If you could buy 1 ticket per minute continuously without stopping it would take about 335 years to purchase one ticket for every combination of numbers possible. If you split up the work between one thousand people it would take about 4 months. In order to buy every combination of tickets before the drawing tomorrow you would need over 100,000 buying one ticket a minute continuously.

]]>I just want to add that although the odds of winning (or sharing) the jackpot is the SAME no matter which set of number you play (random numbers of self-picked), the expected returns of different sets of numbers can be different.

For example, if you pick a set of number like 2,4,6,8,10,12. You have a higher chance to share the jackpot with others if you win. The expected return of a often picked set of number is lower than that of an average set of numbers.

]]>“ok math wizards, if every set has equal chance at each drawing, how about a bet that this set

from tonite does NOT come up on the next drawing on Friday. I’ll take a different set and if your

set of these numbers comes up you win. If my set does or any other set then I WIN. It’s all

equal right?”

sigh…let me explain to you what’s wrong with your challenge to math wizards. My chances would be the same as buying a single ticket, about 1 in 176 million. Your chances would be the same as buying a ticket for every combination except for my set of numbers, 175,999,999 in 176 million. The chances a single set of numbers won’t come up is the complete opposite of winning the lottery. In other words, really really high, almost 100%. So no, I wouldn’t bet against that. You have in no way challenged the fact that each set of numbers has the same probability of being the winning numbers each drawing. We’re not trying to trick you. We’re in fact trying to save you from being tricked. Don’t believe us, read a math book.

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