|Posted: January 23, 2016, 6:41 pm - IP Logged|
On the subject of manipulated drawings, Kansas uses computers to draw their 3-ball numbers.
I remember 509 winning three consecutive drawings in Kansas in December 2005.
Too bad that isn't my birthday.
The odds of that (three identical draws in a row) are in 1 million, despite a Youtube video where someone incorrectly calculates the odds and breathlessly compares it to the odds of winning at Powerball. Just goes to show the depth of misunderstanding of probabilities.
Which were similar to the odds that you would win $50k in Powerball, something people spend a lot of money on trying to win prizes that are even more improbable to win.
BTW, there are currently about 70 Pick-3 drawings a day in the US, so the expecation would be that happening once every 25 years in the US.
Of course unusual things happen all the time, we would be equally amazed if the three drawings had been 123 321 123 or 123 456 789 or any of thousands of other odd sets of numbers. So really the expectation should be that some interesting combinations should occur quite regularly even if individually they each are 1 in a million long shots.
The three drawings that following those 509's were (later to earlier):
What are the odds that those three exactly numbers would show up in that order? Exactly the same as three 509's in a row.