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# I Maintain that the Theory Any Powerball Combo can Win Is BS

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Is there any College to Contact that would run a non-stop Powerball Computer Simulation for say a year shooting out winning combinations every 10 seconds or so? The law of probability says all numbers have equal chance of winning. I say this is BS I maintain that if Powerball Lasted 1000 years you'd still never see a winner with 5 consecutive numbers in a row or even 6 numbers in a row ( i.e. Powerball __ 1,2,3,4,5  or Powerball __ 19,20,21,22,23 and so on or 1 Powerball 2,3,4,5,6   Yes Probability wise this can happen but the reality is it never has or won't.  I know this sounds like nonsense but is it?

I don't know what a name for what I'm saying is called. I say the same in things like the JFK Assassination as what are the odds that The Magic Bullet Theory would happen in an Assassination Attempt meaning while the odds of the Magic Bullet Theory happening by itself are quite large, the odds of it happening during a Presidential Assassination, are astronomical.

Yeah your probably calling this stupid or idiotic so be it.

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Why so defensive?  You are right -- these events are extremely unlikely.

What you are missing, however, is the nature of randomness.  5 consecutive could happen in 256 years or it could happen in the next draw and again 12 draws after that.  Or anything else in between.

"There is no such thing as luck; only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe."

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according to excel combin function there are a few more than 11 million combinations .  there are 65 ways that 5 numbers in sequence could occur. so 11 million divided by 65 gives about 169000, so a sequential draw should occur sometime within the next 3254 yrs.

out of curiosity i used excels random function to see how long it would take to spit out a sequential combination.  after 4 runs   198456,  70812,  156783, and 141966  fairly close to the expected

a sequential number group could be in the next draw.  every combination has the same probability.

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Haven't used excel in years. So you simulated powerball drawings and you actually "physically" came up with 5 consecutive numbers on one simulated drawing?

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Haven't used excel in years. So you simulated powerball drawings and you actually "physically" came up with 5 consecutive numbers on one simulated drawing?

I just set the program to generate 5 random numbers 1-69. then checked to see if they were consecutive numbers and keep looping until they were.  in 4 trials (not very scientific) i had these results: 1 st run took  198456 simulated drawings, 2nd run 70812,  3rd run 156783, and 4 th run 141966 .  so yes, 5 consecutive numbers in 1 draw. math says this should happen every 169000 drawings +- .  there over 11 million possible combinations there are 65 combinations with 5 sequential numbers.  11 million/65=169000 and change.

the math is good to know but as you see you need a lot more to get a playable number.

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Why don't you test this theory out yourself. There is a good simulator online that is like a monte carlo simulation. You input your numbers and it will do 1,000's of random draws each second and tracks your ROI, Years Played, and some other metrics. If you do an Internet search for "Adam Lottery Simulator" and chose the first hit you can find the simulator in that post. I think in the post the guy mentions it took 13k years to hit 1,2,3,4,5 PB:6.

Let us know what your study shows.

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I'm going to play some consecutive numbers for the next pb draw.

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A couple years ago PA had a drawing with the numbers 1-2-3-4-5.  I think there were thousands of winners

who all won a few bucks.  Playing consecutive numbers is a bad idea for this reason but as far as the odds

go, it's a possibility and as such it can and does happen.   These sort of sets look impossible to show but

that's purely an illusion.  Take any set you choose and the chances are that it has never been drawn by any

lottery.  If we look we can find lines that have hit more than once but that's also within the realm if possibility.

In most ball-drop lotteries the balls are not entered into the hopper in any sort of order so it's not like the

balls 1-2-3-4-5 etc.. go from order to chaos then back to order.  Math can be used to assess these sort of

assumption and derive the truth.   Many deem the lottery completely random and as such anyone attempting

to predict their numbers must be lacking math skills and or is delusional.  I don't think true random exist so

I fall somewhere in the middle of possible and impossible.

RL

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I will consider the opinion that my winnings are a product of chance if you are willing to consider

they are not.  Many great discoveries come while searching for something else

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A couple years ago PA had a drawing with the numbers 1-2-3-4-5.  I think there were thousands of winners

who all won a few bucks.  Playing consecutive numbers is a bad idea for this reason but as far as the odds

go, it's a possibility and as such it can and does happen.   These sort of sets look impossible to show but

that's purely an illusion.  Take any set you choose and the chances are that it has never been drawn by any

lottery.  If we look we can find lines that have hit more than once but that's also within the realm if possibility.

In most ball-drop lotteries the balls are not entered into the hopper in any sort of order so it's not like the

balls 1-2-3-4-5 etc.. go from order to chaos then back to order.  Math can be used to assess these sort of

assumption and derive the truth.   Many deem the lottery completely random and as such anyone attempting

to predict their numbers must be lacking math skills and or is delusional.  I don't think true random exist so

I fall somewhere in the middle of possible and impossible.

RL

I heard about the 1-2-3-4-5 in the PA lottery and tons of people winning. Exactly why playing a sequence of numbers is a bad idea. I have been running a monte carlo simulation all day on one set of numbers (not sequential) and I have simulated 47,134,000 and counting random draws which would take about 450,000 years using the current PB schedule. The results? I have spent around 94,000,000 dollars and won around 16,000,000 for a -83% ROI. I have won 1 million dollars only 5 times (5 white balls) and have yet to hit the jackpot.... Just puts things in perspective on how unlikely it is to win the powerball.

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Thanks for the info I will

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I agree, but like any other lotto games PB gotta follow certain rules like most/least frequently appearing digits, due pairs, triads, consecutive, PW # etc. Maybe stats can help.

Powerball Statistics

› Powerball Statistics

This Powerball statistics page displays a full list of useful numerical information from this popular lottery. Included on this page are the most common Powerball numbers, most overdue numbers and those drawn the least, as well as information on the most common pairs, triplets and which groups of numbers are commonly drawn consecutively.

The statistics on this page include all Powerball draws up to and including Saturday January 9th 2016.

Powerball main Numbers Frequency Table

 1 = 34 13 = 40 25 = 37 37 = 26 49 = 39 61 = 1 2 = 38 14 = 44 26 = 37 38 = 32 50 = 30 62 = 4 3 = 33 15 = 31 27 = 26 39 = 41 51 = 29 63 = 3 4 = 30 16 = 36 28 = 40 40 = 35 52 = 35 64 = 3 5 = 36 17 = 37 29 = 42 41 = 33 53 = 30 65 = 2 6 = 34 18 = 30 30 = 34 42 = 32 54 = 44 66 = 2 7 = 39 19 = 37 31 = 39 43 = 29 55 = 39 67 = 2 8 = 42 20 = 27 32 = 36 44 = 36 56 = 37 68 = 4 9 = 38 21 = 24 33 = 32 45 = 37 57 = 35 69 = 3 10 = 38 22 = 33 34 = 35 46 = 35 58 = 33 11 = 38 23 = 38 35 = 28 47 = 30 59 = 35 12 = 36 24 = 34 36 = 34 48 = 36 60 = 1

Powerball number Frequency Table

 1 = 15 2 = 10 3 = 9 4 = 7 5 = 13 6 = 11 7 = 17 8 = 7 9 = 9 10 = 13 11 = 12 12 = 11 13 = 13 14 = 12 15 = 12 16 = 15 17 = 17 18 = 15 19 = 12 20 = 14 21 = 8 22 = 13 23 = 12 24 = 11 25 = 12 26 = 10 27 = 13 28 = 12 29 = 20 30 = 7 31 = 4 32 = 12 33 = 16 34 = 8 35 = 14

Most Common Powerball Winning Numbers

 Ball Number Frequency Last Drawn 54 14 8 29 39 13 29 44 44 42 42 41 40 20 13daysago12/30/15 31daysago12/12/15 111daysago9/23/15 10daysago1/02/16 104daysago9/30/15 38daysago12/05/15 213daysago6/13/15

Most Overdue Numbers

 Ball Number Last Drawn 1 3 35 24 8 51 31 237daysago5/20/15 122daysago9/12/15 122daysago9/12/15 118daysago9/16/15 111daysago9/23/15 111daysago9/23/15 465daysago10/04/14

Least Often Picked Numbers

 Ball Number Frequency Last Drawn 61 60 65 66 67 63 31 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 13daysago12/30/15 80daysago10/24/15 17daysago12/26/15 45daysago11/28/15 20daysago12/23/15 6daysago1/06/16 465daysago10/04/14

Most common pairs and most common consecutive pairs

Ball Pairs:Consecutive Ball Pairs:
NumbersFrequency
324133
152632
152732
92331
154331
NumbersFrequency
7830
151630
444527
141525
131424

Most common triplets and most common consecutive triplets

Common Triplets:Consecutive Triplets:
NumbersFrequency
1018458
125296
213356
412386
522366
NumbersFrequency
3738393
7892
1415162
2021222
4344452
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Not every combination will win, that is sure. If the game lives for 1000 drawings, maximum 1000 distinct combinations could have paid the jackpot or shared a jackpot.

Eventually one combination will repeat continuously and it is likely that the shut down the game if that happens.

Maybe I think more than you do. Get off that beer and cigarette or whatever you are smoking, drinking, sniffing, eating or putting on yourself!

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I agree, but like any other lotto games PB gotta follow certain rules like most/least frequently appearing digits, due pairs, triads, consecutive, PW # etc. Maybe stats can help.

Powerball Statistics

› Powerball Statistics

This Powerball statistics page displays a full list of useful numerical information from this popular lottery. Included on this page are the most common Powerball numbers, most overdue numbers and those drawn the least, as well as information on the most common pairs, triplets and which groups of numbers are commonly drawn consecutively.

The statistics on this page include all Powerball draws up to and including Saturday January 9th 2016.

Powerball main Numbers Frequency Table

 1 = 34 13 = 40 25 = 37 37 = 26 49 = 39 61 = 1 2 = 38 14 = 44 26 = 37 38 = 32 50 = 30 62 = 4 3 = 33 15 = 31 27 = 26 39 = 41 51 = 29 63 = 3 4 = 30 16 = 36 28 = 40 40 = 35 52 = 35 64 = 3 5 = 36 17 = 37 29 = 42 41 = 33 53 = 30 65 = 2 6 = 34 18 = 30 30 = 34 42 = 32 54 = 44 66 = 2 7 = 39 19 = 37 31 = 39 43 = 29 55 = 39 67 = 2 8 = 42 20 = 27 32 = 36 44 = 36 56 = 37 68 = 4 9 = 38 21 = 24 33 = 32 45 = 37 57 = 35 69 = 3 10 = 38 22 = 33 34 = 35 46 = 35 58 = 33 11 = 38 23 = 38 35 = 28 47 = 30 59 = 35 12 = 36 24 = 34 36 = 34 48 = 36 60 = 1

Powerball number Frequency Table

 1 = 15 2 = 10 3 = 9 4 = 7 5 = 13 6 = 11 7 = 17 8 = 7 9 = 9 10 = 13 11 = 12 12 = 11 13 = 13 14 = 12 15 = 12 16 = 15 17 = 17 18 = 15 19 = 12 20 = 14 21 = 8 22 = 13 23 = 12 24 = 11 25 = 12 26 = 10 27 = 13 28 = 12 29 = 20 30 = 7 31 = 4 32 = 12 33 = 16 34 = 8 35 = 14

Most Common Powerball Winning Numbers

 Ball Number Frequency Last Drawn 54 14 8 29 39 13 29 44 44 42 42 41 40 20 13daysago12/30/15 31daysago12/12/15 111daysago9/23/15 10daysago1/02/16 104daysago9/30/15 38daysago12/05/15 213daysago6/13/15

Most Overdue Numbers

 Ball Number Last Drawn 1 3 35 24 8 51 31 237daysago5/20/15 122daysago9/12/15 122daysago9/12/15 118daysago9/16/15 111daysago9/23/15 111daysago9/23/15 465daysago10/04/14

Least Often Picked Numbers

 Ball Number Frequency Last Drawn 61 60 65 66 67 63 31 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 13daysago12/30/15 80daysago10/24/15 17daysago12/26/15 45daysago11/28/15 20daysago12/23/15 6daysago1/06/16 465daysago10/04/14

Most common pairs and most common consecutive pairs

Ball Pairs:Consecutive Ball Pairs:
NumbersFrequency
324133
152632
152732
92331
154331
NumbersFrequency
7830
151630
444527
141525
131424

Most common triplets and most common consecutive triplets

Common Triplets:Consecutive Triplets:
NumbersFrequency
1018458
125296
213356
412386
522366
NumbersFrequency
3738393
7892
1415162
2021222
4344452
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All combinations are equally likely.

In Powerball there is a 1 in 292 million chance of 1-2-3-4-5-6 being chosen

There is also a 1 in 292 million chance of  4-8-19-27-34-10 being chosen

Pointing out that 1-2-3-4-5-6 has never come up before is of exactly as much value as pointing out that

4-18-19-27-34-10 had never come up before

Go ahead, run a simulation and tell us how long on average it takes for 4-18-19-27-34-10 to come up,

or 18-19-20-46-51-12 or ANY other combination.

The answer will be the same, every combination comes up on average once in 292 million trials

And the odds that 4-18-19-27-34-10 will come up on again Saturday's drawing is EXACTLY the same as any other set of numbers.

It is neither less likely or more likely to repeat.

The person in Chino who bought the winning ticket on Wed has EXACTLY the same chance of winning again on Sat if he buys the same number of tickets.

His odds won't decrease if he buys his tickets in Vermont instead of California and someone who lives in Vermont will not improve their odds of winning by buying their tickets in California.

Play Powerball long enough and you will lose \$1.80 out of every \$2 ticket you buy. Fipping a coin may lead to a streak of 20 heads in a row but over a large number of flips the number of heads will approach 50%.   Pennies don't remember how they were last flipped and balls don't remember which ball was picked last time.  Balls who were picked last week don't get shy and avoid getting picked this week and balls that haven't been picked in a long time don't push to the front of the line and get picked more often in the future.

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Is there any College to Contact that would run a non-stop Powerball Computer Simulation for say a year shooting out winning combinations every 10 seconds or so? The law of probability says all numbers have equal chance of winning. I say this is BS I maintain that if Powerball Lasted 1000 years you'd still never see a winner with 5 consecutive numbers in a row or even 6 numbers in a row ( i.e. Powerball __ 1,2,3,4,5  or Powerball __ 19,20,21,22,23 and so on or 1 Powerball 2,3,4,5,6   Yes Probability wise this can happen but the reality is it never has or won't.  I know this sounds like nonsense but is it?

I don't know what a name for what I'm saying is called. I say the same in things like the JFK Assassination as what are the odds that The Magic Bullet Theory would happen in an Assassination Attempt meaning while the odds of the Magic Bullet Theory happening by itself are quite large, the odds of it happening during a Presidential Assassination, are astronomical.

Yeah your probably calling this stupid or idiotic so be it.

I Maintain that the Theory Any Powerball Combo can Win Is BS

1-2-3-4-5 and PB 6 have the same chance as any other combination. Just because you feel that sequence is unlikely to happen, doesn't change the fact that it still has the same chance as any other combination.

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