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How often do winning tickets have the same Power & one of five numbers?

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Posted: March 12, 2015, 2:54 pm - IP Logged

Hello! I'm new so forgive me if I screw up. I have searched for an answer to this question but have found bupkis.  I always feel that when my power or mega number is one of the 5 picks, my ticket is a wash. Am I being irrational? 

 

Thanks!

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    Posted: March 12, 2015, 5:22 pm - IP Logged

    YES!

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

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        Posted: March 13, 2015, 10:41 am - IP Logged

        I was looking for some info or opinion supporting or disproving my gut feeling.  I've tried researching it and found nothing. Scanning the past winning tickets I found nothing but that is very difficult to do and might have missed instances when it occurred.  So, again, does having the PB number as one of the 5 numbers makes it even more difficult to win PB?  TIA

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          Posted: March 13, 2015, 10:48 am - IP Logged

          January 10th - Powerball

          March 10th Mega Millions

           

          Just go to the official websites and review past winning combinations. I don't know of anyone who tracks this. The 5 balls are pulled from one pool and the bonus balls from another. So this can occur at anytime.

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            Posted: March 13, 2015, 10:55 am - IP Logged

            Thank you!

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              Posted: March 20, 2015, 11:11 pm - IP Logged

              We have another occurrence in this evening's MM drawing. 7 white ball/7 megaball

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                Posted: March 20, 2015, 11:45 pm - IP Logged

                Hello! I'm new so forgive me if I screw up. I have searched for an answer to this question but have found bupkis.  I always feel that when my power or mega number is one of the 5 picks, my ticket is a wash. Am I being irrational? 

                 

                Thanks!

                Go to the Blue "Results" tab at the top of the page > Select "Search Past Results" > choose your state > choose your jackpot game > Example: type in "2" in the first positional box, then type in "2" in the bonus ball box > choose match "1" number for both the pick 5 positional numbers and the bonus number > choose your date range

                The results will be the jackpot game results, where the number "2" appeared in both the 5 white balls AND the bonus ball.

                It would take you a while to search every number like this, but I don't know of any other way to do it.

                Good luck to you.

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                  Posted: March 24, 2015, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

                  The Mega/Power ball will match one of the white balls about 6.7% of the time on Mega Millions, 8.5% on Powerball.

                  The exact probability can be calculated as follows (I'm using MM for the explanation; PB can be calculated by changing the numbers to reflect the pool size of 59 instead of 75):

                  Whatever the Mega ball is, the probability that the first white ball drawn will not match it is 74/75.

                  The probability that the second will also not match it is 73/74

                  The third, fourth and fifth are 72/73, 71/72, and 70/71.

                  So the probability that none of the five will be the same as the Mega ball is (75/74)*(73/74)*(72/73)*(71/72)*(70/71) = 70/75 ≈ 0.933.

                  The probability that one of them will match is therefore about 0.067, or 6.7%.

                   

                  A lot of other things about the lottery can be calculated in similar ways.