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# Glitch in the Lottery?

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Charlotte
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I posted this in the mathematical section as well.  I wanted to post it here to make sure no one missed it.

Following is a mathematical glitch.  Depending on how you tell it, it could come out right, but told this way, it's absolutely wrong.  Could there be glitches like this in the lotter?

Three men go into a hotel to get a room. The manager tells them it will be \$10.00 each for the room for 1 night. The guys pay the charge and head up to the room. The manager then calls the bellboy. He tells the bellboy he overcharged the men and hands him \$5.00 to return to the 3 men. On his way up to the room, the bellboy realizes that 3 men cannot split \$5.00 3 ways, so he decides to keep \$2.00 for himself and gives each of the men \$1.00 a piece.

This means each of the men paid \$9.00 for the night. There are 3 men and 3 X \$9.00=\$27.00. The bellboy kept \$2.00 for himself. \$27.00 + \$2.00 = \$29.00. Where is the other \$1.00??

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30-5=25+3=28+2=30

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9x3=27+2=29.  Where's the buck?

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Quote: Originally posted by enterceptorr on October 25, 2004

30-5=25+3=28+2=30

Enterceptorr - you're out of context again.  The equation should come out the same both ways.  It's a mathematical glitch.

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no its not

Charlotte
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Quote: Originally posted by enterceptorr on October 25, 2004

no its not

Prove it.

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Quote: Originally posted by OpenMinded on October 25, 2004

Following is a mathematical glitch.  Depending on how you tell it, it could come out right, but told this way, it's absolutely wrong.  Could there be glitches like this in the lottery?

I'm sure there are many of us who don't have the best understanding of the lottery games we play. What kind of glitches are you suggesting might commonly exist in the way we look at the lotteries? Or do you contend that things really don't add up in the way that lotteries are run?

Good luck,

aye'

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Quote: Originally posted by OpenMinded on October 25, 2004

Following is a mathematical glitch.  Depending on how you tell it, it could come out right, but told this way, it's absolutely wrong.  Could there be glitches like this in the lotter?

There is a similar glitch when players look at pass hits and say certain numbers or combinations are overdue.  They assume there is some rule that all the numbers  and small groups of numbers in a lottery must appear an equally amount of times in a short period of time even if history tell them better.  Similarly the story teller continues to base his expectations on the notion that each man owed (\$30/3) \$10 rather than (\$25/3) \$8.33 for their room when he knows that they paid \$5/3 or \$1.67 too much and when the bell boy returns \$1 to each man rather than \$1.67, he reduces what they paid to \$9 ea. which is still 67¢ too much which leaves 3 x 67¢ or \$2 for the bell boy.

RJOh

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 Posted: October 25, 2004, 9:23 pm - IP Logged

nope if he charged them 10 dollars for the room and then realized he made a mistake and overcharged them 5 dollars then each person should have paid  8.33 for the room. the penny was rounded off. the kid gave each guy a buck and kept the other 2

hey rojo ya beat me to it

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 Posted: October 25, 2004, 10:12 pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by RJOh on October 25, 2004

There is a similar glitch when players look at pass hits and say certain numbers or combinations are overdue.  They assume there is some rule that all the numbers  and small groups of numbers in a lottery must appear an equally amount of times in a short period of time even if history tell them better.

RJOh

That's basically the misapplication of the law of large numbers to small numbers. As I said, that sort of thing is merely our own failure to understand the games and how they play out. It seems that OpenMinded might be thinking of some inherent "glitch in the lottery" itself: some irregularity or flaw that can't so easily be explained away. Maybe I missed his point. Maybe he'll clarify that.

aye'

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