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(Detroit Free Press)   Five winning $250K lottery tickets purchased at the same store on the same day. No, not suspicious. Not at all. Happens all the time   (freep.com) divider line 109
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2012-03-23 11:31:28 AM
An occasional player, who puts down $5 only when the prize is ridiculously high, mismarks the $5 ticket to buy 5 of the same random number instead of 5 different random numbers.

That doesn't seem all that unlikely to me.
 
2012-03-23 12:00:46 PM
Or the number was something from a tv show or something like that.
 
2012-03-23 01:48:55 PM
People have lucky numbers they play all the time. Since this is a big pot, I could see someone playing those numbers multiple times.
 
2012-03-23 01:51:05 PM
Wow... what are the odds?

/that's a kick right in the statisticals
 
2012-03-23 02:15:02 PM
Whats mega mil up to now? has to be over 300
 
2012-03-23 02:17:44 PM
They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into...
 
2012-03-23 02:22:52 PM
That's called a coincidence, and it actually happens pretty frequently.
 
2012-03-23 02:23:17 PM
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2012-03-23 02:23:29 PM
"We have had instances before when a player had a hunch and bought more than one ticket for a particular drawing," Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen said in a statement. "If that is the case this time, the player's hunch has paid off."

"Hunch" LOL

You mean someone found a way to bust one of your games but you can't admit that or everyone would stop playing.
 
2012-03-23 02:23:33 PM
And in other news:
"FBI warns of new banking scam"
 
2012-03-23 02:23:36 PM
I blame an autistic kid or a fat Hispanic guy.
 
2012-03-23 02:23:59 PM
one of two things happened...

1. same person picked the same numbers on 5 tickets instead of getting different numbers on each...he's a dumbass.
2. computer glitch.

either way, i'm sure their 'investigation' will reveal a glitch so they dont' have to pay out...

/drtfa...
 
2012-03-23 02:24:48 PM
IS HE A TIME TRAVELER?
 
2012-03-23 02:25:23 PM
Local Chinese restaurant got a bad batch of fortune cookies all with the same numbers?
 
2012-03-23 02:25:28 PM
HotWingConspiracy

"We have had instances before when a player had a hunch and bought more than one ticket for a particular drawing," Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen said in a statement. "If that is the case this time, the player's hunch has paid off."

"Hunch" LOL

You mean someone found a way to bust one of your games but you can't admit that or everyone would stop playing.


so you are saying it is some sort of conspiracy?


/happened in Kansas a few years ago. A guy forgot he had bought his ticket a day earlier, bought the same numbers again, BAM. $100,000 twice.

/I would love to win $10
 
2012-03-23 02:25:45 PM

HotWingConspiracy: "We have had instances before when a player had a hunch and bought more than one ticket for a particular drawing," Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen said in a statement. "If that is the case this time, the player's hunch has paid off."

"Hunch" LOL

You mean someone found a way to bust one of your games but you can't admit that or everyone would stop playing.


The alternative explanation, that you're supporting, is that someone was smart enough to rig or predict winning lottery numbers. However, despite having as much free money as they wanted, they opted to only buy five tickets, and then buy them all at the same store?

Is that what you're saying?
 
2012-03-23 02:27:05 PM

Walker: IS HE A TIME TRAVELER?


Yeah, that's what I would do if I was a time traveller. Buy some lottery tickets and then go kill Sarah Palin Hitler .
 
2012-03-23 02:27:07 PM
No, subby, that is not suspicious at all. It's not a coincidence, it's the same person, who put the same numbers, on 5 tickets. Now things are going to get even weirder - you don't even need 5 separate tickets to do it.

I get that this is hard for you to comprehend. It seems that way for others in the thread. I'll admit, had I not worked at a gas station previously in my life, I too would have felt this way. But this is the way it is.
 
2012-03-23 02:27:24 PM
The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made a living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets
 
2012-03-23 02:27:35 PM
One way that statisticians detect that a list of random numbers is not truly random (such as in flipping coins, etc.) is when it does not contain a string or two of unusual event just like this.

That is what makes it truly random.
 
2012-03-23 02:27:58 PM

Fubini: HotWingConspiracy: "We have had instances before when a player had a hunch and bought more than one ticket for a particular drawing," Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen said in a statement. "If that is the case this time, the player's hunch has paid off."

"Hunch" LOL

You mean someone found a way to bust one of your games but you can't admit that or everyone would stop playing.

The alternative explanation, that you're supporting, is that someone was smart enough to rig or predict winning lottery numbers. However, despite having as much free money as they wanted, they opted to only buy five tickets, and then buy them all at the same store?

Is that what you're saying?


Is it a scratch off? You don't need to rig anything if they've designed a poor game.
 
2012-03-23 02:28:21 PM

ihatedumbpeople: 1. same person picked the same numbers on 5 tickets instead of getting different numbers on each...he's a dumbass.


1 2 3 4 5 6 on 5 tickets is 5 payouts of 250k when it wins.

hes has 1.25 million dollars instead of just 250k.

I think you are projecting with your dumbass comment.
 
2012-03-23 02:28:22 PM

ihatedumbpeople: one of two things happened...

1. same person picked the same numbers on 5 tickets instead of getting different numbers on each...he's a dumbass.
2. computer glitch.

either way, i'm sure their 'investigation' will reveal a glitch so they dont' have to pay out...

/drtfa...


That would be stupid. The big payout is $300 million. This is only 1.25 million and they got publicity out of it. It is impossible for the lottery officials to lose money on the lottery. Knowing that, they love paying the money out, it gets them attention.
 
2012-03-23 02:28:23 PM

Eating Old People to Save Social Security: Whats mega mil up to now? has to be over 300


$290 million. The cash option is $205 million.
 
2012-03-23 02:29:18 PM

Fubini: That's called a coincidence, and it actually happens pretty frequently.


So many coincidences,
Al Gore Discovers AGW Just In Time.
Sara Palin leads all GOP Princes to the Throne in Popularity.
Wall Street goes bust just when there is money availible to bail them out and shrink said money supply in one taxpayer swell foop.
There is a Madam to the Stars busted in DC in election year.
People hearing booms in the night just when there is a dry winter.

They just keep comming,,,
 
2012-03-23 02:29:37 PM
Just because something has long odds, doesn't mean it will never happen. If Chris Cornell wins an Academy award for Best Picture, I'll be a very rich man.
 
2012-03-23 02:29:58 PM

HotWingConspiracy: Is it a scratch off?


No.

www.vivahotnews.com
 
2012-03-23 02:31:21 PM

tricycleracer:


Thank you! Came for that leaving content.
 
2012-03-23 02:31:55 PM

I_Am_Weasel: They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into...


bp2.blogger.com



Agrees.
 
2012-03-23 02:31:57 PM

lennavan: HotWingConspiracy: Is it a scratch off?

No.

[www.vivahotnews.com image 453x312]


Oh, carry on then, carry on.

Sounds like the guy just played the same numbers on multiple tickets, then? I don't get why someone would do that.
 
2012-03-23 02:32:15 PM
Some people play wheel systems...groups of numbers in different combinations. If one of those hit the right way it would do this.

Or it's the Law of Really Big Numbers paying off.
 
2012-03-23 02:32:35 PM
So much for a tax on stupidity
 
2012-03-23 02:32:40 PM
One member of a family bought 5 tickets, choosing the same numbers, to hand out to other family members. Subby is a moron.
 
2012-03-23 02:32:43 PM
www.djdchronology7.com

Now what are the odds of that?
 
2012-03-23 02:33:11 PM

GungFu: Walker: IS HE A TIME TRAVELER?

Yeah, that's what I would do if I was a time traveller. Buy some lottery tickets and then go kill Sarah Palin Hitler .


The time traveller has two choices.

A> Buy 5 winning tickets worth $1,250,000.
B> Buy 1 winning ticket worth $241,000,000.

The time traveller picking option A is probably a moron.
 
2012-03-23 02:33:50 PM
People buy blocks of numbers all the time. Missed the jackpot 5 times by one number. Still a pretty good payout.
 
2012-03-23 02:33:56 PM
Headline leaving out critical facts? Say it isn't so.
 
2012-03-23 02:35:36 PM

I_Am_Weasel: GungFu: Walker: IS HE A TIME TRAVELER?

Yeah, that's what I would do if I was a time traveller. Buy some lottery tickets and then go kill Sarah Palin Hitler .

The time traveller has two choices.

A> Buy 5 winning tickets worth $1,250,000.
B> Buy 1 winning ticket worth $241,000,000.

The time traveller picking option A is probably a moron.


The time traveling might make the brain like swiss cheese. He might have forgotten the mega ball number, or if it was written down the paper got smudged on that number.
 
2012-03-23 02:35:48 PM
I noticed the unusually high number of "5 numbers without the Mega" hit here in California, because all other states use a fixed amount for those, instead using a parimutuel system. Since 21 people hit it, they only got about $56K instead of the usual six-figure prize. Just as I suspected, all five numbers were really low, so a lot of dumbasses that play birthdays tied. This is why I always have at least one number on each board that's higher than 31. I know my odds are the same as anybody else's, but I won't get screwed on the parimutuel system.

/Plays $5 when the jackpots are $50M and above
//It's worth a shot and not going to break me
 
2012-03-23 02:36:00 PM
Sounds like a hoax, or publicity stunt.
/ O_O must go buy lottery tickets.
 
2012-03-23 02:36:32 PM

ManRay: Some people play wheel systems...groups of numbers in different combinations. If one of those hit the right way it would do this.

Or it's the Law of Really Big Numbers paying off.


The game doesn't work on sequences -- it's a straight draw.

Now, it could be that they picked the same "base" numbers but with different "Mega" numbers
 
2012-03-23 02:37:04 PM

HotWingConspiracy: lennavan: HotWingConspiracy: Is it a scratch off?

No.

[www.vivahotnews.com image 453x312]

Oh, carry on then, carry on.

Sounds like the guy just played the same numbers on multiple tickets, then? I don't get why someone would do that.


Sorta. You can think about them as multiple tickets but I'm sure it's just a single piece of paper. That pic I posted above is 5 different tickets, on a single piece of paper. Whoever this person who won was probably just had their lucky numbers and played $5 on it.

Think of it this way - the minimum buy in for these that most people choose is $1. This person just bet $5 on their numbers. Beyond that I can't really explain it. It's not a logical thing so much as it is a habit or mental thing. We used to call them the "lottery ladies." They were for the most part, women.
 
2012-03-23 02:37:56 PM
Like the girl who told me she had a "system" for winning in Keno. I didn't put into the pool, and they lost.
 
2012-03-23 02:38:09 PM
Does subby know what the word suspicious means?
 
2012-03-23 02:38:09 PM
Not really getting the "suspicious" part.

If you hit less than the jackpot, it is still multiple wins instead of 1, as pointed out by Giltric

If you hit the jackpot, and other people do to, you get a bigger slice of the pie.
Lets say you and two other people hold winning tickets, you each get 33% of the jackpot.
If you buy 5 tickets with the same numbers, and the other two each have their 1 ticket, you have now taken 71% of the jackpot, and totally screwed over the other two. Well done.
 
2012-03-23 02:38:13 PM

Donnchadha: Now, it could be that they picked the same "base" numbers but with different "Mega" numbers


Hah, yeah that's also a strong possibility.
 
2012-03-23 02:39:06 PM
Headline - Five winning $250K lottery tickets purchased at the same store on the same day. No, not suspicious. Not at all. Happens all the time

FTFA - "We have had instances before when a player had a hunch and bought more than one ticket for a particular drawing," Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen said in a statement. "If that is the case this time, the player's hunch has paid off."
 
2012-03-23 02:39:48 PM
When they ask me if I want to play the lottery here at work, I say as smugly as possible "If I wanted to give more money to the government, I would just write a check"
 
2012-03-23 02:40:20 PM
Hey I work down the street from that Meijer.
 
2012-03-23 02:40:25 PM

Jake Havechek: Like the girl who told me she had a "system" for winning in Keno. I didn't put into the pool, and they lost.


They lost because you didn't put into the pool. That was her system and you screwed it up. Jerk.
 
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