The lottery has been around for centuries. Benjamin Franklin began a lottery to raise money for cannons for the defense of Philadelphia. In the 17th century, several lotteries were held with prizes of “Pieces of Eight”. George Washington also attempted to organize a lottery to raise money for his army, but his lottery failed. But rare lottery tickets bearing Washington’s signature have become collectors’ items, with one ticket sold in 2007 for $15,000! In 1769, Washington served as manager of Col. Bernard Moore’s “Slave Lottery”, which offered slaves and land as prizes.
Unlike frequent players, infrequent players in the lottery have a lower chance of winning a large prize. That is because infrequent players don’t play as many combinations as frequent players, and they often play the same combinations more than once. There are also other factors that influence the probability of winning, and it is worth looking at statistics to determine the chances of your own ticket winning.
The frequency with which a lottery player plays determines his or her choice of lottery numbers. Most players only play for a few draws each year, but the frequency that each draw is played will greatly influence the probability of winning a prize. Infrequent players may decide to skip the most recent draws in order to increase their odds of winning. However, statistics can help you decide when it’s time to play more often.