Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Being in Texas I have access to what I am dubbing the "Big 3"; Texas Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball. These three games offer the biggest prizes and the longest odds. I will be playing all three games each week. This amounts to six drawings a week as all games have drawings twice a week (Mega Millions - Tuesdays and Fridays, Lotto Texas and Powerball - Wednesdays and Saturdays). The weekly investment will be $12. This will total $624 for the entire year. I will keep track of money played (invested) and any winnings (return on investment). For those curious I will be playing the cash option. Screw the annual annuity!!
Since I don't want to break the bank I will play two sets of numbers for each drawing. One set of numbers will be my "permanent" numbers. The other set will be assigned randomly (Quick Pick). I will use the permanent numbers for every drawing the next year. Quick Pick numbers will be used for both drawings during a given week. This will allow me to keep my sanity in check by only having to purchase game numbers once a week. Also I have been told that one play off a single drawing has about the same odds as a hundred plays (both odds blow). So, without further ado let's jump in........
First up is Mega Millions. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Est. Cash Value: $42,500,000
Permanent Numbers: 06, 12, 13, 39, 45 Mega Ball: 22
Quick Pick Numbers: 12, 17, 19, 47, 54 Mega Ball: 40
Money Played: $2
Money Won: $0 (first drawing and all, you know)
Wish me luck!