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DiannaFan

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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:20:25 PM

Is there any limit to the number of tickets you can have in one drawing? If I went 2 years without redeeming any tickets and I accumulated 500,000 points, could I get 500 tickets in one drawing?

Just curious.
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Don
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:59:49 PM

Multiple entries are allowed providing a user has an adequate GasBuddy points balance.

You're only limited to the number of tickets that your available points balance can "afford".

If you have 500,000 points in your available point balance, you can submit 500 tickets into the contest draw.

For full contest terms and conditions see this page

-Don
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:32:48 AM

I don't know..
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 5:02:31 PM

<<"If I went 2 years without redeeming any tickets and I accumulated 500,000 points, could I get 500 tickets in one drawing?">>

Simple answer, is that if you have 500,000 unspent points you could "buy" 500 tickets for one drawing.

I think this topic is done...unless we want to continue to speculate on the odds of the drawings that change w/ each draw depending on how many folks bank their points and buy in bulk periodically and how close it is to the chance of getting hit by lightning.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 3:05:24 PM

It's kid of like putting all your eggs in one basket.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 3:03:09 PM

If you hold all the tickets you bought in one hand and raise your arm, you will have a better chance of being struck by lightning (if that's what you're really after).

Once I shot all my tickets for over two years in one drawing and didn't win. But then I wasn't struck by lightning either. So it was a total bust. :-)
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:30:54 AM

The Weather Channel is run for entertainment of the general populace. I would not trust it to provide accurate scientific information.

“The chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 5000.” This is a totally meaningless statement since it does not include any time period. It also fails to indicate what region of the country or what activities this person engages in. Probably an overall average is indicated but such a number would have little relevance for an individual person.

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bytebug
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 8:01:49 AM

Someone should tell The Weather Channel, as that's where I got my numbers.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 7:16:41 AM

>> The chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 5000.

Actually, the chance of being struck by lightning in a given week (same timeframe as the GB gas card drawings) is approximately 1 in 40 million.

According to the National Weather Service, the chance of being struck by lightning in a year is 1 in 775,000 and in your entire lifetime is about 1 in 10,000.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 3:37:35 AM

>> bb is correct except for the part about lightning

The chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 5000. Previous discussions have indicated the number of tickets each week is substantial enough that you'd have a better chance of being struck by lightning.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 3:14:27 AM


Oh, and bb is correct except for the part about lightning. Buying one ticket in each of 500 drawings or ten tickets in each of 50 drawings or 500 tickets in a single drawing all have the same odds of winning as long as the total number of tickets in each drawing is the same.
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 3:07:46 AM

Sorry GGG but your math is all wet. If you buy ten tickets you have precisely ten times the probability of winning as if you buy one ticket. If you buy 1000 tickets your probability of winning increases by 1000x.

Now if there are a billion tickets in the lottery then your probability of winning is a billion to one. If you have 1000 tickets it is now a million to one, which is still pretty slim odds.

I do not have any current figures but a few years ago a typical drawing on GB had about 30,000 tickets, so your odds are one in 30,000 for one ticket. If you hold 1000 tickets your odds are now one in 30, a substantial improvement but far from a sure thing.

And finally, to repeat for the record, FACT:
There is no limit on ticket purchases aside from the number of available points that you hold.

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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 1:52:37 AM


There's probably no system-imposed limit on how many tickets you can obtain (limted only by your available points at the time) but maybe someone who has accumulated a million or more points and has not used them on tickets can check that.

Having one, or a thousand tickets doesn't really affect your odds of winning when there are potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of other tickets entered in the same drawing. To bump the odds you would need to have enough tickets in the game to equal a substantial percentage of the total number of tickets entered. How many tickets are entered in a typical weekly drawing was discussed here awhile back if you want to search for it.

This question reminds me of people who buy a thousand lottery tickets when the pot grows large due to no winner in previous drawings. They don't understand that one ticket has, realistically, the same odds of winning as their thousand tickets.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 5:20:36 AM

Even if you do, the odds of winning in one drawing are not better than the odds of winning one of 500 drawings. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning.

[Edited by: bytebug at 4/4/2013 5:22:12 AM EST]
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2013 12:22:16 AM


There is no limit on ticket purchases aside from the number of available points that you hold. If GB offered gas cards from a company that sells ethanol-free gas in this area, I would buy a great pile of tickets. I don’t want contaminated gas even if it is free.
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