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**balste** Forgive me if I've chosen the wrong forum, but I have absolutely no background in mathematics to even realize where my question fits.

I'll bravely ask anyway.

You have 10 groups of numbers:

Group 01: { 91, 72, 59, 57, 54, 48, 35, 32, 22, 21 }

Group 02: { 91, 76, 73, 51, 40, 39, 35, 32, 30, 23 }

Group 03: { 113, 103, 49, 46, 39, 36, 35, 33, 31, 28 }

Group 04: { 97, 73, 71, 59, 59, 59, 57, 51, 40, 40 }

Group 05: { 59, 59, 42, 39, 36, 34, 22, 21, 21, 20 }

Group 06: { 73, 42, 41, 36, 36, 31, 30, 28, 27, 21 }

Group 07: { 86, 71, 65, 59, 57, 57, 52, 45, 42, 36 }

Group 08: { 78, 63, 48, 46, 46, 37, 35, 29, 26, 25 }

Group 09: { 82, 82, 59, 53, 51, 43, 37, 32, 28, 27 }

Group 10: { 74, 73, 72, 40, 32, 32, 28, 23, 22, 21 }

The task is that by random order, 10 people will begin picking a number, until all the numbers have been pick. Each person can only pick one number from each group. After all the numbers have been selected, the person with the highest sum of his or her numbers is the winner. Without thinging, most people will start picking the highest number available from a group that they have not yet selected from. My question is, is there some kind of formula I can come up with to get an advantage? And how does this formula change as numbers are selected ? How much more valuable is that 73 in Group 6 compared to that 73 in Group 4?

Does anyone have any ideas that may help give me an advantage in a game such as this?

Thanks in advance.