I know you are clever and I thank you for your answers.

• #### pdq

November 4, 2010 at 12:56 pm

The lottery is a tax on the poor and on the ignorant. It’s the ignorant that actually think they have a chance to win, especially if they are relying on strangers’ picks of lottery numbers.

Clever? Perhaps not. But it’s the truth.

I’ll go with 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34. Those numbers are just as good and just as bad as any other guess.

• #### The next Phill

November 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

4 8 16 21 42

• #### John W

November 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

What, Wednesday’s draw for \$7 million not good enough for you? What about Friday’s Lotto Max draw for \$44 million. Remember it’s all tax free and one lump sum in Canada so that \$44 million is probably the equivalent of a 70 million jackpot in the US and the Canadian dollar is high right now or rather the US dollar is low

Try

4 17 21 37 40 46
9 26 33 34 42 43
11 14 18 22 30 47
7 15 16 19 32 49
1 12 23 29 36 39

The only reason why I’ve included five sets of numbers is because there is only one way to improve your chances and that’s by not buying the same numbers more than once for a given draw. If you did quickpicks, there would be an ever so slight possibility that two tickets would be the same hence not improving your odds at all. Even if it’s only a few numbers that are the same say three numbers then that would be fewer chances at the three number match prizes. So the only way to guarantee not buying the same number combinations more than once for the same draw would be to pick your own. You’ll note that in those five sets of numbers above, none share any number combinations for the smaller prizes so you would get the maximum number of chances your ten dollars could buy in the draw (note Canada’s 649 is a \$2 ticket, Lotto Max is a \$5 ticket). Of course there’s no way to guarantee not duplicating numbers in Lotto Max (you pick one set of seven numbers and the computer picks two more sets of numbers automatically in Lotto Max) or even in the Extra draw (Encore if you’re out east).

Mathematically you shouldn’t buy any tickets at all so buying one quickpick would make more sense then buying the five listed above.

• #### nathanvise

November 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

5 7 10 12 22 38
4 17 19 25 33 41
1 14 15 21 23 30
2 12 13 24 26 47
4 14 15 24 27 41
8 10 12 26 29 40
7 15 29 36 47 49
Best of luck for you.
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