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(Yahoo)   Tip #5 on winning the $425,000,000 Powerball: "Stay away from common lucky numbers like 3, 7 and 11 as well as numbers under 31 because they could be popular calendar dates like birthdays and anniversaries and would mean sharing the jackpot"   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 156
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2012-11-27 05:45:03 PM

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.
 
2012-11-27 07:13:48 PM

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.
 
2012-11-27 07:18:41 PM
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.
 
2012-11-27 08:08:06 PM

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


Are those like the Statisticals that proved John McCain won?
 
2012-11-28 11:13:48 AM

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.
 
2012-11-29 09:47:13 AM
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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