Is there a strategy to use to play Lotto?

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  1. adamishere

    adamishere n00b

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    After some thought, picking lotto numbers at random is highly inefficient, would it be better to use some kind of lotto strategy or lotto system? Do you know how to win the lottery?

    At the same time, lotto draws are completely random so there probably is no way of playing the game any other way.

    Thoughts?
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  2. AlpineRAM

    AlpineRAM PartsChaser

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    Yes there is.
    Do not play.
    Let's say that the lotto company lets you win 50% of all the money that is entered into the draw. The game can also be described as redistributing 50% of the money you entered to randomly selected "winners"
    All the lotto systems do is that they increase the number of bets (and therefore increase the amount you put into the pot and the lotto companies coffers)
    The only time when playing lotto makes sense (at least a little bit) is when there is a jackpot that makes the total amount of the winnings greater than the sum of money entered in this round. In that case you can say that your bet is a high risk (and remotely probable high yield) investment.
    My personal point of view is that lotto is a legal personal weekend recreation drug- you can dream all the weekend about what you would do with x million € or $ etc. And all that (at least over here) for less than the price of one beer in the pub :D, and you can still ride your motorbike under the influence of lotto, which is another advantage over beer.
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  3. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Years back I spent some time tracking the numbers and played the highest occuring numbers and in the area of those numbers. it kinda worked, but I only played 1 game per week, so my chances of a win were very small.

    you could try that, and of course the number of games you play per week, the chances increase. I was suprised at how often a number either side of what I had noted came up.

    Now I just get a quick pic / lucky dip / random from the computer.

    To those that say its a waste etc, well yes, but I see it as an investment, it costs me $7.95 - that I can afford to loose - and it might pay off. One week it did was most of the deposit for a house :clap

    Some times I go for a while and win, others times, nothing for a while.

    I emphasis that you have to be able to afford to loose the money to play - at least in my opinion.

    Hay Ewe
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  4. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

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    Yes. But I'll be damned if it'll be seen on the 'net. :D

    So send 2.5 million to..........................

    You're kidding right?
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  5. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    A lot of people buy scratch tickets without even realizing that the winning ticket could have already been sold. It's possible the first ticket sold was the winning ticket and every remaining ticket is a loser.

    I won't play anything at a casino because of the house odds advantage but do play Powerball a couple times a year when pot gets really big.
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  6. Spud99

    Spud99 Been here awhile

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    There is no way of increasing the odds of winning except by buying more tickets. You can decrease the odds of sharing the prize by buying tickets with unpopular numbers.
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  7. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Apparently the savvy player would buy enough PB tickets to have 1 each of the red PB #'s.

    The payback supposedly pays you back for the tickets with a couple extra bucks to spare.

    :dunno
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  8. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Been here awhile

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    I believe if the jackpot gets really big and you buy a few hundred thousand dollars in tickets you can almost guaranty that you will brake even and will most likely win some money. There is a group of " investors" that do this and they make money at it, and there is still a chance of hitting it big.

    I only buy a ticket a few times a year for fun and if everybody at work is playing, don't want to be the only guy at work on Monday after a big power ball draw.
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  9. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Yes, that's why the same 3 people win over and over again. :rofl
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  10. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    You know, there's a reason they call it the idiot tax.
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  11. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Hush, you!

    Adam -- send $127.93 for my lotto winning secrets. Included, at no extra cost, is the method used to extract big money from Nigerian government employees.
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  12. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto Zipper Club with Clusters

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    The only guaranteed win of *something* at Lotto type games is to play every single Powerball or Mega number in a draw. But spending $70 on Powerball to win $4 is not a winning strategy.

    Of course, odds are you'll have more than one winner out of those 35 tickets but I'm guessing that original $70 could buy a lot more lunch than your winnings will.

    btw, I do play regularly. It's the only way I'll ever be able to afford retirement. :lol3

    Oh, and nationwide, more winning tickets are quickpicks than player's own numbers. :deal
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  13. HighAlpineDrifter

    HighAlpineDrifter Long timer

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    I can't help you win the lottery but I can help you fuck with people.

    I was visiting my uncle and his wife once in SoCal and after lunch he needed to go get his weekly lottery ticket. He didn't need the money as he had a good business but he liked to play anyway. I'd never played in my life at that point. Now, the key to this was he wasn't just picking random numbers...he had some numbers he always played so he was filling out the little sheet. So he hands his sheet in and gets his ticket and as he says "Ok, lets go" I go up to the cashier, plunk down my $5, and say 'Give me the exact same numbers he just asked for.' He about had a fit and his wife couldn't breathe she was laughing so hard. :lol3

    That's my strategy. I might win only half but I've pissed someone off for the rest of their life. Every time they think about their money, they'll think about me. :lol3
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  14. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    The payback is $4 for the winning pb number by itself, which is the vastly most likely outcome, which for the vast majority of the time means you're losing hand over fist. Break-even Payback isn't the objective of such a strategy...simply maximizing your odds of winning is the objective...which is still a very very low number, but much better than zero.

    Basically, if you're playing by yourself, considering one drawing, the best thing to do is to buy one set of numbers, moving you from "impossible" to "nearly impossible."

    What I found interesting was the group play strategies over several games.
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  15. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    My strategy.

    When you see the big jackpots, ie - 10, 16, 22, 30 million, I don't play. The reason? Everyone and their dog gets a ticket, maybe even two or three extra ones, even if they don't play regularly. I don't get a ticket for the big draws.

    I play the little draws, less players, better odds. Lotto 649 is 3 million on friday, You better believe I'm getting a ticket.

    This is the strategy that my sister uses - people have tried to explain to her why it doesn't work, but quickly stfu when she tells them that she's won 3 times now. her biggest was $34k
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  16. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning a lottery.

    Those aren't very good odds and *I* need that $ for more MC and bicycle parts!

    M
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  17. TooFast

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    Last big Powerball I bought two tickets with Powerplay for $6, matched one Powerball number, combined with the Powerplay the payout was $12....net $6 gain. Was thinking of quiting while I'm ahead but bought a 6 pack of cheap beer, went to a private Texas Holdum game/barby on Memorial day, with a $5 buy in, 8 players, I won the $40 pot, netted $35, ate a tasty Elk steak. Tempted to buy more Powerball tickets since I'm on a roll...
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  18. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    The group I play with has a general rule where the person who buys the tickets gets the trappings, if it's under $100. On the last round, I had picked "11" for the PB on like half of the numbers I picked, which turns out to be the PB # pulled. So I actually made out with a little return cash. :clap

    Not enough to cover all the tickets we bought previously, though. :lol3

    Enjoy the steak...and find a large group of peeps to go in with. :D
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  19. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    That's not true for the random "games" like Lotto, Powerball, Mega Millions. Each of those tickets has the same @ 170,000,000 to 1 chance. You can't increase your chances to win by buying more tickets.

    The only time buying more tickets increases your chances is in a raffle that has a fixed number of tickets to sell, and one of them will be the winner.
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  20. Spud99

    Spud99 Been here awhile

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    Each ticket, with different numbers, has a 1 in something chance of success of winning the grand prize. If you buy 2 tickets (each with different numbers ) you have 2 chances of winning, 3 tickets 3 chances, etc. The odds of winning a 6/49 (not Powerball or MegaMillions) lottery are 1/13,983,816, however this is for the largest prize, not the chance of winning any prize. The calculations for Powerball type games is a little more complicated as it depends on the population of Powerballs available to be drawn as the final ball.
    In the case of a raffle, there is no chance of a split prize as each ticket is unique. In Lotto type games there is no limit on the number of winning tickets (for the grand prize) as each participant can choose any number combination. That is why there are split prizes.
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