|Posted: December 24, 2015, 8:52 pm - IP Logged|
People that complain the "lottery is rigged" simply do not have a grasp of the odds of these jackpot games. Add to that, most sales for each draw is a small percentage of the number of combinations in any particular game.
I had to laugh at Dawn Nettles earlier this year because the Texas Lotto had a big run without a winner, and every week she would comment how very, very sad it was that no one was winning the jackpot. Well, they only sold 6% or so of the 25,827,165 possible combinations. I'm surprised when there IS a winner.
So true, rc. With odds of 1:25,827,165, if someone purchases 25,827,164 different tickets for a drawing they could still lose. Also, if someone purchases just 1 ticket for a drawing, they can win. Is that a rigged lottery? No, just luck of the draw.
Have someone put 100 ping pong balls in a sack numbered 1 to 100, pull out six without looking, and have them guess (without seeing the drawn numbers) what numbers they drew. Repeating this process, one should quickly realize how difficult it is to predict 6 out of 100 numbers, let alone 6 of 25,827,165. It's not rigging, it is odds.
I'm feeling a jackpot win coming my way!