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Can't Figure CA Super Lotto Odds

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San Diego
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Posted: July 1, 2004, 1:05 am - IP Logged

I can't get my formulas to match the published odds on the playslips. Can somebody check my numbers. When I take the 'non-mega' portion of the playslips, I have a 5/47 lottery. My calculations show:

5/5 -- 1 : 1,533,939.00

4/5 -- 1 : 7,304.47

3/5 -- 1 : 178.16

2/5 -- 1 : 13.36

1/5 -- 1: 2.74

The back of the playslips state:

5/5 -- 1 : 1,592,937

4/5 -- 1 : 7,585

3/5 -- 1 : 185

2/5 -- not published

1/5 -- not published

I can't seem to construct their numbers.  What gives?


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    Posted: July 1, 2004, 2:40 am - IP Logged

    Matching 5 of 5 only means that you do not match the Mega number.  Therefore, there are 26 unique sets of matching 5 of 5 without getting the Mega and only one unique set of matching 5 of 5 plus the Mega. 

    If you multiply the odds that you calculated by 27 and divide by 26, which is the number of variations without matching the Mega number, then you will get the odds printed on the playslip.

      San Diego
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      Posted: July 1, 2004, 2:48 am - IP Logged
      Quote: Originally posted by tsai3904 on July 01, 2004



      Matching 5 of 5 only means that you do not match the Mega number.  Therefore, there are 26 unique sets of matching 5 of 5 without getting the Mega and only one unique set of matching 5 of 5 plus the Mega. 

      If you multiply the odds that you calculated by 27 and divide by 26, which is the number of variations without matching the Mega number, then you will get the odds printed on the playslip.





      Aha! The Mega number messes things up. Totally correct. Thanks. My head is bruised from bumping into the wall.

      Muchas  gracias. I can sleep better now.