







Lotto tickets 
20120103 

From Ashley: Hi. I play the lotto a lot, and have yet to win. How many combinations can I make with 6 numbers 153? I am trying to come up with a dollar amount so I know how much I would have to spend to guarantee a win. Thank you in advance. (I'm no good at math) Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





The 3ball lottery 
20091209 

From Lee: A friend and I are trying to calculate the odds of choosing the winning
numbers in the 3ball lottery (3digits 09).
We realize that there are 720 Permutations and 120 possible Combinations
of said lottery, but we're having trouble figuring how to determine the
"odds" or probability of winning (1) when order matters, and (2) when it
doesn't. Please help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A lottery question 
20091101 

From munirah: assume the chances of winning the lottery are 1 in 1000.how many times would you have to play to attain 0.5 probability of winning at least once? Answered by Robert Dawson and Claude Tardif. 





Choosing 5 numbers from 39 
20080804 

From robert: Hi,
I am sending you the web page where I found the question of 39 numbers and =
5 choices, please see below.
How does they comes up with the 120 combinations?
How can I comes up with the 120 combinations in a printout form?
Please read all the way to the bottom of there example and see where they talks about the 120 combinations. Answered by Victoria West and Harley Weston. 





Choosing 5 numbers out of 39 numbers 
20080718 

From robert: Please list the way I can choose 5 numbers out of 39 numbers, without repeating them, starting at number 1.
Please send me a list of all 120 combination. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Choosing 5 numbers from 56 numbers 
20080302 

From alexavier: need all of the 5 digit combinations using the numbers 156. Answered by Harley Weston. 





A lottery 
20080127 

From Stephen: formula for calculating five numbers dropping out of ninety numbers.eg: 3716291045 dropped out of ninety numbers.What formula can be used to predict the next five numbers out of the ninety? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Lottery Problem 
20071118 

From A lottery problem: There are 50 numbers in a Lottery Draw and 5 numbers are drawn out. The player chooses 5 numbers can you tell what is the lowest number of entries required to guarantee that 3 of the 5 numbers entered match 3 of the 5 numbers drawn? Answered by Victoria West. 





Lottery numbers 
20070504 

From Trish: What are all the six digit combinations between 1 & 36 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How to find the odds for a lottery jackpot 
20060412 

From Harvey: Is it best to use factorials to calculate the odds of winning a lottery, such as the MegaMillions that is popular in the US, or is there a better way? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Choosing 5 numbers from 1,...,36 
20040630 

From A lottery player?: how many combinations are there for the numbers 1thru 36 when only using each number once in groups of five Answered by Penny Nom. 





Four digit numbers 
20031120 

From Rob: Hello, I sure hope you can answer this question. I got into a discussion at work about how many possible combinations there are for a four digit number using the numbers 0 through 9. This was in reference to a discussion about the lottery. I said there was only 10,000 possible combinations. My friend said that there was many times more, but he could not remember how to figure it out. The answer and the formula would be greatly appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The number of three digit combinations 
20030816 

From Fred: There are four close friends having a heated discussion concerning the the number of three digit combinations using the numbers 0 through 9. The discussionÝinvolves the daily lottery.Ý Any assistance you can lend would be greatly appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A lottery question 
20020325 

From Noel: I want to take all numbers in a Lotto game from 1 to 45 and ditribute them between 9 boxes each containing 5 numbers. Each number is used only once.  What is the probability that I derive the correct combination of 5 numbers in the draw?
 What is the probability if I take a systems game and now distribute 9 numbers into each of 5 boxes? Once again, the numbers are used only once.
 Can you explain what formulae are used and how the answer is derived? Is this a distribution or combination problem? Or is it a combination of both distribution and combination?
Answered by Andrei Volodin and Penny Nom. 





Lucky dip 
20010209 

From Andrew: I buy 8 lucky dip (random number) panels, each panel has 6 numbers chosen at random from 49. I never seem to cover more than 32 different numbers on average, over the total 48 numbers chosen, which seems low? How can I calculate the probability of 32 different numbers or 33 diferent numbers? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A 1 from 35 lottery 
20010111 

From Jamie: A number is randomly drawn from an urn containing 35 balls numbered 00 to 34. How to win Division 1 Match the number drawn Division 2 Match the last digit of the number drawn Calculation of probabilities for this lottery:... Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





649 
20000914 

From Steve: In our state lottery you must choose 6 numbers (149). How many different combinations are there? They can be in any order. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Instant Winner 
19990407 

From FSSTAN: The probabilities of being an "instant winner" of $25 or $50 in a lottery are 1/600 and 1/1200, respectively. The mathematical expectation of being an "instant winner" of $25 or $50 is? Answered by Jack LeSage and Penny Nom. 

