The expected payouts for the Kentucky Lottery Pick 3 game have an interesting idiosyncrasy. Playing the special “Straight Box” play pays out better than a separate 50¢ straight and 50¢ box play.
All other plays average 60¢ per dollar played, but the straight box seems to be 65¢ and 70¢, depending on the numbers played. Maybe my spreadsheet is wrong somewhere in here:
I always thought it interesting that our big lottery pools at work always ended with a seemingly predictable sequence of numbers.
So, for those of you interested in math/statistics enough to care about truly “random” numbers, but not good enough at math to not play the lottery, you can make your Powerball picks here:
[Note: I don’t *really* believe that lottery quick picks aren’t sufficiently random.]