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Old 2012-03-29, 10:44   #1
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Default And now a PSA

Authorities have warned people in the US to be on the look out for MegaMillions (sm)(tm)(r) Mania. Sufferers from this syndrome will be afflicted with grandiose dreams and yearings for the vast wealth afforded by the March 30 drawing.

(Let me know if you have a set of numbers that you think is lucky....I might play them!)
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Old 2012-03-29, 11:00   #2
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In no particular order: π, e, φ, G, i, 0
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Old 2012-03-29, 14:35   #3
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Authorities have warned people in the US to be on the look out for MegaMillions (sm)(tm)(r) Mania. Sufferers from this syndrome will be afflicted with grandiose dreams and yearings for the vast wealth afforded by the March 30 drawing.

(Let me know if you have a set of numbers that you think is lucky....I might play them!)
I already bought my winning numbers, now I just have to wait and see if they match the lottery's winning numbers.
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Old 2012-03-29, 14:54   #4
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Authorities have warned people in the US to be on the look out for MegaMillions (sm)(tm)(r) Mania. Sufferers from this syndrome will be afflicted with grandiose dreams and yearings for the vast wealth afforded by the March 30 drawing.

(Let me know if you have a set of numbers that you think is lucky....I might play them!)
5; 7; 13; 17; 19; 31
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Old 2012-03-29, 15:35   #5
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5; 7; 13; 17; 19; 31
What about 2 and 3! They also hold a special place in the project's heart!
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Old 2012-03-29, 15:42   #6
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What about 2 and 3! They also hold a special place in the project's heart!
I was only allowed to pick 6 and had to make a heart wrenching choice.
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Old 2012-03-29, 17:23   #7
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I wonder how many lottery drawings have consisted of all primes.
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I wonder how many lottery drawings have consisted of all primes.
((16 choose 5) * 14) / ((56 choose 5) * 46) * 2 drawings/week * 52 weeks/year * 17 years ~= 0.6153081263827778 chance of it happening since the game began.
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I wonder how many lottery drawings have consisted of all primes.
Our local lottery company published ALL winning #s since inception (20+ years ago)...unfortunately it is in a secured PDF document that I cannot load into excel for example to analyze.
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Old 2012-03-29, 18:46   #10
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Default Interesting....

Sales have been brisker than expected! Last drawing, they revised the jackpot estimate up from $356M on Saturday to $363M on Monday. Check it out now.

Interesting psychology at play here: the odds are the same now as they are when the jackpot starts at $12M, in fact it would be better to play when the jackpot is smaller, since there will be (potentially) less winners, but people get into the crowd mentality.....
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Our local lottery company published ALL winning #s since inception (20+ years ago)...unfortunately it is in a secured PDF document that I cannot load into excel for example to analyze.
The thing I dislike about the current structure is having the numbers picked as "5 numbers plus a Mega (tm) number". That means that to play your numbers fully you would have to play more combinations.....however, just going in order, these are the top picks in the MM drawings. (In the last drawing, 2 + Mega got $10, 3 got $7, and 1 + Mega was $3....)

California lets you download all the past winning numbers in text form from here.
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