Lottery players often buy multiple lines or tickets to improve their chances. Typically from what I’ve seen, players will buy different rows of numbers rather than rows that are all the same, thinking this will improve their chances. However, wouldn’t they improve their chances equally well by using the same numbers for every chance? I wonder about this because there was movie years ago in which a couple won a lottery, with the total jackpot of, like, $30 million, but found out next day that they would only get about $3 million, because “some bowling team” had won the rest. This means that the bowling team would have had to play the same numbers for each line that they bought, instead of differing ones which is what groups usually do.

This theory seems to work in a hypothetical small case. If you have 10 people playing, and nine of them cooperate and all pick the same numbers, then there’s a damn good chance that the numbers drawn will match one of those tickets. But what about a real life scenario? In a state lottery draw, does the bowling team above have the same chance of winning if it selects the same number over and over for nine lines, as opposed to randomly picking differing sets of numbers?