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pastortoy 03-29-2012 07:24 PM

The number picker's dilemma
“Do you go with the numbers that show up the most often because they're hot, or do you go with the numbers that show up the least often because they're well overdue?”

By Elizabeth Trotta | Yahoo! Finance – Wed, Mar 28, 2012 6:14 PM EDT

ZenGum 03-29-2012 07:30 PM

Neither. Numbers are never hot nor due.

There are two ways to profit from lotteries.

One is to pick numbers higher than 31, or at least higher than 12. Many people use important dates for their favourite numbers, and so numbers under 31 are over-picked, and if you do pick these and they come up, you risk having to share the winnings with more people.

The other way is simple.

Run the lottery.

ZenGum 03-29-2012 07:31 PM

I'm not a number picker,
I'm a number picker's bum
I'm only picking numbers
while the number picker's numb.

pastortoy 03-29-2012 08:03 PM

MegaMillions historical stats
Frequency Chart:

How consistent is it with the article data? I see a couple discrepancies.

pastortoy 03-29-2012 08:20 PM

Big US multi-state MegaMillions jackpot tomorrow.
Is anyone buying for tomorrow's drawing? Never play?

If you are playing, are you a regular player or just when the jackpot grows large?

How do you choose your numbers or do you go with easy picks?

ZenGum 03-29-2012 08:25 PM

Good point - the third way to benefit - wait for jackpots.

monster 03-29-2012 08:39 PM

are there any patterns with the lottery numbers for other states?

monster 03-29-2012 08:39 PM

I don't play the lottery.

pastortoy 03-29-2012 09:16 PM

I'm leveraged in on this one - the office pool. :folks:

Griff 03-30-2012 05:34 AM

Never play.

jimhelm 03-30-2012 10:07 AM

i passed this time. Either I'll be the only one working here, or the only one with my $10.

wolf 03-30-2012 10:31 AM

I don't pay the tax on stupid people. Or maybe they aren't stupid. They just can't do math.

Okay, I admit that I have occasionally played, but mainly when a group of people at work decided to go in to a big batch of losing tickets.

I had an uncle who played a lot who would go on and on about his wins, a hundred here, a thousand there ... near as we could determine, he probably spent at least five grand a year on tickets and never made it back. But, you only remember the wins, right?

JBKlyde 03-30-2012 02:31 PM

If the winner of the lottery gets "stoned to death" then the lottery is evil.

Spexxvet 03-30-2012 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by JBKlyde (Post 804624)
If the winner of the lottery gets "stoned to death" then the lottery is evil.

What if (s)he just gets stoned?

Sundae 03-30-2012 03:02 PM

I play the Euromillions Lottery on the closest draw after payday. Sometimes twice a month, depending on finaces. Never more.

I always play "lucky dip" (numbers randomly selected).
I don't expect I'll ever win, but £2-4 a month buys a lot of dreams. And it's cheaper and healthier than a pint of beer.

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