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Couple that won lottery twice win again
Lucky Wisconsin pair claims four (yes, four) $350,000 jackpots
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updated 2:23 p.m. ET, Fri., Aug. 22, 2008

MADISON, Wis. — A woman and her husband, who claims he's developed a formula for lottery picks, have each claimed $350,000 jackpots.

Twice.

Verlyn and Judith Adamson claimed two $350,000 jackpots on Monday because each held a winning ticket in the state SuperCash drawing last Saturday. They didn't mention at the time that they also held two more of the winning tickets.

They claimed those jackpots Thursday. All four were purchased at different locations, but with the same numbers and for the same drawing. Their winnings now amount to $1.4 million, or about $955,000 after taxes.

The Adamsons left a voice message on their phone saying they wouldn't have any public comment and referring any questions to lawyer Scott Thompson.

Small winnings so far
Verlyn Adamson said earlier in the week that he's a big fan of math puzzles. He claims he developed a formula for lottery picks, but his winnings have been small until now.

Thompson said the Adamsons are "exploring patent protection" for the equation.

But Steven Post, a mathematics professor at Edgewood College in Madison, wasn't buying it. He said there is no way to devise a strategy for finding the winning numbers in a game that uses randomly generated numbers to determine the winning combination.

The only strategy would be to "buy all the tickets," he said.
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First of all what are the odds for something like this to happen? I still don't believe that they have a "system" either
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I agree with the math professor. You cannot develop a system to beat random drawings.

What you can do is consistently play.

My understanding is both of the couple didn't know the other was buying that day so they each bought the day's numbers. If they had a "system" even if it only was a system in their heads, they would both pick the same numbers. LUCK provided the double up.

My dad always played the same set of numbers, based on his WW2 dates, wedding and my birthdate. Over time he won over $3K on that numerical sequence, all on $4 a week for 10 years.

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I agree with the math professor. You cannot develop a system to beat random drawings.

What you can do is consistently play.

My understanding is both of the couple didn't know the other was buying that day so they each bought the day's numbers. If they had a "system" even if it only was a system in their heads, they would both pick the same numbers. LUCK provided the double up.

My dad always played the same set of numbers, based on his WW2 dates, wedding and my birthdate. Over time he won over $3K on that numerical sequence, all on $4 a week for 10 years.

So over 10 years he broke even, he was lucky......
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I wish they'd just abolish lotteries in favor of a simple tax on the poor and stupid. It would be far more efficient. Then, once a month, pick some poor sap family at random and give them a new house and a tax exemption.
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First of all what are the odds for something like this to happen? I still don't believe that they have a "system" either
I thought that you meant that you were beating off on odd days.
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So over 10 years he broke even, he was lucky......
Actually he came out about 50% ahead. He spend about $200 a year on tickets for 10 years and I think he made about $3300 by the time he had his stroke [two winning tickets in his wallet].

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