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# 1 Lotto
01-04-2011, 07:52 PM
It's up to like 350 million or something. I'm not for gambling at all and have always said I would let myself play the lotto once, then if I lose NEVER AGAIN (though seriously I doubt I'd play again if I won )! I'm thinking about going and getting a ticket. Should I waste my once in a life time chance to buy a lotto ticket? I've got about an hour before they draw.


I hear you have like a 1 in 180,000,000 chance to win!
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# 2
01-04-2011, 07:55 PM
Do it!
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# 3
01-04-2011, 07:56 PM
I WANT TO WIN $355 MILLION!

I hate gambling because if I let myself too much I could easily get addicted and drown the the thoughts of millions. Money makes people act stupid. :p
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# 4
01-04-2011, 07:58 PM
*summons a lightning cloud and sends it towards Parallax*
If you survive this then you will win the lotto.
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# 5
01-04-2011, 08:46 PM
Well, I talked to my mom about it. I decided to not get one and save my one ticket buy. My mom however decided to take her first ticket buy so we went down and bought one.

She's feeling guilty over a dollar because she says it's a waste lol.
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# 6
01-04-2011, 09:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by USS Parallax
It's up to like 350 million or something. I'm not for gambling at all and have always said I would let myself play the lotto once, then if I lose NEVER AGAIN (though seriously I doubt I'd play again if I won )! I'm thinking about going and getting a ticket. Should I waste my once in a life time chance to buy a lotto ticket? I've got about an hour before they draw.


I hear you have like a 1 in 180,000,000 chance to win!
You probably shouldn't waste your money on one, but if you wanna buy me one, that would be nice.
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# 7
01-04-2011, 09:30 PM
The good news is if you were Hurley from Lost you would have got the first 3 numbers and the last number 100% on and won some cash.

4 8 15 16 23 42


Hurley would have won about $200 big ones.
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# 8
01-04-2011, 11:35 PM
Think about it. The jackpot is up to 355 mil because some 300 million tickets were bust. Your chances of winning anything substantial is some astronomical figure that only becomes more dismal as more tickets are sold. It's more a stupid tax than a lottery.
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# 9
01-05-2011, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Capulet View Post
Think about it. The jackpot is up to 355 mil because some 300 million tickets were bust. Your chances of winning anything substantial is some astronomical figure that only becomes more dismal as more tickets are sold. It's more a stupid tax than a lottery.
Actually, it doesn't really get less the more tickets are sold, except for the fact that multiple winners share the winnings.

Assuming you're talking about the CA Mega Millions (as it's at $355 million), you choose five numbers from 1-56. So the chances of getting them all correct is 1/56 * 1/55 * 1/54 * 1/53 * 1/52. But then they add in the "mega number" which is a separate choice of 1-46 so multiply that previous total by 1/46.

So there are 21,085,384,320 different possible combinations. But only one wins the jackpot.

But, to sort of agree with Capulet, if two people both get the correct combination, they each get half. And the more people buying tickets, the more likely someone is to get the right combo.
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# 10
01-05-2011, 06:07 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by USS Parallax
The good news is if you were Hurley from Lost you would have got the first 3 numbers and the last number 100% on and won some cash.

4 8 15 16 23 42


Hurley would have won about $200 big ones.
Oh good, at least I wasn't the only one to see that coincidence
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