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Old 03-29-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Question 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

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mega-m...-numbers-.html
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:31 PM   #3
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Ohhhh,
I'm not a number picker,
I'm a number picker's bum
I'm only picking numbers
while the number picker's numb.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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MegaMillions historical stats

Frequency Chart:

http://www.txlottery.org/export/site...343975900.html

How consistent is it with the article data? I see a couple discrepancies.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:20 PM   #5
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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?
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
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Is anyone buying for tomorrow's drawing?
I'm in. Single quick-pick.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:28 PM   #7
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I'm in. Single quick-pick.
Dammit.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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Good point - the third way to benefit - wait for jackpots.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #9
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are there any patterns with the lottery numbers for other states?
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:22 PM   #10
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are there any patterns with the lottery numbers for other states?
I've never seen any patterns that I can pick up on.

I like to choose my own numbers, though. I don't trust the easy picks ("lucky dips"/"quick-picks") from the machine.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:27 AM   #11
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Played $10 - 10 games - 60 numbers. got 4 numbers, total, 2 in one game, no megaball. That wins me $0.00. Oh well.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:42 AM   #12
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When I lived in a very poor upstate NY town, I got my gas at a Red Apple convenience store and I'd invariable get caught in a line of lottery tickets and cigarettes folks... it was depressing to watch.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #13
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I don't play the lottery.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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I'm leveraged in on this one - the office pool.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:34 AM   #15
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Never play.
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