In my book (and in frequent postings) I talk about whether quick picks pull in more winners than playing favorite numbers.
Theoretically it should make no difference. One set of numbers has the same odds of being picked as any other. That’s mathematics.
But the empirical evidence shows otherwise and feel free to write me with your own explanations for this.
I once worked for the California Lottery and a former employer (friend) there was recently asked by a player what was the exact percentage of Lotto and MegaMillion winners who win using their own numbers vs. Quick Pick numbers?
Cathy Johnston, the lottery spokeswoman answered thusly:
Out of the 15 Mega Millions jackpots winners in California, 12 have played Quick Pick numbers.
California’s other big money game is called SuperLotto Plus, which is essentially a mini version of a Mega Millions game.
Of the 2,200 Super Lotto Plus jackpot winners, approximately 70 percent have used Quick Pick numbers, Johnston said.
As I would say to you, Cathy said, “Every ticket has as much a chance as every other of winning because the numbers are drawn at random. “One, two, three, four, five, six has the same chance as a Quick Pick,” she said.
On the other hand…maybe it’s just that more people play quick picks than their “favorite numbers.”
Personally? I play a combination of numbers I dreamed one night, my wife’s lucky numbers and a quick pick.
What do you play?