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Tapping the power of
magnificent 7’s

May 11, 2004 1:39 AM

In the past we’ve taken a close look at a few tickets that are known as "power tickets", tickets that have traditionally been played in order to win a lot of money. We’ve looked at a 28 way 6, a 28 way 8 and a 35 way 9, and we’ve reached the tentative conclusion that the 28 way 8 is the best in this genre.

The seven spot way is rarely played, but here is one that we’ll look at this week for comparison. Remember that our goal in playing these "power tickets" is a winner of $1,500 or more. Pick 19 numbers, and group one group of three and 8 groups of two. This will give you a ticket like this and all of these ways available to play:

3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

1 Way 19

8 Way 17

1 Way 16

28 Way 15

8 Way 14

56 Way 13

28 Way 12

70 Way 11

56 Way 10

56 Way 9

70 Way 8

28 Way 7

56 Way 6

8 Way 5

28 Way 4

1 Way 3

8 Way 2

Out of these ways, we’ll concentrate today on the 28 way seven, and play it for $1.00 per way, so we’ll have a good comparison with the 28 way 6 and the 28 way 8. If you play this ticket, here are your chances for various catches on the ticket:

Catch

One chance in

7 / 7

1,651.63

6 / 7

83.86

5 / 7

11.11

4 / 7

2.92

If you play this ticket, you could reasonably expect to hit a solid 7 once every 1651 games, which is about the same as hitting a solid five on a straight ticket bet. Let’s compare this 28 way 7 with our current favorite power ticket, the 28 way 8.

CHANCE OF HITTING:

28 way 8

28 way 7

Any winner

3.57

2.90

$28.00 or more

16.07

16.71

$100.00 or more

18.32

56.68

$1,480 or more

228.42

763.46

$5,000 or more

8,232.81

1,651.62

$10,000 or more

8,234.22

2,578.04

It is easy to see that the 8 spot way ticket is clearly superior to the 28 way 7 in the mid range of pay outs, up to $1,480 or so. The 28 way seven, though, is very much better when it comes to large pay outs, anything over $5,000.00. Upon reflection, this should not be too surprising, since the seven spot pay out schedule usually includes a solid seven that pays in the range of $7,000 to $10,000. So if you’d be happy winning $10,000 or so, by all means play this 28 way seven, because your chances of hitting are about 5 times greater than on the 28 way 8. If you still want to shoot for the $50,000 though, stick with the 8 spot. The chances of hitting $50,000 on the 28 way seven are 1 in 936,619, or about the same as hitting a straight solid nine.

Well that’s it for this week, good luck! I’ll see you in line!