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Posted: January 30, 2004, 9:32 am - IP Logged

Here's how NOT to calculate

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    Posted: January 30, 2004, 11:52 am - IP Logged
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    Check the State Lottery Report Card
    What grade did your lottery earn?

     

    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
    Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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      Posted: January 30, 2004, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

      Sounds like one of the

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        Posted: January 30, 2004, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

        WoW... math gone horribly wrong...

        Playing more than one ticket per game is betting against yourself.

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          Posted: January 30, 2004, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

          <grin>

          But They wouldn't let him leave it posted on the Internet unless it was right, would They?????? They'd make him take it down if he was wrong, wouldn't They?????

          </grin>

          Seriously, he's halfway there - and accurate,  if the numbers had to be drawn in a specific order. Divide his final calculations by 720 (1x2x3x4x5x6) - the number of permutations of 6 numbers - and his figures are right on the money. But I have no intentions of telling him, since we all could spend the rest of our lives chasing down erroneous information posted on the 'Net and Emailing corrections. Let him live in blissful ignorance.

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            Posted: January 30, 2004, 5:33 pm - IP Logged

            This guy also has an odds page for calculating pick 3 and pick 4 lotteries. Says the odds for pick 4 are 1 Million to one.

            Too bad there is no e-mail address listed.

            What a dope.

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              Posted: January 30, 2004, 6:32 pm - IP Logged
              Quote: Originally posted by smd173 on January 30, 2004



              This guy also has an odds page for calculating pick 3 and pick 4 lotteries. Says the odds for pick 4 are 1 Million to one.

              Too bad there is no e-mail address listed.

              What a dope.




              Gee golly whiz everyone....does this mean the odds for the Pick 3 are three million to one, lol?

              "Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh"

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                Posted: January 30, 2004, 6:50 pm - IP Logged
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                Check the State Lottery Report Card
                What grade did your lottery earn?

                 

                Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                  Posted: January 30, 2004, 7:01 pm - IP Logged

                  The home page for this bad in&

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                    Posted: January 30, 2004, 11:53 pm - IP Logged
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                      Posted: February 1, 2004, 10:55 am - IP Logged

                      He only did half the computation. If the order in which the balls were drawn mattered, then he would be correct. But order doesn't matter. 01 02 03 04 05 06 is the same as 06 05 04 03 02 01. To get the right odds you have to find out the number of combinations for any given set of six numbers drawn and then divide that into the final number he came up with. Any given set of winning numbers has 720 combinations if order was taken into account. 6 X 5 X 4 X 3 X 2 X 1 = 720. So you take his number 1,402,410,240 and divide it by 720 = 1,947,792. Since 6/36 games are usually two plays for a buck (or at least the one I play is) the odds are cut in half. Final odds are 1:973,896. This guy needs to do a little more homework before he posts something like that.

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                        Posted: February 1, 2004, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

                        Now all that needs to be d&

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