A guy in front of me at the gas station bought 100 Powerball tickets. He also told the cashier that he has two of each number combos. His stategy was that if was going to split it with someone, buying two tickets with same number would give him 2/3rds instead of 1/2 the winnings.
Guy in front of me bought 100 PowerBall tix
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His odds improved from 1 in 292,000,000 to 1 in 291,999,900

The Odds Are wrote:
His odds improved from 1 in 292,000,000 to 1 in 291,999,900
Wrong, he bought two of each ticket not 100 different ones. So 291,999,950 
runnermans wrote:
The Odds Are wrote:
His odds improved from 1 in 292,000,000 to 1 in 291,999,900
Wrong, he bought two of each ticket not 100 different ones. So 291,999,950
No, he went to 50 in 292,000,000 
$2 a ticket! $1 of that goes to lotto administration and schools. The other $1 to "prizes."

No, there is only ONE draw. There are not 50 Draws.

It's is a pretty sound strategy to buy 2 of each. If he has a winner, he will have the majority winnings. Won't have to split as much.

The Odds Are wrote:
No, there is only ONE draw. There are not 50 Draws.
He has 50 shots at getting it right. 
Centist wrote:
It's is a pretty sound strategy to buy 2 of each. If he has a winner, he will have the majority winnings. Won't have to split as much.
Not that any lotto strategy is sound, but no, he greatly decreased his expected winnings. 
I'm gonna go buy 100 of the same numbers and really dilute the pool.

Love this tax. Its the only way we can get poor people to pay their fair share.

+1 in GA the lottery is tied to education to preK and college. The poor are paying for the education of those above them socioeconomically and they seem fine with that fact.
No longer playing. Winning would create more problems and no doubt hurt an already easy routine. Now when there was a job that sucked, it was tempting. 
He doesn't have 50 shots. He has a 1 in 291,999,950 shot.

Wow, this dude will probably be the winner.

The Odds Are wrote:
He doesn't have 50 shots. He has a 1 in 291,999,950 shot.
I must be getting old because I can no longer tell when people are making silly jokes. I would normally think the above is a joke but I've seen such awful math lately with the lotto that I think people might really be this bad at math. 
You are old. Before complaining something is a joke provide your rebuttal. So, what do you think the odds are for some playing 50 hands in a single game (draw) where the house picks 1 out of 292,000,000 possible hands for you to try to match?

How Odd is That... wrote:
You are old. Before complaining something is a joke provide your rebuttal. So, what do you think the odds are for some playing 50 hands in a single game (draw) where the house picks 1 out of 292,000,000 possible hands for you to try to match?
your odds of winning are 50 out of 292,000,000 (assuming you pick different numbers).
You aren't being serious right?
I can't believe I'm doing this, but let's use small numbers to prove the point, just in case you are being serious.
There are 50 total combos. You buy 48 of the possible combinations. Are your odds of winning 48 out of 50 or 1 out of 2?
The game is still only drawing once, but you have 48 of the possible combinations. So you have a 48/50 chance of winning. 
POD. /thread
Smart tax wrote:
Love this tax. Its the only way we can get poor people to pay their fair share. 
They deleted my thread, but I did the same thing, but with double tickets only. Doubled my share instead of decreasing the odds! You know the jackpot will be split!

why is it when these things get up some crazy amount of money, people suddenly decide to play or buy more tixs? Like how does the chance of winning $xxx,xxx,xxx rather than $xx,xxx,xxx becoming the buyin amount for these people when in fact, winning even a couple mil is still hell of a lot of money that most know what to do with.