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Half a billion dollars up for grabs in Powerball......

Discussion in 'The OT' started by cj9788, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. cj9788

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  2. AntAltMike

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    Back when the Massachusetts Megabucks was one of the biggest and most successful state lotteries in the country, a guy I knew used to "cover the board". Their numbers went up to 36 and he used to play six combos, 1-6, 2-13, etc.

    The Massachusetts lottery commission listed the ten most played combinations. They were those six rows, the first vertical column (1, 7, 13, etc) the two diagonals (1, 8, 15 etc., and 6, 11, 16 etc) and one other whose pattern basis I don't recall. Approximately 10,000 people were buying each of those combos each week, so if he ever won, he'd have gotten some stipulated minimum, like a few hundred dollars.

    If you don't want to share your pot, play mostly big numbers, as 1-31 are favored as birthdays, and 1-12 are also birth months.
     
  3. Henry

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    Got mine. Probably don't have a chance in hell but as they say; if you don't play, you won't win.
     
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    selling at a 130k per minute clip
     
  5. hdtvfan0001

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    These lottery situations are always quite entertaining...

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/28/15510840-11-things-more-likely-to-happen-than-winning-the-powerball-jackpot?lite

     
  6. lwilli201

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  7. Earl Bonovich

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    I purchased my $2 worth..

    I truely hope someone doesn't win....
    This thing would clear a Billion for Saturday.
     
  8. dennisj00

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    And close to 2 Billion by next Wednesday!
     
  9. Carl Spock

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    My rule is if it is over $100 million, I buy three numbers. Now that it's half a billion, I up'd my bet to five.

    If I win, I will bribe DirecTV to add C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 in HD.
     
  10. hdtvfan0001

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    Just got back buying 5 winning tickets for my wife.

    We're buying an island after we win tonight.
     
  11. Matt9876

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    I hope more than just one person gets to split all that lotto money, I don't play because I really understand the odds.

    also just watched a TV interview with a lady that totally ruined her life spending over $70,000 on the lottery. :eek2:
     
  12. Davenlr

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    I spend $3 when the jackpot is over $200 million for one ticket. Odds are, I wasted $3. Entertainment wise, watching the numbers come in, is worth the $3.

    If I won? Id set up an annuity to pay me about $100k/yr and give a million to each of my family members and friends, some to charity. I dont see it changing my life much. I might actually take a vacation to Hawaii for a week, but Id come right back to my little home and my dog and 3 cats.

    I cant even think of anything I want for Christmas.
     
  13. yosoyellobo

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    Is there any chance that you have the source for this. With almost two million possible combination I find it hard to believe that so many people would play the same number. Could you imagine the up roar if tomorrow 10,000 people win the powerball and split the 500 million.
     
  14. Laxguy

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    I'm in then!

    And I'll buy a 4K TV, and a little studio to produce content.....:hurah:
     
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    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    And I bet you're not a candidate to "date Brad Pitt", regardless of the "odds" or the oddity! :D

    I had the same thought re: shark attacks. Never seen one in a pool I've used....
     
  17. swyman18

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    Funny, I actually live in Hawaii and if I won the lottery I'd take a vacation to visit family back in Massachusetts.
     
  18. dpeters11

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    Exactly. Actually it's about the same as the odds of dating any woman celebrity.

    I always figure that at $2 you have increased your odds of winning the most. I don't think I've ever won more than $7. What's crazy is how many you have to get right just to get $100.

    Reading their FAQ is funny though. There's one that says that their probabilities are wrong (because the odds of just getting the powerball aren't 1 in 35), and their answer starts out "Are not."

    http://www.powerball.com/pb_contact.asp
     
  19. AntAltMike

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    I saw it posted at a Megabucks sale site in Newburyport, Massachusetts back in the late 1970s.

    Massachusetts has already had to use the minimum rule and even reduce the size of the small, fixed payouts when there was a winning number that included 1, 7 and 11.

    My godfather used to make the weekly Massachusetts Megabucks ticket run for his friends of that era, as the New Hampshire lottery jackpot was only a few hundred thousands, and he secretly "covered" every ticket that he bought for everybody because he didn't want to look like a fool by buying the winning ticket for someone else while buying just losers for himself. My mother was pissed when she found out that my father had been secretly covering her number.
     
  20. AntAltMike

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    From: streetdirectory.com

    By the way, can you guess what the most common lotto entry is? Yep, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

    * More than 2 consecutive numbers is a no no. For example, choosing 1,2,3 or 47,48,49 will mean you are 'in play' with THOUSANDS of other lottery hopefuls.

    From www.smartluck.com
    AVOID THE LOTTO COMBINATION 1-2-3-4-5-6
    The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5-6. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing.]

    AVOID PATTERN BETTING
    Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.

    AVOID NUMBER MULTIPLES
    Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25-30 and 7-14-21-28-35-42.

    AVOID ALL SAME LAST DIGITS
    Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33-43, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number.
     

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