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Mega Millions Even Odd Analysis


Even/Odd Information

Playing all Even or Odd numbers is a natural method for systematically selecting a small subset of lottery numbers. However, many recommend that these combinations be eliminated from play entirely since they account for less than 6% of the total combinations available.

Contrarians would argue that limiting ones selections to a small subset of lottery numbers is a viable stragegy assuming that actual observations follow expected probabilities.

The panels below are presented to help players make there own judgements regarding which subset classification they may wish to follow. Window MM-D2-1 displays a tabular summary of all even/odd occurances as previously drawn. Items that occur more frequently are displayed in red and those who perform less than expected are blue. To help visualize this information better, Window MM-D2-2 displays a graph bar chart of the percent of occurances versus expected probabilities. Window MM-D2-3 shows the underlying statistical data calculated.

Lastly, Window MM-D2-4 puts it all together by summarizing how often the lottery jackpots would be won if a player limits his playing numbers to certain multiple of 2 subsets. Note that These tables only show the highest prizes that would be won, not the sum of all the prizes.

MM-D2-1: Mega Millions Even Odd Occurances
Even means: Only those numbers Evenly divisible by 2
Odd means: Those numbers NOT Evenly divisible by 2
MM-D2-2: White Only Probability Graph
MM-D2-4: E/O by 2 Winnings Payouts
For purposes of this summary:
- Even means: Only those numbers Evenly divisible by 2
- Odd means: Those numbers NOT Evenly divisible by 2
- Even Only Tab assumes play of all Even White & all Even Mega Balls.
- Odd Only Tab assumes play of all Odd White & all Odd Mega Balls.
- Even+OddMB Tab assumes play of all Even White & all Odd Mega Balls.
- Odd+EvenMB Tab assumes play of all Odd White & all Even Mega Balls.


MM-D2-3: White Only Statistical Summary
MM-D2-5: Estimated Winning Payouts If You Play
Even means: You only buy those numbers Evenly divisible by 2
1 MB (Match) means: You only buy one Mega Ball and you match the number drawn
1 MB (No Match) means: You only buy one Mega Ball but DO NOT match the number drawn
All 46 MB's (Match) means: You only buy all the 46 Mega Balls


As seen in the above tables, playing all Even or Odd numbers can be a rewarding strategy for the serious lottery player. This is because these subsets contain a relatively few number of combinations. Since a complete 5 number even or odd sequence is selected with regular frequency, a player could confidently assume they have a realistic chance to win the jackpot. Further, using this strategy presents opportunities to win lesser prizes by matching 3 or 4 of the white balls approximately 47% of the time.

For the dreamers who consider playing combinations of all Even or Odd numbers, we have prepared Window MM-D2-5, which shows three scenarios of dollar amount payouts. The first tab assumes you buy all the even number combinations using only one winning Mega Ball. The second tab shows your payout and losses if you don't match the Mega Ball. Lastly, the third tab assumes that you repetitively purchase all combinations for each Mega Ball. However, we do not recommend doing this since you risk losing millions of dollars every drawing.

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