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Are lotteries games of chance or intelligence?

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

I think both with the recent rash of wins in both MM and PB at relative low jackpot levels.

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    Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

    Wink Chance, Luck, Fate, GOD !Party

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      Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

      Type I still say those balls are little aliens

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        Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:39 pm - IP Logged

        From which planet ?  Lurking

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          Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

          I think both with the recent rash of wins in both MM and PB at relative low jackpot levels.

          The intelligence part is about 5% and luck is 95%.What constitutes intelligence here is knowing the game and how it's played, buying & then checking the ticket after the draw and finally cashing the ticket if it's a winner. Someone with mental handicaps might not know how to do any or all of these steps.

          That money's gone fo ever

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            Posted: March 26, 2015, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

            IMHO - If jackpot winner won with a self-pick combination = intelligence and luck.
            If won with a QP = he/she was at the right place at the right time = chance and dumb luck!

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              Posted: March 26, 2015, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

              Just call it Intelligent Chance Smiley

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                Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

                The choices you make determine whether you win or lose. 

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                  Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

                  I don't really care about the lottery that much.

                  Game theory: lottery needs to make money and winners need to win.

                  Somebody wins, good for them.  Everybody should be happy.

                   

                  If you not happy because you are a loser, then you got issues.

                  If people win because of cheating then shame on them.

                  But then again, accusing people of cheating is SHAMEFUL too!

                   

                  I have not won the lottery yet.  I have an awesome NN system with 40 to 50% win

                  rate.  Eventually, I will win the lottery.  Is it cheating because I know how to play

                  smarter???? I doubt it.

                   

                  There is order in chaos.  There is order in chance.  There is order in intelligence.

                  Think what you will about the lottery.  But please play happy or don't play at all.

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                    Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:32 pm - IP Logged

                      It does not take intelligence to purchase a lottery ticket. ..Just Money.

                    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                      Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

                      From which planet ?  Lurking

                      Tralfamadore. Kurt Vonnegut, Montana Wildhack, Billy Pilgrim and his dog, all that....

                      RJOh,

                      With the heavy preponderance of QPs hitting jackpots I'd say chance and nothing but chance.

                      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: March 26, 2015, 9:53 pm - IP Logged

                        I think both with the recent rash of wins in both MM and PB at relative low jackpot levels.

                        Pure chance. I haven't yet run the numbers on Powerball, but given current sales levels, there's about a 1 in 4 chance that someone will win Mega Millions before the jackpot reaches 50 million. The "rash of wins" is nothing out of the ordinary.

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                          Posted: March 26, 2015, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

                          Now I have run the numbers on Powerball. At current sales levels, about 1 in 4 jackpots will be under 80 million.

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                            Posted: March 30, 2015, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

                            I think it is luck.  Even if you pick your own numbers there is no guarantee those particular balls will be blown up by the air machine.  You are just buying a chance and someday you might get lucky.  You have to resolve to keep a ticket (or 2 or 22) in the games you want to win.

                            Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

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                              Posted: March 30, 2015, 1:16 pm - IP Logged

                                It does not take intelligence to purchase a lottery ticket. ..Just Money.

                              I agree--look at all the unclaimed money every year.  How smart do you have to be to check the numbers and turn in a claim for a winning ticket?

                              Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.-Rocky Balboa

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