Years ago I was standing in a queue with a friend who was buying a Lotto ticket because it was a huge jackpot. When we got to the front of the line he was saying to me, “I should have taken 1,2,3,4,5,6. I would be sure to get it all then.”
The newsagent chipped in and said, “No you wouldn’t. You would be surprised how many people do that.”
I have told the story to people since and usually they insist that hardly anyone would do it.
Looking for something else I just came across this New Zealand article :
*This weekend’s biggest Powerball jackpot of $34 million has had punters forking over their cash in droves.
The majority are leaving their chances up to fate, but NZ Lotteries spokeswoman Karen Jones said about a third regularly chose their own numbers. Statistics showed choosing your numbers did not increase the likelihood of winning a big prize.
“People do some crazy things. We ran a search and found that about 2000 people pick the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.”
Sharing the $34m jackpot with 2000 others would give each person about $17,000 – a nice bonus, but hardly a life-changing sum.*