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 Subject: Lottery Category: Sports and Recreation > Games Asked by: uwin3ev-ga List Price: \$20.00 Posted: 02 Mar 2006 08:31 PST Expires: 08 Mar 2006 05:33 PST Question ID: 702899
 ```I would like a list of the best resources on the web for the lottery - I am very interested strategy + tactics + training programs I am interested in sites that provide knowledge of the lottery I would like to know the history of pick 3 lottery and any other information about the pick 3 lottery Lottery suppliers of lottery information would be great , as well if there are any affiliate programs - I would be keen to learn more about these```
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 Subject: Re: Lottery From: canadianhelper-ga on 02 Mar 2006 11:57 PST
 ```If you are talking about random lottery picks then no strategy or tactics will increase your chances of winning. Are you looking for ways to increase your odds of winning (all would be mathematically unsound except for purchasing more tickets) or are you just wanting sites that promote that such increases in odds are possible?```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: probonopublico-ga on 02 Mar 2006 12:19 PST
 ```I did an analysis of Lottery Jackpot winners and found that they all shared 3 characteristics: 1: They were all incredibly ugly; 2: They were all totally undeserving; and 3: None of them knew what he/she was going to do with his/her winnings. Being undeniably handsome myself, I never waste my money.```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: jh963-ga on 02 Mar 2006 12:48 PST
 ```Actually, I do remember seeing something in the 80's about increasing your chances of winning. Their claim was something like "improve your chances of winning by 500%! Mathematically proven by statisticians!" I rememeber being sceptical about it. After reading the method and looking at the math, yes, I agreed that the method would increase your chances. However, if there was a 10,000,000 to 1 chance of winning before, a 500% increase only lowers the odds to 2,000,000 to 1. Hardly "good" odds. This was before the internet, and I think the method was in a home-printed brochure. I have no idea how to get a hold of this now... J. p.s., no, I never won anything using this method.```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: canadianhelper-ga on 02 Mar 2006 13:09 PST
 ```jh963...you must have read the math incorrectly...it is IMPOSSIBLE to affect the odds...If you want a better chance to win you MUST buy more tickets...that is the ONLY way. You can increase the odds of not having to share if you do win by choosing numbers that other people don't...this doesn't increase your odds of winning...it increases the odds of not sharing. Here is a link to 1 of probably millions of articles on the folly of lottery schemes. http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/Retirementandwills/Retireearly/P89288.asp```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: davidg23-ga on 02 Mar 2006 14:58 PST
 ```The lottery is for the mathematically challenged. The chances of YOU winning are 0.0000000; it amazes me that people play it.```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: jh963-ga on 02 Mar 2006 15:22 PST
 ```canadianhelper, I share your scepticism. Part of the miscommunication here, though, is (I think) the word "win". I agree: to win the top prize, the only way to increase your chances is to buy more (different) tickets. I believe the method I vaguely remember, though, dealt with winning ANY prize. My admittedly vague memory (it WAS 20 years ago!) is that it entailed buying multiple lottery tickets in a particular pattern. I think you chose a particular subset of the (individual) numbers, with this subset containing more numbers than an individual lottery ticket (so if a lottery ticket had 5 numbers, you chose more than 5 numbers). You then purchased multiple lottery tickets using a particular pattern of the subset that you chose. This set of tickets was designed to cover more of the potential winning cases. So this method supposedly increased your chances of winning over randomly chosen lottery tickets. But as I said before, doing something 5 times better than absolutely horrible odds is still horrible odds. Canadianhelper, we definitely agree that playing the lottery for anything but fun is silly. The expected value of \$1 placed in a lottery with 1,000,000 to 1 odds is .000001, or one ten-thousandth of a cent. Compare that to the expected value of \$1 placed in an S & P 500 Index Fund, which (over time) is \$1.10 EACH YEAR. I know which one I would choose. :-) J. P.S., Let me also be clear about this to the original poster. I'm not advocating this method at all. I've mentioned this only as a cautionary tale.```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 03 Mar 2006 07:21 PST
 ```I also agree that playing the lottery for anything but amusement is a bad idea. However there are 2 things a player can do to slightly decrease their losses (aside from not playing). 1 of these 2 was already mentioned by Canadian: 1) Pick numbers that noone else picks. This sounds way too easy at first and perhaps way too hard after a little time thinking about it. A sure way to get atleast average (probably above average) odds this way is to use a random number generator. But to do even better, find a way to pick numbers that no one else would ever consider. Obviously some numbers (such as 1-12 for months) are chosen more than others. Perhaps a study of reasons people play lottery numbers is in order to determine which numbers people play ... then avoid those numbers. 2) When playing multiple tickets, don't play the same numbers on 2 tickets. if you play 15-22-31-45-53-67 on 1 card, don't play 15-22-31-45-53-67 on another card in the same drawing or the second card doesn't increase your odds of winning (all it will do is let you win 2/3 of the prize instead of 1/2 if someone else also plays that winning number). This isn't too large of a concern unless you're playing a very large quantity of cards in which case you want to be very careful not to duplicate your numbers. But as hinted upon before, the easiest way to beat the lottery is to not play. The odds are very much in favor of you losing your money. Invest it instead. Put it in an IRA and you instantly win about 30% (whatever tax bracket you're in) because the money is tax deductible. Then let it sit in there for years and you'll double your money time and time again... that's a sure way to get rich over time.```
 Subject: Re: Lottery From: canadianhelper-ga on 03 Mar 2006 07:35 PST
 ```I know I'm harping...its hell being married to a Addictions Counsellor (ie Gambling).... Quote: A sure way to get atleast average (probably above average) odds this way is to use a random number generator. But to do even better, find a way to pick numbers that no one else would ever consider. As stated, and I think you mean it too, doing this DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING...it increases the odds that IF you do win you might not need to share with as many people. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, aside from buying more tickets (unique numbers as pointed out), will increase your odds of winning.```