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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #135 on: January 12, 2016, 10:03:24 AM »
That's personnel.
No comment on sixth grade spelling class.
Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #136 on: January 12, 2016, 10:03:56 AM »
Quick pick is OK for when you buy just one ticket, but as soon as you buy more than one its a waste of money because the machine could randomly pick the same numbers on multiple tickets. Then you'd win multiple times and have to split the prize with yourself.
I would assume the odds of getting the same numbers on a second ticket are the same as winning the lotto
Not a good answer. You'e playing on the long shot that you'll hit miniscule odds in your favor, but you're ignoring miniscule odds against your favor?

I'll give you a better answer, which is what happened to my office pool (which I didn't participate in). They collected $10 each from 40-50 people. They wanted to maximize their median return from the non-jackpot prizes. The way to do that would be to spread out your selection of the red powerball numbers as evenly as possible. They got lazy though, and ended up quick picking most of them, leaving a very lumpy distribution of the 26 red powerball combinations. Natrually, they only ended up having 2 tickets with the correct red number, and got a total of $8 in secondary prizes (on $400-500 of tickets).

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #137 on: January 12, 2016, 10:08:12 AM »
No comment on sixth grade spelling class.
A lifetime of education means nothing once autocorrect starts screwing with your life

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #138 on: January 12, 2016, 10:11:03 AM »
Not a good answer. You'e playing on the long shot that you'll hit miniscule odds in your favor, but you're ignoring miniscule odds against your favor?

I'll give you a better answer, which is what happened to my office pool (which I didn't participate in). They collected $10 each from 40-50 people. They wanted to maximize their median return from the non-jackpot prizes. The way to do that would be to spread out your selection of the red powerball numbers as evenly as possible. They got lazy though, and ended up quick picking most of them, leaving a very lumpy distribution of the 26 red powerball combinations. Natrually, they only ended up having 2 tickets with the correct red number, and got a total of $8 in secondary prizes (on $400-500 of tickets).

This is why I said perhaps picking the powerball number only.  but the flip side is not much better because by spreading out the powerball you are limiting yourself to only a few possible winners.

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #139 on: January 12, 2016, 10:11:28 AM »
A lifetime of education means nothing once autocorrect starts screwing with your life
Smartphones, stupid (looking) people.
Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #140 on: January 12, 2016, 10:13:49 AM »
This is why I said perhaps picking the powerball number only.  but the flip side is not much better because by spreading out the powerball you are limiting yourself to only a few possible winners.
It's called hedging. Though I supposed you could argue that you're going high risk/high reward with the whole ticket anyway, so might as well pick one powerball number and go with it.

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #141 on: January 12, 2016, 10:19:11 AM »
It's called hedging. Though I supposed you could argue that you're going high risk/high reward with the whole ticket anyway, so might as well pick one powerball number and go with it.

Quick picking would be high risk reward.  How high risk can we go!??  lol

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #142 on: January 12, 2016, 11:08:20 AM »
Enough with all the math.

Playing the lotto is not about math or odds. It's all about philosophy.

When I say that your chances doubled dosnt sound right its because its ridiculous. When dealing with such a large number of decimal points, doubling your chances is not considered quantifiable.

It's compared to what we call in halacha speak a "rov beteva" . in other words, for eg. of course mathematicians and statisticians   could quantify all the animals in the world and tell you the odds of the animal not being a treifa.
But the numbers are irrelevant. You're not winning. Period. Finished. It doesn't matter if you buy 1 or 5 tickets. It is neged hatevah to win. Impossible.

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #143 on: January 12, 2016, 11:26:01 AM »
Enough with all the math.

Playing the lotto is not about math or odds. It's all about philosophy.

When I say that your chances doubled dosnt sound right its because its ridiculous. When dealing with such a large number of decimal points, doubling your chances is not considered quantifiable.

It's compared to what we call in halacha speak a "rov beteva" . in other words, for eg. of course mathematicians and statisticians   could quantify all the animals in the world and tell you the odds of the animal not being a treifa.
But the numbers are irrelevant. You're not winning. Period. Finished. It doesn't matter if you buy 1 or 5 tickets. It is neged hatevah to win. Impossible.
Lol. Except that you made several posts speaking specifically about the math.
Sounds wrong.
Still sounds wrong. 10 tickets is 10 more chances to win. That's all. Not multiplied.

Not convinced.
Each individual ticket has 1 in 290 mm possibility of winning. Buying two tickets dosnt split the 290 in half.

(It's more like rubah deleisa kamon, not more chances. Just more options.)

All jmho
I have no problem with people making philosophical arguments, just leave the math out of it, or do the math correctly. :D

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #144 on: January 12, 2016, 12:01:27 PM »
I would assume the odds of getting the same numbers on a second ticket are the same as winning the lotto
Not double? Since it doesn't matter which one you started with?
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #145 on: January 12, 2016, 12:02:03 PM »
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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #146 on: January 12, 2016, 12:23:28 PM »


Enough with all the math.

Playing the lotto is not about math or odds. It's all about philosophy.
When you lose on the math side, say you're really a philosopher. I was gonna get a PhD in mathematics, but instead I went for philosophy and liberal arts.
Who do you think you are fooling? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your Creator? Good luck with that.
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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #147 on: January 12, 2016, 12:43:55 PM »
When you lose on the math side, say you're really a philosopher. I was gonna get a PhD in mathematics, but instead I went for philosophy and liberal arts.
Actually, that's not as far fetched as it sounds. One of the fields within philosophy is logic, which is obviously a critical component in many mathematical fields.

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #148 on: January 12, 2016, 12:52:39 PM »
Actually, that's not as far fetched as it sounds. One of the fields within philosophy is logic, which is obviously a critical component in many mathematical fields.
My argument is very logical.
In mathematics is there no room for rounding up or down/ clearly trivial etc?

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Re: Want to remain anonymous, when you win the powerball?
« Reply #149 on: January 12, 2016, 12:57:11 PM »
My argument is very logical.
In mathematics is there no room for rounding up or down/ clearly trivial etc?
I'm not arguing with that part. As Dan and other mentioned earlier, your chances of winning are what we would call statistically insignificant with 1 ticket or with 10 tickets. I'm talking about the discussion of doubling your odds with a second ticket, etc.