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Fleur



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Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Do these odds look correct? Reply with quote

https://www.lottery.co.uk/thunderball/odds

That 1 in 29 odds to get the Thunderball only doesn't look right, as you choose a number between 1 and 14 for the Thunderball, so surely it would be 1 in 14?

The instructions for Thunderball are pick a number between 1 and 14 for the Thunderball, and 5 numbers between 1 and 39. You pay one pound for a Thunderball ticket, which is the cheapest of the UK national lottery tickets.
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Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The odds of 1/29 are for getting just the Thunderball right, and none of the main numbers correct. You would expect to get some of the main numbers correct by chance, so the chance of getting just the Thunderball correct and all the others wrong will be less than 1/14. Once you allow for T+1 of the main, and T+2 of the main, etc. you get 1/29.
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