|Posted: April 15, 2006, 10:31 am - IP Logged|
Hmm....suppose both the phone numbers are in the same area code and the first three digits after the area code are irrelevant. Once you received the first phone number, what are the odds of coincidentally receiving a second similar number form someone else...
There are 10,000 unique four digit ending sequences just like in the Pick 4 game (0000-9999). The odds of getting two phone numbers with the same ending digits in the same exact order is 1 in 10,000.
If all four digits are the same, but the order is not (1234 & 3124) then the odds are about 1 in 417.
If the number contained 1 repeating digit (1134) and the order was not the same (1134 & 3141) then the odds would be about 1 in 833.
If the numbers contained two sets of repeating digits (1122) but were not in the same order (1212 & 1122) then the odds are about 1 in 1,667.
Of course, there are a few other possibilities left, but your #'s probably fit into one of those scenarios.
...as for the quick pick, I see those machines do alot of strange things. I think many times the next number printed is based on the last one purchased. I bought 3 auto picks in Ohio for the mega millions and had them all on seperate tickets. When I got the three tickets there was a noticable pattern between the three.
~Probability=Odds in Motion~