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### Quick Pick or Lucky Numbers?

Jan 13, 15

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Jan. 13, 2015 – Unfortunately for all us would-be millionaires, it’s impossible to know which numbers will come up in any drawing. Even if there were a “system” that could better the odds, I think everyone would agree that there are just too many possibilities – hundreds of millions of potential combinations – to know with any certainty what the numbers will be. Still, lottery players everywhere – both casual and committed – wonder each time they line up to buy a ticket: “Should I play a Quick Pick or my lucky numbers?” The short answer?  It probably doesn’t matter all that much.  To really improve your odds of matching all six numbers you’d need to buy millions of tickets, and there are rules in place in some states to make this difficult, if not downright impossible, to do. But there are other reasons to choose a quick pick over lucky numbers, or vice versa.  For one,  we humans are pretty bad at picking random numbers, it’s just not in our nature. If you saw any of the recent reboot of “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey“, you may have seen astrophysicist host Neil deGrasse Tyson discuss our ability to pick out patterns. Tyson explains that while recognizing patterns is a good thing for survival, it’s bad news for our ability to think up random numbers. That’s why drawings that randomly select lower numbers are often more likely to have one or more jackpot winners – even if we think we’re picking numbers randomly off the top of our heads, we’re more likely to think of numbers with some personal significance attached to them. I call the lower numbers in drawings “birthday numbers,” and when the winning Powerball or Mega Millions numbers could correspond to days, months and years, it’s likely that more than one person has used some or all of those same numbers, thinking of important dates in their lives. For example, the largest Mega Millions jackpot of 2014 was a \$414 million prize split by winners...

### Last Minute Gift Ideas from LotteryHUB

Dec 23, 14

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### Happy Cyber Monday

Dec 01, 14

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Dec. 1, 2014 – So… done any work today? Or have you instead spent the day furiously clicking between the best deals the Internet can muster?  It is Cyber Monday, after all, and shoppers could spend more than \$2 billion online this year. What deals have you found?  Whatever they might be, you’ve no doubt run into a few things that even a big sale can’t make affordable.. unless that \$90 million Powerball ticket from Saturday is sitting in your cookie jar. Maybe it is, maybe it’s not.  Either way, it doesn’t hurt to dream.  Below you’ll find some of the most outrageous things on sale in some of Cyber Monday’s most popular shopping categories.   Clothing & Accessories Believe it or not, the Internet-centered shopping “holiday” is actually mostly about clothes.  You know, those things you don’t technically have to wear while shopping from home on Cyber Monday? That means it’s the perfect time to score a pair of \$1,850 boots for \$1,000, or maybe a new watch, or that new suit you needed two years ago For the ultra-rich and the jackpot winners among us, however, Cyber Monday is the perfect time for a new fur coat or maybe a \$100,000 locket That little locket is in this year’s Neiman Marcus holiday fantasy catalog, and it’s not just a pile of rocks: the “fantasy” part of the deal – and probably most of the \$100,000 price tag – is a trip to Germany and the chance to design the locket with a famous jewelry designer. So, it’s not exactly a ship-to-your-front-door Cyber Monday gift, but who cares?   Consumer Electronics Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big on TV.  Big on BIG TV’s too, as you already know if you’ve been in a Walmart or Target at 4 a.m., watching 62-inch behemoths ring up for just less than \$1,000. But big box stores have nothing on Amazon.com’s TV selection.  If you’re looking for the best deal on Cyber Monday, you can find...

### Big Jackpots Mean Awesome Costumes

Oct. 30, 2014 – What are you being for Halloween?  The spookiest day of the year is only a few hours away – hopefully you’re not still trying to figure out what this year’s costume will be. But if you were too busy to put together that awesome costume idea for 2014, it’s never too early to start planning for next Halloween. And hey, some of your procrastinator friends might just throw a belated costume party too.  If you manage to get extra lucky tomorrow night, you’ll be able to put together the coolest Halloween costume ever!  Check out the video below for a few of our 2014 costume ideas, and read this post from 2013 if you still think you need to spend more on...

Oct 27, 14