once you've written the numbers, pick one or two numbers from each line to create a new line of numbers.

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 Posted: December 3, 2014, 1:00 am - IP Logged

It bugs me too. Especially when I see the winning numbers that have a couple of my lucky numbers in there but i didn't happen to play that draw!

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 Posted: December 3, 2014, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

Another way of playing your numbers but I don't think that works.

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 Posted: December 4, 2014, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

i use   2 ^n as the odds you will be 1 off every drawn.

n= number of balls drawn

so as an example  if 6 numbers are drawn you are  64 more times likely to get every number 1 off the actual drawn numbers

or of 5 numbers drawn, 32 times more likely

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keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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 Posted: December 4, 2014, 9:32 pm - IP Logged

I play Powerball and MegaMillions in my office lottery pool but on my own, I strictly play Lotto and Easy 5, since the odds are better. I only play MegaMillions and Powerball if the jackpots break \$100 million. When it comes to being close, I played Powerball with Powerplay for my 10th wedding anniversary 3 years ago and won \$100. I was literally 1 number away from \$40,000. Ever since, I've played my wedding anniversary numbers every year around that time. Haven't had that kind of luck since, but I keep trying.

Prisoner Six

"I am not a number, I am a free man!"