WoD – A Lottery Conundrum

When playing Mega Millions or Powerball, why is it that a lottery ticket with numbers 4 12 23 28 35 38 is for most people much preferred to one with the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6?  Similarly, we would never dream of using last week’s winning numbers (how un-original!) but, of course, they also have the same probability of winning the week thereafter.  After all, all 40 numbers are equally likely in any drawing.  This seems to be another good example of our collective ineptitude with statistics and probability.  (And it also affords another great chance to use my favorite b-school expression, “umm, I was told there’d be no math…?”)



Ok, Agreed

Gepoyelt! It is settled then – we’re going to Boca instead of Lauderdale this winter.


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