The DC-5 lottery game is offered by DC Lottery and is played throughout the District of Columbia in the United States. It is a pretty cool game because it is played twice every day, with mid-day and evening draws, and is customizable in that you can choose to pay either 50 cents or one dollar. The payouts on the $1 game are twice as high as the payouts on the 50 cent game. However, this article will only analyze the odds and payouts info on the $1 game.
To play the DC-5 lottery game, you must choose 5 digits, from 0 to 9. So, for example, you could choose the numbers 00000, 00001, 00002, all the way up to number 99999. From that, you could see that there are exactly 100,000 different numbers that you could choose. That would make the odds of matching all 5 numbers exactly 1-in-100,000. If you match all 5, you win the game’s top prize payout of $50,000.
There are many other ways in which you could win money in the DC-5 lottery game. The following is a list of the rest of the odds for the smaller payouts:
- First 4 digits or last 4 digits in exact order wins $5,000; odds are 1-in-10,000, either way.
- First 3 digits or last 3 digits in exact order wins $500; odds are 1-in-1,000, either way.
- First 2 digits or last 2 digits in exact order wins $50; odds are 1-in-100, either way.
There are also five additional ways that you could win money with various boxed numbers, with prize payouts for boxed numbers ranging from $425 to $10,000.
As you can see, there are many different ways that you could win on DC-5 and your chances of winning are pretty good too.
If you are a Pick 3 lottery or Pick 4 lottery player, have you noticed how helpful your local State Lottery Official Websites have become by offering free information to help players find winning numbers? Some Official State Lottery sites are offering software capabilities to allow players find lucky lottery numbers to play. A recent web surfing adventure took me to the Official Delaware Lottery Website. This lottery website offers lottery players an ongoing updated frequency list of Pick 3 digits and Pick 4 digits that have been drawn. This frequency list is updated automatically after each drawing. The frequency filter based on the history of all drawn lottery numbers in each lottery game indicates to the players which of the ten digits – 0 to 9 – have been drawn the most times and the least times, and ranks all ten digits from most drawn to least drawn by actual number of drawings and the related percentages.
This frequency filter is used by Pick 3 systems and Pick 4 systems, particularly in software programs, to assist lottery players to produce the most effective list of potential numbers to play and win. By knowing that certain digits are drawn more than others lead to the belief that these more potent digits will increase one’s chances to win by playing these better performing digits. Mathematicians using the typical bell curve analysis suggest that in time all numbers, except in the case a technical bias created with a particular drawing system, should be drawn an equal amount of times. Generally, the overall number spread in random drawings is very small in the big picture of total draws. What is the real significance of the percentage of.003663 between the most drawn digit and the least drawn digit as in the case of the Delaware Play 3 game based on 186/50,778 drawings? It is similar to an 80 year old man saying to a 35 year old man, “In the history of mankind, we are about the same age.” The actual percentage by count is 10.1816% for the most drawn digit and 9.8153% for the least drawn digit.
Can a barely noticeable blip on the radar screen of positive numbers really make any real significance for the lottery player in choosing to play one digit over another? The Delaware Play 4 frequency chart wasn’t much different. It produced a.003246 difference between the most drawn digit and the least drawn digit out of a total number of 61,300 drawings. Based on this presented data found on the Official Delaware State Lottery website, are the resultant percentage differences of the digits significant enough to create a real choice for lottery players? Can frequency charts in general make any difference at all when using the total number of drawings from day one of the particular lottery game, either Pick 3 lottery or Pick 4 lottery, when the difference is reduced as low as three one thousandth of a percent of the total drawings?
Like looking for a needle in a haystack, splitting hairs as thin as these numbers suggest, choosing one digit over another, particularly in the middle range of the bell curve, makes it even more of an impossible task for even the most dedicated and committed lottery players who are willing to spend time in their research to find the next winning Pick 3 number or Pick 4 number to play.