August 29, 2011 AT 3:43 pm

Being good at math could be like winning the lottery 4 times…

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Woman who won lottery 4 times is a Stanford University statistics PhD @ Mail Online.

She was called the luckiest woman in the world.

But now that luck is being called into question by some who think that winning the lottery four times is more than just a coincidental spell of good fortune.

First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2million, then two years later $3million and in the summer of 2010, she hit a $10million jackpot.

The odds of this has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years.

The Texas Lottery Commission [said] that [she]… must have been ‘born under a lucky star’, and that they don’t suspect foul play.

Mr Rich details the myriad ways in which [she] could have gamed the system – including the fact that she may have figured out the algorithm that determines where a winner is placed in each run of scratch-off tickets.

That’s not “gaming” that is using science!

This is an interesting story, if it was straight up statistics this could be a good campaign and a way to encourage anyone to pursue mathematics.

Being good at math is like winning the lottery, 4 times!

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3 Comments

  1. Kind of reminds me of Michael Larson, who figured out the “random” pattern of the 80′s game show “Press Your Luck”.. He used science and a VCR to “game” the system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Larson

  2. Silly me. I used to call gambling a tax on people who’re bad at math.

  3. All most people want from the lottery is a chance to get out of a dead-end job and into a life of their choosing. Studying math gets you that most of the time, without ever playing the lottery.

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