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Complete Powerball Matrices

Lets say you wanted to play 6 numbers into the 5 number panel on the Powerball play ticket. They are 11, 12, 14, 16, 30 and 45. Our goal is to combine the six Matrix numbers into all the combinations available to play five numbers in a game. We would then play the same Powerball number in each game. See the Matrixes. The first matrix lists the six numbers at the top and every combination below. In this case, we simply replaced the numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) with (11, 12, 14, 16, 30 and 45) in the Complete Game Matrix template. By the way, this matrix is available at no charge on the Strategy tab on the home page. In this way, we arrived with a filled in matrix with all possible combinations. In the General Strategy, we would play all these combinations with the same Powerball number. Since this Matrix listed every possible five number combination out of six numbers we call it a Complete Game Matrix

But what if when we completed the General Strategy Dream Form and had 7 numbers listed as Matrix Numbers and one Powerball number. How many combinations would you have to account for? That is, how many five number combinations would it take to cover all possibilities using seven numbers? The results shown in the Matrix labeled “Every possible five number combination using seven numbers” As you can see, when we combined the sixth and the seventh number with the first five we ended up with 21 combinations. We would then play all 21 of these games with the same Powerball number. If we wanted to combine eight numbers into five number combinations we would have to play 56 games.

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Can you see where I am going with this? What about nine or ten numbers? The chart to the right lists every combination for many possible number combinations. If you wanted to play nine numbers and wanted to play every combination you would have to play 126 combinations. If you wanted to play 15 numbers and wanted to play every combination you would have to play 3,003 combinations. That is, at one dollar per ticket, you would have to spend $3,003 to play all the combinations. As you can see, playing complete powerball matrices gets really expensive quickly. The General Strategy says, since we cannot afford to play every combination of numbers, play those that have the best chance of winning secondary prizes if we don’t hit the jackpot. This is the reason Partial Powerball Matrices are important. See the next section

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