|Posted: October 20, 2010, 4:09 pm - IP Logged|
and the odds of any previous combination been drawn again is the same as any other combo being drawn; 265 million to 1.
You dropped the decimal point, so it's 2.65, not 265, but that's still for any one specific drawing to match another specific drawing. I don't know whether this game has drawings one a week or twice a week, but since that set of numbers was first drawn there would have been at least 4 drawings, so the chances of those numbers coming up again would be 4 in 2.65 million, or 1 in 662,500. Further, the last drawing could also have matched either of the 2 previos drawings, so that makes 6 chances in 2.65 million, or 1 in 441,667 to have matched a drawing from the previous month
Of course any one drawing could have matched any other drawing any time since the lottery started, so there have been many more chances for a repeat in a similar time frame. Apparently, the "experts" that are found by reporters covering lottery stories never actually understand reality, and only understand how to square the basic odds of the game.