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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
There is no answer at this time.

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
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


p.s., no, I never won anything using this method.
Subject: Re: Lottery
From: canadianhelper-ga on 02 Mar 2006 13:09 PST must have read the math 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 increases the odds of not sharing.

Here is a link to 1 of probably millions of articles on the folly of
lottery schemes.
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.  :-)


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)....


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 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.

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