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Are My Chances Of Winning Worse With Lottery Quick Picks?

September 1st, 2007   ·   Read 21 Comments...

“I’m worried about a computer randomly picking numbers for me. What are the odds of using quick pick selections rather than hand picking?”

A quick pick is where the lottery machine randomly chooses the number for you. So you have two random events going on, the selection of your numbers AND the lottery draw itself… which makes no difference whatsoever!

Every ball in the lottery has exactly the same chance of being drawn. Therefore every set of numbers in a lottery draw has exactly the same chance of being drawn. So it does not matter how your numbers were selected, they are just as good as everybody elses numbers.

Whether you like pulling numbers out of a washing machine full of numbered ping pong balls, picking ages of your favourite family members, or counting how many times your horse taps his foot – your chances of winning the lottery are just as good as everybody elses!

So use quick picks if you like – the only danger is you might find your numbers mean you are more likely to share a jackpot if you do win it. More on that in my free tips course.

Categories: Chances Of Winning · Lottery Questions

21 Comments so far ↓

  • Arjun

    I always play with 10, 23, 24, 30, 33 & 33

    I have been playing these numbers for a while but since I have 33 twice, I feel like the probability of it happening is much less. Though I’d admit I play these numbers because I don’t want to be in a situation where these numbers show up and I didn’t have a ticket! That’d suck!

  • Ken

    When a Illinois lottery quick pick is generated. Does the lottery machine pick the numbers and report them to the main lottery server, or does the lottery machine communicate with the main lottery server to get the numbers?

  • Desmond Bradley

    Hi ! There is one problem about random draws. It takes forever for each number to draw and equal the times drawn. Study of past draws show that many numbers repeat within the last ten draws and quickpicks can often not have these numbers. So much for randomness. There are other things that show variations which indicate better chance than quickpicks.

    • LG

      You have to be careful though about drawing conclusions from general observations – because ‘many numbers’ DON’T repeat in 10 draws too :-).

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