So in a previous post, I used ChatGPT to write a lottery number simulator/chooser. It is set to a low number of iterations now, but when I ran it through to actually choose the numbers I was going to play, I let it iterate 30 million times per choice. So the number frequencies were in the 70,000 – 72,000 range per number. The top 5 “regular” number because the 5 “regular” ball and the 6th number became the “mega” ball.
So, these are the numbers that came out of the process.
So, with my numbers in hand I went to a local grocery that sells lottery tickets and used the provided form and pen, which was chained to the desk, to fill in all of the little circles. My plan was $20 on my numbers and $20 on the numbers generated by the lottery machine’s software.
So without further ado, here are the winning numbers from the $1.4Bn jackpot drawing on Friday the 13th of January, 2023.
When I was filling in the circles I thought two things were curious:
- There were a lot of sequential numbers, If I were choosing “random” numbers off of the top of my head, I would not do that. But the winning numbers had 45 and 46, not to mention the 43 in there as well
- In the MegaBall position there were (3) eights and (2) fourteens. Which is interesting because the winning MegaBall was actually a 14!
As far as the $20 head to head challenge goes:
My numbers won $4 with the (2) fourteens in the MegaBall position and match (2) other spots total, not in the same row.
The lottery machine number generator won $4 with (2) fourteens in the MegaBall position and matched (4) other number spots, not in the same row.
So, a tie, monetarily speaking.
It was a fun project to get into the programming codex of GPT AI. I may use it again if the jackpot gets big enough and try a round 2. The results were about what I expected. There are so many number combinations that can occur that I think I would need to process each pick in the trillions of iterations, and even then, I doubt the results would vary much.
So, someone in Maine (who is still unknown as I write this) has won the jackpot. I wonder what they used to choose their numbers.