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Quick Pick or Lucky Numbers?

Jan 13, 15 Quick Pick or Lucky Numbers?

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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...

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Last Minute Gift Ideas from LotteryHUB

Dec 23, 14 Last Minute Gift Ideas from LotteryHUB

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Dec. 23, 2014 – If you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping done yet, you’re a bit behind the curve.  Not to worry: we’ve put together some great last-minute gift ideas… but you might need to hit the jackpot to deliver before the holiday season is over. It’ll take a lot of luck, but there’s still a chance.  For Powerball and Mega Millions players there are still two drawings until Christmas, and then four more before New Year’s Day.  If you win, just tell your family their gifts are on back-order, they’ll understand. It’s not like #1 is going to fit under the tree anyway…   Buy a Water Park for the Kids OK, so depending where you live this gift could depend on the seasons, but we’re not ruling out every kid’s dream: the indoor water park. Water slides have always been a summertime trademark, whether they’re the exciting and well-built contraptions at amusement parks, or the death-defying stack of pool noodles and jungle-gym equipment kids pile together next to a backyard pool, nothing beats the heat and gives a thrill like a water park. For a big winner, endless fun wouldn’t be all too expensive either.  Even larger parks are listed at one to two million dollars, though we’re pretty sure the insurance and the water bills are a bit steeper. Instead of worrying about all that, why not get your water-based thrills on the open ocean…   Get Dad a Boat… and a Car A lot of holiday car advertisements are aimed at women, or at least aimed at men who might be considering buying a car for the special lady. Why?  I don’t know.  Break the stereotype this year and get these sleek (but very manly) gifts for your pops, and I guarantee he won’t think the bow on top of the car is cheesy or girly. He’ll probably be too busy picking his jaw up off the floor. This beautiful combo is the Strand Craft 122 – a 122-foot super yacht –...

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Happy Cyber Monday

Dec 01, 14 Happy Cyber Monday

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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...

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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...

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What Mega Millions Numbers Will You Play?

Oct. 27, 2014 – Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot has an incredible estimated value of $252 million, the second-highest jackpot of the year and definitely enough to make your dreams come true. But before you make this the most extravagant Halloween ever, or leave everything behind and start a new life of luxury, you’ll need to pick six very lucky numbers. Everyone has their own strategy for picking numbers; we’ve talked about “birthday numbers” before, and we’ve also covered the difference between a Quick Pick or choosing your own six numbers. If you use the LotteryHUB mobile app, you’re probably also familiar with our popular “Frequent Numbers” series, in which we show you how often winning Powerball and Mega Millions numbers have been drawn over a period of time. (If you don’t have LotteryHUB, you can get it free for iOS or Android, or click here to text yourself a download link!) But it’s one thing to know which numbers have already come up.  It’s another thing entirely to know which numbers haven’t been drawn; lots of lottery players say these numbers are “due.” I don’t know about “due” or not; every number has an equal chance of being drawn.  But if you’re looking for a new set of numbers, or just trying to take a break from your usual, check out the image below. Those are the white numbers and Mega Ball numbers that haven’t been drawn since a California player won $180 million on August 22. If you’re feeling pretty sure that your numbers are coming up Tuesday, why not add Megaplier to your ticket?  Since that August 22 drawing, the 5x Megaplier has been drawn a whopping seven times, and 3x is right behind with six times drawn. Whatever you choose to put on your tickets, just don’t forget to buy them before it’s too late, and good luck Tuesday night!...

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Signs Sports Betting Bill

Oct. 20, 2014 – New Jersey bettors may soon have the ability to place wagers on their favorite sports teams. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill that would end the state’s prohibition of sports betting in casinos and at racetracks. “This will help clear away the legal obstacles and provide a clear path to finally bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said N.J. Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), a sponsor of the bill, in a statement Friday. “It will be a lifeline to Atlantic City casinos and for the horse racing industry, creating jobs and economic opportunities that will serve the city and the state for years to come,” he said. On Facebook, Lesniak announced that he planned to place the first legal sports wager on Sunday, Oct. 26 The state has been trying since 2012 to legalize sports betting, but were unsuccessful in their attempt to challenge the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which banned sports betting in all but four states. Those four states – Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon – all offered sports betting at the time PASPA was passed and were thus exempt from the law that still prohibits sports betting in the other 46 states. Nevada and Delaware are the only two states to still accept wagers on professional sports.  Delaware sports betting is limited to horse racing and parlay wagers on professional football games. The Delaware Lottery oversees sports betting there, but because of PASPA, New Jersey legislators were unable to set up state-regulated sports betting. Instead, the bill signed Friday will end some of New Jersey’s prohibitions against sports betting, but keep the state un-involved.  Casinos and racetracks will be responsible for regulating sports betting, and sports wagers will still be illegal outside of casino and racetrack locations. Gov. Christie issued a statement Friday in which he re-iterated that he is “a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in the state of New Jersey.” While New Jersey bettors would be...

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