Originally Posted by tomnguyen
powerballguide com uses every past historical winning number to generate odds and number. option for group play is also available with accurate and transparent accounting. would be interesting to see how many players needed for consistent winning.
what does everyone think of group lottery? it seems that the majority of big winnings are from groups of coworkers and friends.
I've always felt no one needed $235 million dollars, so why not have 235 million dollar winners?
I'm broken the ice and gotten one number right two weeks in a row.
There are 59 numbers to be chosen from and then the red number is 1 to 39. The odds would take a mathematician.
I answered a question for someone on Yahoo who wanted to know the odds of drawing 3 straight black cards from a deck of cards.
The correct answer is 26/52 for the first card since there are 26 black cards and 52 total cards = 50%.
Then if you get a black card, the odds of the 2nd one being black is 25/51 and the 3rd is 24/50. However, just like the powerball, the cards you draw are not put back in the deck, and with powerball once the 2 ball is drawn it is not replaced.
On the 3 black cards, the odds of drawing 3 straight black cards is (26/52) x (25/51) x (24/50) = a little over 11%.
With 59 powerball numbers the number of combinations must be
5.138 million to one as these odds stay the same each week on the lottery site.
Then when you get all 5 of those, then you have the odds of getting the red one right. The overall odds of getting all 6 right is 195.249 million to one.
So, a question would be how many tickets are sold each draw?
And suppose they sell 185 million tickets, are all 185 million different?
Last night there were 19 people that got 4 numbers right. I think the maximum number of people who could get 4 right has to be around 59.
The 59 tickets would be any 3 numbers in any order with a 1 as the 4th number, then any 3 numbers in any order with a 2 as the 4th number, etc. all the way up to 3 numbers in any order with a 59 as the 4th number.
If the odds are 195.249 million to 1 on the jackpot, it seems if they sell more than that many tickets, and all have different numbers, there "has" to be a jackpot winner.
A groups of 50 workers, each spending $1 on a ticket, gives them 50 chances out of the 195.249 million different number combinations.
I do not think they can cheat on the actual drawing of the numbers after they have used all their technology for the odds, etc.
Don't the balls bounce around in the container like Bingo balls?
As the prize gets bigger and bigger to the point that people are buying many tickets, and the number of tickets sold, all different, surpasses the 195.249 million number, there has to be a winner or maybe 2.
And eventually there is a winner as the prize gets bigger and people buy more tickets.
Some people may not even play the small prizes like $28 million. I know the whole world has a ticket when the prize if $238 million, so I figure my chances are better on the $28 million dollar prize in the first few weeks after a big winner.
Groups are good, 100 people buying 100 tickets and they split the winnings 100 ways....but do not get 4 right + the powerball, as $10,000 won't split 100 ways very far.....$100 each. Go BIG as a group or don't go.