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  • Because I'd hate to have to share $425 million with even 10 people.

    /people
  • That makes no logistical sense whatsoever.
  • Stay away from 7 and 11? How about back door Little Joe?
  • Sybarite: Stay away from 7 and 11? How about back door Little Joe?


    Just remember to pick up the cash flow.
  • Nearly half a billion - no wonder there is a global cash flow problem - most of the money is now in bank accounts earning interest that can never be spent fast enough..........
  • Who actually plays the lottery with a strategy to win? If you're doing that then you've got bigger issues than which numbers to play. Just do it for fun, to let yourself dream a little. That's what I'm paying for when I buy a ticket.
  • Author wants to steer people away from his numbers so he doesn't have to share if he wins.
  • Or simply don't play at all. Then you DEFINATELY won't have to share.

    Common sense isn't so common.
  • SurfaceTension: Who actually plays the lottery with a strategy to win? If you're doing that then you've got bigger issues than which numbers to play. Just do it for fun, to let yourself dream a little. That's what I'm paying for when I buy a ticket.


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  • The only "strategy" I employ on the few occasions when I buy a ticket is for the benefit of my sanity: always autopick and never re-use set numbers. That way, when those set numbers come up two drawings after you decided to stop wasting your money, you won't have the urge to slash your wrists.
  • What a lot of people don't understand about winning the lottery is that it really isn't all that hard as long as you understand one key element of the entire equation: it's math, not luck, that matters. Specifically, it's the extrapolatables. You have to understand how the extrapolatables work to really get a clear picture of your real chances and what a sound investment in your lottery strategy will be. See, it's popular in news media to quote a figure you may have heard before: each player has a 1 in 175,000,000 chance of winning. Which sounds, let's be frank, pretty bad. But that's just the raw data with no extrapolatables added to it!

    So let's examine what this truly means. 1 in 175,000,000 means that every time you play the lottery, you've got to play 175,000,000 times before you win. Which gives a totally advantage to people who've been playing for a long time -- I mean, some guy who's been buying tickets for years versus you, when it's your first time? Why is that even allowed? It shouldn't be if they want a fair competition. So, to even the playing field, what you really want to do is assemble a team of people who've been playing the lottery for a long time. So, like, say you have five friends who are experienced lottery players:

    Buford: has played a total of 43 times
    Henrietta: has played 112 times
    Artie: has played 89 times
    Gomer: has played 1,122 times, but those are just scratch-offs so they only count half (561)
    Lucinda: has played 321 times

    Now, add up (extrapolate) the total plays you have on your team: 1687.

    So, now your chances, including yours, would appear to be 1688 in 175,000,000. But extrapolate that again and you find that that it's really works down to about 1 in 103,672. A great improvement, I'd say! So now each member of your team only needs to buy that many tickets (103, 672) to have a virtually 100 percent chance of winning.

    Yes, of course, that still represents a significant investment. Tickets cost $2 each, so if you extrapolate that cost across each player, it works out to be a $207,344 investment. But consider this: The jackpot, after taxes, will amount to about $273 million. Divide that among your six team members, it's works out to $45.5 million apiece. A $45.5 million return on an initial investment of under a quarter million? Banks would salivate at the opportunity to loan on that sort of return. And you could of course decrease the initial investment by adding members to your team, although in the scenario described above it would be even a better idea to just dump Buford, who's kind of a jackass anyway, and replace him with someone who's been playing the lottery longer. Remember, in the end, it's not the *number* of people in your team that matters -- it's how many chances they've already used up. Always consider the extrapolatables, people. Always.
  • Pocket Ninja: What a lot of people don't understand about winning the lottery....


    Makes more sense than anything else lottery addicts would say.

    \tip #6: Odds never change, no matter what your tinfoil hat says.
  • You either win or you lose, so buy at least two tickets.
  • I'm no expert in picking random numbers but I'm pretty sure, 'stay away from picking numbers' is a pretty fail strategy.
  • Tip #6: Have someone else pick the numbers. When things go wrong, it's always nice to have someone else to blame.
  • Never play six hundred and threescore and six, you'll have to share the winnngs with millions of Vincent Price and Iron Maiden fans.
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    PROBABILITIES DO NOT WORK THAT WAY
  • I plan to buy a ticket with the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6, Powerball 7.

    Are my odds of winning the same?
  • PreMortem: Or simply don't play at all. Then you DEFINATELY won't have to share.

    Common sense isn't so common.


    Poor spelling is quite common.
  • Aptly tagged. Someone at ABC needs a course in probability.
  • brap: Never play six hundred and threescore and six, you'll have to share the winnngs with millions of Vincent Price and Iron Maiden fans.


    "and the lottery numbers are 6-6-6-45-43-42"

    some pothead with an Iron Miaden t shirt is like "oh shiat i won!"
  • Mugato: Sybarite: Stay away from 7 and 11? How about back door Little Joe?

    Just remember to pick up the cash flow.


    Did momma cook you breakfast with no hog?
  • Pretty sure there's no strategy in picking random numbers.

    /Would take sharing a half billion $ vs sharing zero $.
  • You have to win first to worry about sharing, and we all know how low the odds of that are.

    Really, you're buying some entertainment in the form of daydreaming. Why not skip the part where you actually buy the ticket go right to the part where you daydream about winning the lottery.
  • It makes perfect sense. People use those numbers more, meaning that if those numbers DO win, you'll have a greater chance of having to share. It doesn't have anything to do with the probability of winning at all.

    The best chance is playing the same numbers every single drawing without fail. Still shiatty odds tho.
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