[Tutor] Can anyone help me?

Smith, Jeff jsmith at medplus.com
Fri Oct 28 16:28:10 CEST 2005

Aren't the odds just based on how many tickets you buy?  The odds aren't
affected by different people buying more tickets.  If only one person
buys a ticket in the entire lottery system, his odds of winning are the
same as if two people play, and the same as if 20 million play.


-----Original Message-----
From: bob [mailto:bgailer at alum.rpi.edu] 
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 10:17 AM
To: Nathan Pinno; Tutor at python.org
Subject: Re: [Tutor] Can anyone help me?

At 09:42 PM 10/27/2005, Nathan Pinno wrote:

>If I create a program that randomly draws 6 numbers, its like the 
>According to an article I read in Reader's Digest, if you get a Quick
>- which is six numbers at random - you increase your odds of winning.

Odds are how many tickets you buy relative to how many tickets everyone 
else has bought. Has nothing to do with the mechanism for generating 
numbers. Any guesses you make are "random". You might as well buy
cookies and copy the numbers in them. Or add 1 to each number. Or ....
action on your part will ensure that you win, or give you a better shot
winning than anyone else.

>I want to create a program that will imitate the Quick Pick process for

So ask the lottery people what random number algorithm they use and
it for yourself. Not that doing that will make any difference. 

Tutor maillist  -  Tutor at python.org

More information about the Tutor mailing list