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Power Ball winner. Maybe not.

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Posted: January 9, 2016, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

We have 322,806,000 million people in the US. 23.1 % are under 18 years old. Which leaves 248,337,914 of legal age to buy tickets. 
With the odds of 292,201,338:1 to one of winning, if each person bought one ticket, there would still be 43,863,424 unsold combinations.

Of course people will buy more than one ticket. I'm just putting the odds of winning in perspective. So maybe no one hits the jackpot after all.

Good  Luck!!!

"You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

Don't just think outside the box, crush it.

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    Posted: January 9, 2016, 6:08 pm - IP Logged

    I wish PB and Mega published what percentage of all the combinations have been covered. Updated every hour.

    May the balls bounce in your favor!

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      Posted: January 9, 2016, 6:19 pm - IP Logged

      I wish PB and Mega published what percentage of all the combinations have been covered. Updated every hour.

      Especially any that are played more than once.

      "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

      The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

      Don't just think outside the box, crush it.

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        bel air maryland
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        Posted: January 10, 2016, 2:16 am - IP Logged

        We have 322,806,000 million people in the US. 23.1 % are under 18 years old. Which leaves 248,337,914 of legal age to buy tickets. 
        With the odds of 292,201,338:1 to one of winning, if each person bought one ticket, there would still be 43,863,424 unsold combinations.

        Of course people will buy more than one ticket. I'm just putting the odds of winning in perspective. So maybe no one hits the jackpot after all.

        Good  Luck!!!

        Maybe there's a winner Wednesday. Most likely Saturday. Maybe... Maybe not. We'll see.  Thumbs Up

        Good  Luck!!!

        "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

        The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

        Don't just think outside the box, crush it.

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          Posted: January 10, 2016, 5:18 am - IP Logged

          Especially any that are played more than once.

          That's a good point.

          However, to do so would actually discourage people from playing.  Who would want to play their favorite numbers knowing in advance they would have to share the big one with someone else ?

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            Posted: January 10, 2016, 7:13 am - IP Logged

            That's a good point.

            However, to do so would actually discourage people from playing.  Who would want to play their favorite numbers knowing in advance they would have to share the big one with someone else ?

            I guess they'd give a percentage of duplicates, not a searchable database.

            If anything, I think it'll encourage people to buy more lines.

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              Posted: January 10, 2016, 8:51 am - IP Logged

              "Especially any that are played more than once."

              Why? Are you going to wait until the  last minute, then check them to make sure your combination hasn't been played yet? If so you should ask the guy that started the thread how many combinations there are.

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                Posted: January 10, 2016, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                That's a good point.

                However, to do so would actually discourage people from playing.  Who would want to play their favorite numbers knowing in advance they would have to share the big one with someone else ?

                Or maybe they would play something different to avoid splitting the jackpot. There are most likely already people that play the same numbers. According to the L.A. Times, nationwide over 1 billion tickets were sold for Saturdays drawing. And still no winner...  I'm sure there were some duplicates.

                Examples. Someone that plays 1,2,3,4,5, 6 just as a goof. People that play all the numbers on one line on the play slip. (Kind of like Bingo.) People that play their birthdays. There are plenty born on the same day. It's kind of like the people that use 2580 as their PIN #. (2580 is the middle row on their phone.)

                "You can observe a lot just by watching." Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball player.

                The numbers will tell you what numbers to play. Pay attention to the numbers.

                Don't just think outside the box, crush it.