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## Lotteries

A lottery is a type of gambling where people buy tickets, and then win if their numbers get chosen.

A “lot” is something that happens by chance. You may have heard people say “let us decide by drawing lots” or “so that is my lot”.

### Rules

Different Lotteries have different rules.

Here we will use a typical lottery where the player chooses 6 different numbers out of 49.

#### Example:

You enter the lottery by buying a ticket and selecting your six numbers.

You choose: 1, 2, 12, 14, 20 and 21

On Saturday they draw the lottery, and the winning numbers are:

3, 12, 18, 20, 32 and 43

You matched two of the numbers (12 and 20):

• Is that enough to win you anything? No.
• Usually you must match at least three numbers to get a small prize.
• Matching four numbers gets a bigger prize,
• Matching five is even bigger.
• But if you match ALL SIX of the numbers you might win millions.

The chances of winning all 6 numbers is 1 in 13,983,816 (calculated below).

### Choosing Numbers

These might win.

The numbers don’t know what they are!

A Lottery is just as likely to come up “1,2,3,4,5,6” as “9,11,16,23,27,36”

Instead of numbers they could be symbols, or colors, the lottery would still work.

In fact the result below really happened (Florida Fantasy 5 on 21 March 2011):

So it doesn’t matter what numbers you choose, the chances are all the same.

### More Likely Numbers?

So you have read that some numbers come up more often than others? Well of course they do, that is random chance.

The people who run lotteries have strict rules to stop the “rigging” of results. But random chance can sometimes produce strange results.

For example, using The Spinner I did 1000 spins for 10 numbers and came up with this:

Wow! 7 came up 115 times,
and 8 only 81 times.

Does this mean 7 will now come up more often, or less often? In fact it doesn’t mean anything, 7 is just as likely as any number to get chosen.

Try it yourself and see what results you get.

### Popular Numbers

But there is a trick! People have favorite numbers, so when popular numbers come up you are sharing the winnings with lots of people.

Birthdays are popular choices, so people choose 1-12 and 1-31 more often. Also lucky numbers.

So maybe you should choose unpopular numbers so when you DO win you get more money.

(This assumes your lottery is one where prizes are shared among winners.)

### Regret

Don’t choose the same numbers every week. It’s a trap! If you forget a week you then worry that your numbers will come up, and this forces you to buy a ticket every week (even when you have other more important things to do).

Make a list of many unpopular numbers.
Choose randomly from this list every time.

### Syndicates

A “Syndicate” is a group of people who all put in a little money so the group can buy lots of tickets. The chance of winning goes up, but your payout each time is less (because you are sharing).

Syndicates can be fun because they are sociable . a way of making and keeping friendships. Plus some syndicates like to spend small winnings on everyone going out for a meal together.

Another good reason for joining a syndicate is that your chances of winning go up (but what you win goes down).

Think about it . winning Ten Million would really change your life, but One Million would also improve your life a lot. You might prefer ten times the chance of winning one million.

### Chance Of Winning the Big Prize

OK. What are the chances of you winning the big prize?

The chances of winning all 6 numbers is 1 in 13,983,816

You can use the Combinations and Permutations Calculator to work it out (use n=49, r=6, ‘No’ for Is Order Important? and ‘No’ for Is Repetition allowed?)

The actual calculation is this:

49 C6 = 49!/(43! x 6!) = 13983816

So how many times do you need to play to win?

#### 1 Week

Suppose you play every week

The probability of a win after 1 week is:

1 13983816 = 0.0000000715.

So the probability of no win after 1 week is:

1 в€’ 1 13983816 = 0.9999999285.

#### 50 Years

Let’s say you play for 50 years, that’s 2,600 weeks.

The probability of no win over 2,600 weeks is:

( 1 в€’ 1 13983816 ) 2600 = 0.999814.

That means the probability of winning (after 50 Years) is: 1 в€’ 0.999814. = 0.000186.

And you would have spent thousands for that small chance.

You may have had some good holidays for that money.

BUT it IS fun thinking “I just may win this week!”

Just keep it as a fun thing to do, OK?

• Find out the rules for winning Lotto in your area.
• How many numbers do you have to choose and how many numbers do you choose from?
• Calculate the probability of winning in any one week.
• Calculate the probability of winning if you play every week for 50 years.
• How much money would you save by not playing? What can that money buy?

A look at lotteries from a mathematical viewpoint.

## Lottery ticket one number off

ATTENTION PLAYERS: All Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for prizes valued at \$600 or more.

Players with prizes valued at \$600 or more can be mailed to the nearest Florida Lottery district office. Players with prizes valued at \$250,000 or more can be mailed to Florida Lottery Headquarters.

To claim your prize by mail, simply mail the ticket(s) along with a Winner Claim Form and the documentation listed under the “Required Documentation” tab. Tickets mailed to Florida Lottery Headquarters or district offices are processed in approximately 30 – 45 days*.

If a Draw game ticket has been validated by a retailer and the prize was not paid, the envelope and its contents, including the winning ticket, must be postmarked on or before the 30th day after the claim deadline. If the ticket has not been validated by a retailer, the envelope and its contents must be postmarked on or before the claim deadline as detailed under the “Ticket Expiration” section below. If all required documentation is not received by the Lottery by the applicable extended claim date, the prize will be forfeited. All Florida MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, CASH4LIFE, and Fast Play prizes must be claimed in Florida.

For Scratch-Off or Fast Play tickets that have been validated by a retailer, the envelope and its contents, including the winning ticket, must be postmarked on or before the 270th day after the official end of the game. If the Scratch-Off or Fast Play ticket has not been validated by a retailer, the envelope and its contents must be postmarked on or before the 240th day after the official game close. If all required documentation is not received by the Lottery by the applicable extended claim date, the prize will be forfeited.

NOTE: U.S. Postal Service regulations include various restrictions on mailing Lottery tickets. The risk of mailing tickets remains with the player and will not be assumed by the Lottery.

Tickets mailed to the Florida Lottery Headquarters will be processed in the order in which they are received by the claims processing department. Damaged, state owed debt and disputed tickets may take longer.

*Processing timeframes are a general estimate; actual processing time may vary.

Players with prizes valued at \$600 or more can schedule claim appointments at Lottery offices.

Claim appointments are available Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., EST (Pensacola’s hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., CST). The first hour of each day is reserved for players 65 and older and for those with serious underlying medical conditions.

For the safety of our employees and players:

• In accordance with local ordinances, players must have a face covering to enter.
• Mandatory health screenings will be conducted in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines prior to allowing any player into a Lottery office.
• To limit the number of people in an office at one time, players are asked to attend their claim appointment by themselves unless they require the assistance of another person for medical reasons.

Players with prizes valued at \$600 or more can be claimed via secured drop box located inside any Florida Lottery district office.

To claim a prize via drop box, simply place the ticket(s) along with a Winner Claim Form and the documentation listed under the “Required Documentation” tab in an envelope and drop it off at Florida Lottery Headquarters or any district office. Tickets submitted via drop box to Florida Lottery Headquarters or district offices are processed in approximately 10 – 14 days*.

For the safety of our employees and players:

• In accordance with local ordinances, players must have a face covering to enter.
• Mandatory health screenings will be conducted in accordance with DOH and CDC guidelines prior to allowing any player into a Lottery office.

If a Draw game ticket has been validated by a retailer and the prize was not paid, the envelope and its contents, including the winning ticket, must be submitted on or before the 30th day after the claim deadline. If the ticket has not been validated by a retailer, the envelope and its contents must be submitted on or before the claim deadline as detailed under the “Ticket Expiration” section below. If all required documentation is not received by the Lottery by the applicable extended claim date, the prize will be forfeited. All Florida MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, CASH4LIFE, and Fast Play prizes must be claimed in Florida.

For Scratch-Off or Fast Play tickets that have been validated by a retailer, the envelope and its contents, including the winning ticket, must be submitted on or before the 270th day after the official end of the game. If the Scratch-Off or Fast Play ticket has not been validated by a retailer, the envelope and its contents must be submitted on or before the 240th day after the official game close. If all required documentation is not received by the Lottery by the applicable extended claim date, the prize will be forfeited.

Tickets submitted via drop box to Florida Lottery Headquarters will be processed in the order in which they are received by the claims processing department. Damaged, state owed debt, and disputed tickets may take longer.

*Processing timeframes are a general estimate; actual processing time may vary.

To claim a prize of \$600 or more, the player must:

1. Complete a Florida Lottery Winner Claim Form.
2. Present one form of identification that is current or was issued within the past five years and bears a serial number or other identifying number. If you are claiming via mail or secured drop box, provide a clear scanned copy of your identification.
Acceptable forms of identification include:
• An identification card or driver’s license issued by a public agency authorized to issue driver’s licenses in Florida, a state other than Florida, a territory of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
• A passport issued by the U.S. Department of State.
• A passport issued by a foreign government for non-annual payment option prizes & prizes that do not require a notarized affidavit.
• A passport issued by a foreign government stamped by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for annual payment option prizes or for prizes that require a notarized affidavit.
• An identification card issued by any branch of the U.S. armed forces.
• An identification card issued by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

PLAYERS SHOULD PROVIDE ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO PAY A PRIZE AT THE TIME THE CLAIM IS FILED WITH THE LOTTERY.

#### Privacy Act Notice:

Under the Federal Privacy Act, disclosure of a person’s Social Security number is voluntary unless a Federal statute specifically requires such disclosure or allows states to collect the number. For claimants of Florida Lottery prizes valued at \$600 or more, disclosure is required by 26 U.S.C. s. 3402 and 26 U.S.C. s. 6109 for tax withholding and reporting purposes. Social Security numbers will also be used to determine whether a claimant owes an outstanding debt to a state agency or child support collected through a court, pursuant to Section 24.115, Florida Statutes.

The deadlines for claiming prizes for Draw, Fast Play, and Scratch-Off games have been extended as follows:

• Winning Draw game tickets for drawings occurring on or after September 24, 2019, and on or before June 20, 2020, must be claimed on or before the 360th day after the winning drawing.
• Claimants of winning Draw game tickets for drawings occurring on or after June 21, 2020, and on or before December 17, 2020, will have up to 360 days to claim prizes depending on the draw dates. For each day after June 20, 2020, the 360-day claim period will decrease by one day until the claim period reaches the statutorily required 180 days. For a complete listing of applicable draw dates with associated extended claiming deadlines, please click here.
• Winning Fast Play and Scratch-Off tickets must be claimed on or before the 240th day after the announced end of game for games ending on or after January 22, 2020, and on or before August 1, 2020.

Players also have the option to hold on to winning tickets and wait to claim any prizes until Lottery offices reopen to the public. For more information on the documents needed to claim a prize, click here.

For faster payment, Florida Lottery winners should complete the information on the back of their winning ticket and take it to any retailer for validation. The ticket issued is the only valid receipt for claiming a prize.

FLORIDA LOTTO ® , MEGA MILLIONS ® and POWERBALL ® jackpot prizes may be paid in 30 annual installments, and JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY™ jackpot prizes may be paid in 25 annual installments. CASH4LIFE™ Grand Prize and second prize may be paid for the natural life of the winner. Certain Scratch-Off games that offer an null may be paid in annual installments in accordance with the rule for that game.

FLORIDA LOTTO, MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY, CASH4LIFE and certain Scratch-Off games also offer a Cash Option method of payment – a one-time, lump-sum payment that jackpot winners may choose to receive instead of receiving their winnings in annual payments. Payment may be made by check or by ACH transfer to a bank or brokerage account in the winner’s name; however, the Lottery strongly recommends the ACH transfer method of payment. A winner electing the ACH transfer method of payment must provide the Lottery with a voided check or ACH transfer instructions to a financial institution. FLORIDA LOTTO, MEGA MILLIONS, POWERBALL, JACKPOT TRIPLE PLAY and CASH4LIFE winners who wish to elect the Cash Option method of payment must claim their prizes and make their payment election within 60 days after the winning draw date. If the winner does not elect the Cash Option within 60 days after the winning draw date, the prize will be paid in annual payments.

Lottery ticket one number off ATTENTION PLAYERS: All Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for prizes valued at \$600 or more. Players with prizes valued at