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I presume this is all a joke but would just like to make the obvious point that if you buy two tickets you don't have twice as much chance as buying one. If for example one million tickets were sold you would be holding two and the field still hold the remaining 999,998. So your chances are no better in reality.

Originally Posted by Diamondgeezer
I presume this is all a joke but would just like to make the obvious point that if you buy two tickets you don't have twice as much chance as buying one. If for example one million tickets were sold you would be holding two and the field still hold the remaining 999,998. So your chances are no better in reality.
You do have twice as much chance of winning this there is not a fixed number of tickets for sale, just a fixed number of winning numbers. The more combinations you hold, the greater your chances of one hitting.
As another interesting side point whilst we are discussing lotteries your best chance to make a profit is to buy just one ticket. All other things remaining equal (and assuming fixed prize money and winning combinations) if you bought every ticket on a normal week, after admin costs, donation to charity, etc etc you are garunteed to make a loss. Working backwards from that, the fewer tickets you buy, the more chance there is of profit. (Note profit, not just winning).
Have a plan and stick to it

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A wee bit off topic, but one of my work colleagues at uni reckons he has a system which increases his return on the lottery.
He didn't go into specifics, but it was to do with picking unpopular number combinations so that when 4 or more numbers hit he gets a better than average payout.
Rangers then, Rangers now, Rangers Forever.

Originally Posted by Human123
Heres a thought,
have the same numbers ever come up more then once?
So to narrow it down you could just select number combinations that have never previously come up.
I actually read a week or two ago on a nongambling related forum about such occurrence taking place in Bulgarian national lottery, I guess they forgot to readjust the balls between the two weeks. Not sure how much truth there is in that info though.

I've been running a Lottery Syndicate at my work for a few years now.. it's really opened my eyes to how much money you can plough in without getting any returns!
For example, this last Saturday was the 6th week in a row that we have gone without even hitting 3 numbers!  That's 102 lines.. (£102).
The longer term stats are even more shocking. Over the last few years we've put £3610 in and had a grand total of £882 out!
I still do it though!

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Originally Posted by cripery
I've been running a Lottery Syndicate at my work for a few years now.. it's really opened my eyes to how much money you can plough in without getting any returns!
For example, this last Saturday was the 6th week in a row that we have gone without even hitting 3 numbers!  That's 102 lines.. (£102).
The longer term stats are even more shocking. Over the last few years we've put £3610 in and had a grand total of £882 out!
I still do it though!
In it to win it!

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Originally Posted by Dave
To be honest I know this isn't really Martingaling the lottery but I thought the title sounded better than 'Trying to win the lottery using a 'sortofbutnotreallyasystem'
Random numbers are def. the way to go as 1) It makes it easier when buying to tickets to just say '15 lucky dips please' (as I've already said I think it'd be better to actually beholding physical tickets for this experiment rather than doing it online). I don't think any numbers are 'more likely' to come up and I don't think it'd make any difference using the same numbers or random numbers.
It's all a laugh anyways  if I run it for 3 months then worst case I'll have spent about £77  best case I'll be rich rich rich!!
AFAIK you can do lucky dip online as well.
Plus if you win, you are not at risk of losing the ticket and if you suffer a heart attack because of hitting a jackpot (seriously ) then monies are credited into your online account anyway and you don't need to claim it. You can always add password to your account to your will....
And you can as well set up the same numbers combination for the next say 100 draws. I've read somewhere (probably made up story) about a guy who bet on the same numbers for 10 years and when he missed one week due to a travelling abroad the numbers came in...

Here's an alternative way to play the lottery:
Examine whereabouts your float is. If you're like most experienced matchbettors both of the following will be true some extent:
1. Your float will be in the thousands
2. A reasonable percentage of that will be sitting in places (books you rarely use or zeropercent bank accounts/ewallets) that it doesn't need to be.
Assuming 1&2 are true, make the small effort required to liberate just 10% of your unused float. Stick it in the highestpaying savings acct you can find. At the end of the year, spend the interest on lottery tickets.
There you go, a riskfree way to play the lottery.

Originally Posted by dulence
I actually read a week or two ago on a nongambling related forum about such occurrence taking place in Bulgarian national lottery, I guess they forgot to readjust the balls between the two weeks. Not sure how much truth there is in that info though.
Yeah I read about that too, here's an article on it from the Beeb:
BBC NEWS  World  Europe  Bulgarian lottery repeat probed
The lottery overall is about as much of a mugs game as mug punting on the horses are but good luck with it Dave!
This time next week we'll be millionaires Rodney.

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Originally Posted by s0095063
A wee bit off topic, but one of my work colleagues at uni reckons he has a system which increases his return on the lottery.
He didn't go into specifics, but it was to do with picking unpopular number combinations so that when 4 or more numbers hit he gets a better than average payout.
Pick numbers over 31. They are unpopular because they aren't birthdays.
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