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We will calculate the total number of combinations for Lotto MAX.
To figure total possible combinations this is the formula: (7/49)*(6/48)*(5/47)*(4/46)*(3/45)*(2/44)*(1/43) To convert this to a fraction will make it easier to understand: 1/[(7/49)*((6/48)*(5/47)*(4/46)*(3/45)*(2/44)*(1/43)] 1/[(0.142857142857143)*(0.125)*(0.106382978723404)*(0.0869565217391304)*(0.0666666666666667)*(0.0454545454545455)*(0.0232558139534884)]
=1: 85,900,584 for a lottery player personally selecting the winning line of numbers for a 7 out of 7 top prize win (these odds do not apply to quick picks).
The lottery corporations are using a lower number based on a $5 play having 3 lines 28,633,528 (85,900,584/3 lines=28,633,528).
Why would lottery corporations use a lower figure like odds of 1:28,633,528 instead of 85,900,584 possible combinations???
We have 2 reasons: to sell more tickets and make more money.
Is this not misleading?
Many people think so!
How come when you buy a charitable lottery ticket they list how many tickets are for sale, but government lotteries do not list possible combinations on the lottery selection slips? And government lotteries do not display this information at point of purchase or print on the ticket the possible combinations?
This is just a guess: Those who make the rules are exempt; charitable lotteries have to follow the rules.
If you contact CBC Marketplace, tell them you agree with LUCKY the LotterySquirrel: There need to be changes!
When you purchase a Lotto MAX ticket for $5, you get three lines of numbers (1 plus 2 bonus lines). In Quebec, lottery players can select ALL THREE LINES of numbers (using a special selection slip — see below). The rest of Canada can select one line, but the bonus lines are randomly-generated quick picks! Lotto MAX has 85,900,584 possible combinations of numbers, and in Ontario you would have to buy 85,900,584 $5 plays costing $429,502,920 to have every possible combination, because you have no control over the bonus lines.
In Quebec using the Personal Selections Slip, you would be able to purchase every combination costing $143,167,640 (85,900,584 /3 x$5)
Spending $429 Million or $143 Million to win $50 Million is just plain STUPID.
When Lotto 649 tickets were $1, you could purchase every possible combination for $13,983,816. With a $28 Million jackpot, you could have bought every ticket for about $14 Million and make a quick profit of $14 Million. If one other winning ticket was sold, you broke even. If there were 3 winning tickets, you would have a $4.6 Million loss. If there were 4 winning tickets, you would have a $7 Million loss.
Who would be willing to risk this?