LOST numbers are worth $150
Just for fun I bought a Virginia MegaMillions ticket today. I didn't play the LOST numbers4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42because that would have been silly.
Or so I thought. The numbers drawn were: 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, and mega ball 42. According to the rules anyone who played the LOST numbers would have matched 3 plus the mega ball, which is a $150 prize.... 
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Actually, something is bugging me about the whole Mega Millions situation. The odds of hitting the jackpot are approximately 1 in 176 million. The jackpot itself is 355 million.
So why wouldn't a billionaire just buy 1 of every possible combination and be guaranteed to double his money? Plus all of the smaller prizes he'd get as well..... 
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that's pretaxes and if you take the lump sum it's even less, if you don't take the lump sum it would take forever to make back the investment.

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VA has a law that limits the time one can spend occupying a lottery machine...20 minutes per costumer. So it would take a bunch of people coordinated to buy all the combinations...not saying it couldn't be done...just don't think anyone would bother. Plus the jackpot is $355 million...the cash prize would be little more than half of that...then there are taxes. A billionaire could make more money by just investing the amount they would have spent on buying tickets.

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You will only get $80$100 million for a lump sum.
Funny that I could have won $150! 
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Ugh... I didn't win anything. I've never even gotten a megaball right. I didn't play the Lost numbers because I thought it was stupid as well.. apparently not.

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Wow! The jackpot is really huge right now.
How much did Hurley win in his lottery? 
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$114 million dollars

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^ That happened on an episode of The Mentalist. To trick someone into thinking he could get pick any horse race with 100% accuracy, he bought every possible outcome. He did it to solve a crime, but it cost him a lot of money in the process.

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if you picked the LOST numbers you MIGHT have won $150. The first 5 numbers are picked from the same group of balls. The power ball is picked from another group of balls. Meaning you can pick 2 4 6 8 10 and then 10 again.
I think.... 
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Around the time that the episode Numbers first aired here, the numbers in the Irish lottery were 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 24 (which is 42 backwards). That creeped me out at the time.

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Somebody in my state won (WA) too bad it wasn't me. Another person from Idaho won too. Bah, 5 bucks squandered.

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