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havana_joe: You don't even have to buy a ticket to win the lottery. It's technically possible that you find the winning ticket on the side of the road after someone dropped it or a friend/family member buys you a ticket without your knowledge and that ticket ends up being the winner.
Sure, the odds of either event are remote but not impossible; therefore you don't even have to play the lottery to actually win the lottery!

This must explain the larger than normal number of hobos I saw under the High Five overpass this morning.

Lt. Cheese Weasel: havana_joe: You don't even have to buy a ticket to win the lottery. It's technically possible that you find the winning ticket on the side of the road after someone dropped it or a friend/family member buys you a ticket without your knowledge and that ticket ends up being the winner.
Sure, the odds of either event are remote but not impossible; therefore you don't even have to play the lottery to actually win the lottery!

This must explain the larger than normal number of hobos I saw under the High Five overpass this morning.

I'm just saying it's not technically impossible to win without playing.

The advice is correct. Although the odds of any one combination of hitting is the same as any other single combination, if you pick less-common numbers you have a better chance of not splitting it. One person you will be splitting it with is Uncle Sam. Alsom, if you get the lump sum, it's a smaller number.

There is no edge, even if the jackpot is greater than the number of tickets to win would indicate.

Pocket Ninja: Always consider the extrapolatables, people. Always.

Are those like the Statisticals that proved John McCain won?

cartooned: The article also says
"However, the more people buy tickets, the worse a person's chances get."
Ummm...

Also, Pocket Ninja, I'm not a math whiz but it doesn't work that way. Your odds of matching the numbers are 1 in 175,000,000 EVERY TIME YOU PLAY, whether you play once or 100,000 times. The only way to bring that statistic down is to play different numbers for the same drawing. play 2 different numbers on 2 tickets in one drawing and your odds are halfed. Play 2 different numbers on 2 tickets in 2 different drawings and the odds are still 1 in 175,000,000 each time.

I think the article is about winning the FULL amount, so in that case it's true, your chances of winning the jackpot, and not having to share with 1-100 people is higher the fewer people that play/or buy multi tickets.

I just wonder how dumb you have to be to not understand pocket ninjas post was tongue in cheek?

Probably buying lottery ticket and expecting to win dumb.

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