
nathan:
kryptonjohn:
quickymart:
Here's something I've always wondered.
I (like probably a lot of other people reading this) wouldn't mind winning something in Lotto, or even Instant Kiwi. I mean a significant prize  $15 is nice, but I won't be retiring on it :D
I've always wondered with the winning ticket, are most of the winners numbers chosen by the punter, or are they random numbers chosen by the machine (Lucky Dip)? I'd be curious to know the breakdown  is it 50% chosen, 50% random, or...?
I know the odds of winning the big prize are quite low, but it's something I've always wondered about and I can't seem to find a breakdown online anywhere.
I trust statistics and probability enough to be confident that lucky dips would match out perform self selected tickets (assuming the lucky dip has a reasonably good random number generator). Why? Because it will have a decent spread of numbers whereas self selected tickets probably have some redundant selections.
In other words, lucky dip percentage of wins would match lucky dip percentage of sales (or better).
a number chosen by a computer, has more chance of winning, that a number chosen by a human  because?
I think the point being made was that even if not perfect (and far from it) computers can generally select numbers 'more' randomly than humans...
Case in point last nights lotto draw, which was one for the books: 3,5,7,9,11,13  amazing in itself just because of the sequence, but then topped off with a powerball of 'lucky' 7. Simple human nature resulted in 40 first division winners  who likely may have spent more on the celebratory champagne than they won  although the surprising part for me at least is that of those there were only 2 powerball winners.
So machine generated numbers might occasionally hit on that sequence, but more likely human nature (plus the design of the lotto forms) contributed to the selection of those numbers (the sequence, preference for odd numbers etc). Also, computers don't have any preference for any numbers  i.e. 7 and 8 (lucky numbers in different cultures) have meaning for humans, but machines don't care  hence why last nights result surprised in that aspect.
So back to the point, machines will choose 'more' random selections than humans, with less chance of correlation due to human superstition (lucky numbers, birthdays etc)  hence on a ticket by ticket basis  if the numbers are selected to win  there's a higher chance of 'win more'.
It would certainly be interesting to see some data on it to prove or disprove  wonder if Lotteries would be open to publishing that data.
/edit
And just realized that the probable reason for the 'low' selection of 'lucky 7' amongst the first division winners is the likelihood that that may well be just a few humans running multiple lines to cover each powerball number. That makes much more sense.
There are more self made multi millionaires in the world than there or multi millionaire lotto winners
You have a much higher a chance of becoming a multi millionaire by acting on a good idea and working hard or investing your disposable income than you do at winning the lotto
Hope none of those winners last night txts their boss they quit before finding out how much they won ;)
Something I meant to ask, are the number picking systems advertised online worth it? My guess would be no, otherwise everyone would do it and Lotto would go out of business eh?
This is one I came across while Googling tonight: https://www.lotteryguy.com/lotterycourse/
They're definitely worth it  but only to the person selling them to you.
How can they possibly give better information than already available in this thread ?
Main thing to remember with gambling  the house always wins :)
grimwulf:nathan:kryptonjohn:quickymart:Here's something I've always wondered.
I (like probably a lot of other people reading this) wouldn't mind winning something in Lotto, or even Instant Kiwi. I mean a significant prize  $15 is nice, but I won't be retiring on it :D
I've always wondered with the winning ticket, are most of the winners numbers chosen by the punter, or are they random numbers chosen by the machine (Lucky Dip)? I'd be curious to know the breakdown  is it 50% chosen, 50% random, or...?
I know the odds of winning the big prize are quite low, but it's something I've always wondered about and I can't seem to find a breakdown online anywhere.I trust statistics and probability enough to be confident that lucky dips would match out perform self selected tickets (assuming the lucky dip has a reasonably good random number generator). Why? Because it will have a decent spread of numbers whereas self selected tickets probably have some redundant selections.
In other words, lucky dip percentage of wins would match lucky dip percentage of sales (or better).
a number chosen by a computer, has more chance of winning, that a number chosen by a human  because?
I think the point being made was that even if not perfect (and far from it) computers can generally select numbers 'more' randomly than humans...
Case in point last nights lotto draw, which was one for the books: 3,5,7,9,11,13  amazing in itself just because of the sequence, but then topped off with a powerball of 'lucky' 7. Simple human nature resulted in 40 first division winners  who likely may have spent more on the celebratory champagne than they won  although the surprising part for me at least is that of those there were only 2 powerball winners.
So machine generated numbers might occasionally hit on that sequence, but more likely human nature (plus the design of the lotto forms) contributed to the selection of those numbers (the sequence, preference for odd numbers etc). Also, computers don't have any preference for any numbers  i.e. 7 and 8 (lucky numbers in different cultures) have meaning for humans, but machines don't care  hence why last nights result surprised in that aspect.
So back to the point, machines will choose 'more' random selections than humans, with less chance of correlation due to human superstition (lucky numbers, birthdays etc)  hence on a ticket by ticket basis  if the numbers are selected to win  there's a higher chance of 'win more'.
It would certainly be interesting to see some data on it to prove or disprove  wonder if Lotteries would be open to publishing that data.
/edit
And just realized that the probable reason for the 'low' selection of 'lucky 7' amongst the first division winners is the likelihood that that may well be just a few humans running multiple lines to cover each powerball number. That makes much more sense.
quickymart:
Something I meant to ask, are the number picking systems advertised online worth it? My guess would be no, otherwise everyone would do it and Lotto would go out of business eh?
This is one I came across while Googling tonight: https://www.lotteryguy.com/lotterycourse/
:)
lol, how could they be. Please don't over think this. Your guess is right. If you have to even ask the question, you're doing it wrong.
yup stats and wikipedia all you want, auckland woman won lotto twice in 5 months.
what I'm saying is, you can't science luck.
