Lucky Numbers

By pgn
@pgntwo (21648)
Derry, Northern Ireland
July 8, 2017 9:53am CST
A story I read today got me thinking about how inventive people can be when it comes to ways of making a living without having to work hard for it. A guy in the US pleaded guilty to making changes to the computer system that picked the numbers drawn in certain US state lotteries, in such a way that the numbers drawn on particular days and dates could be "predicted". Having made the changes over a decade or more ago, all he had to do was get one or more accomplices to buy a ticket bearing certain numbers in any of several state lotteries for draws that happened at certain times on those days and dates, in return for a share of the winnings. I don't know enough about the case to say how the guy and his buddies got caught, but it did make me wonder how many other such "random" events might actually not be as random as you might think... The UK national lottery uses sets of numbered balls in one of a number of special tumbling machines to draw the numbers, making it more difficult to sway the results. A computer, however, is actually quite difficult to program so that it gives truly random numbers - as I found out years ago in my undergraduate days. If you play a lottery game, how do you select your numbers? And does your system work in your favour ever? If you found a way to tip the odds in your favour, would you use it? As this is my 200th post here, I had to write about numbers...
Eddie Tipton, who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty Thursday to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning
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• United States
8 Jul 17
I do and I hope to win it tonight. I will let you know pgn. Do you play? Good luck to you if you do. I use the same numbers all the time and they did come up for a small win once only $44.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
It would be great to win enough to pay for something big, like a car or holiday or pay off the mortgage ;) Good luck tonight
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• United States
8 Jul 17
@pgntwo Thanks pgn..you know where I would be headed don't you?
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
@TiarasOceanView À flying visit to Ireland, perhaps?
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
8 Jul 17
I play sometimes, if I had an inspirational dream, I never won. Until a few years ago I know that in Italy the numbers were still picked up by a blindfolded boy, I do not know if he was replaced by a machine.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
I did not know about the blindfolded boy, that's pretty cool!
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
9 Jul 17
@pgntwo Here he is, and the think at the presence of "Guardia di Finanza"! Italy is so bureaucratic.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Jul 17
@LadyDuck Pomp and circumstance ;)
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@peachpurple (12875)
• Malaysia
8 Jul 17
People are getting greedy now
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
Human nature, I think.
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@peachpurple (12875)
• Malaysia
9 Jul 17
@pgntwo Yeah, humans are alike scorpion, just have to sting the flesh
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Jul 17
@peachpurple Humans are very good at biting the hand that feeds them.
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@DaddyEvil (24758)
• Aurora, Missouri
20 Jul
Congratulations on your 200th post, pgn! I hope MANY more are in your future! I've never played lotto or any of the games like that. (I may have told you I once started to buy a lottery ticket when I was working at a convenience store. I tore the ticket off the roll but a customer told me he wanted one, so I handed him the ticket I tore off. (I had not rung the ticket up yet.) I started to ring up a ticket for myself when that customer yelled he won $200. I put my money back into my pocket!)
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 Jul
Thank you. I hope so too. I also live in hope of my numbers coming up, despite your near-win of $200 putting you off for life...
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@DaddyEvil (24758)
• Aurora, Missouri
20 Jul
@pgntwo I hope your numbers do come up, pgn! I will wish you much better luck than I had! (Not sure if that will work or not, but at least I tried! LOL!) How have you been doing? Anything new going on?
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
20 Jul
@DaddyEvil If my numbers come up, you will hear about it... heck, I might even come knock at your door if I got a jackpot win... ;)
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
8 Jul 17
Good to know that this is your discussion no. 200.No I do not play any lotteries .
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
The chances are low, it has to be said.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
11 Jul 17
@pgntwo Yes,it is.
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@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
26 Aug
It would be almost impossible to guess the numbers for a Lottery here in the US. I know back when I used to play I had set set of numbers I would use, but Best I ever did back when I used to play was 4 out of 6.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
27 Aug
4 out of 6 is better than my best, 3 out of 6. 2013 was my best year for small 2- and 3-number wins, 6 in total that year. The house always wins...
@jaboUK (53921)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul
It does call into question the 'randomness' of anything, doesn't it? I wonder how they got caught.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
29 Jul
Greed, I suspect.
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@Tracy04 (10794)
• Malaysia
10 Jul 17
Must've hit many jackpots then.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
10 Jul 17
Many little ones, yes.
@Susan2015 (20580)
• United States
9 Jul 17
I believe there have been rigged cases over here in the USA too.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Jul 17
Yes, it was a story about fraudulent activity in the USA that first caught my attention. I am amazed the guys responsible were caught, actually.
@garymarsh6 (14062)
• United Kingdom
9 Jul 17
The odds of winning the lottery are phenomenally high these days since a Canadian firm took over increased the price and added even more numbers. I would say a fool and his money are soon parted. I do not do the lottery as you can probably tell so it won't be me as the advert goes!
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Jul 17
The House always wins. And People are gullible. One day...
@jstory07 (66951)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Jul 17
I just buy a quick pick every time and hope that I win from there.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Jul 17
That's as good a way as any.
@RasmaSandra (17464)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
8 Jul 17
Over here we play the Euro Jackpot once a week. My hubby has special numbers he always play but so far nothing. Perhaps one day with luck from above.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
I do wonder if anyone has thought to program the system to issue the winning line from the least-picked numbers... Imagine!
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@Corbin5 (106000)
• United States
8 Jul 17
I have only purchased a lottery ticket a few times. I let the computer pick my numbers. I did win $10 once.
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Jul 17
I had not considered that the story might relate to the choice of numbers on the ticket, or "lucky dip" as it is called here, as well. Just think... Get the computer to issue the winning numbers if you buy your ticket at exactly 8pm on a particular day...!
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• Baguio, Philippines
30 Aug
He must have been jailed for life! Can't do any other work being honest.
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@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Aug
Congrats on your 200th post. I don't have any systems when it comes to betting or whatever but I seem to have a bit of luck when it comes to bingo.