Help me beat the odds.
August 12, 2011 3:22 PM Subscribe
How do you improve your odds of winning at a drawing with multiple prizes?
posted by trogdole to Work & Money (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
There's a prize drawing at work. There are six prizes, all employees have multiple tickets, depending on OT hours worked during July. So I have 13 tickets. I like three of the prizes (iPad 2, NYC Broadway trip, or 1000$), and I would like to know the numbers/odds of increasing my chances of winning. I don't care that much, but I was curious.
Keep in mind that everyone has completely different amounts of tickets, and 13 could be a pretty low number in comparison.
I don't actually know if I can win more than one prize, lets go with the assumption if I'm drawn more than once I have to choose between prizes.
Should I put all 13 in my favorite? Split them up? Try to guess which has the least people gunning for it?