Monthly Archives: January 2016

Odds on the Number of PowerBall Lottery Winners

There is a simple formula for the average number of lottery winners, and for the probability of various number of winners or the distribution of winners.  It of course depends on the ratio of the number of tickets bought N … Continue reading

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February Primaries’ Effects on Other State Primaries

From the viewpoint of the California voter, where we have the most delegates in both party’s primaries, and share the next to the last primary date, it is insulting that so much of the candidate’s time and money is being … Continue reading

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Postscript to Powerball Picks

Postscript to Lottery Picks After I posted my advice on choosing numbers for normal lotteries that lessened the chance of sharing the prize, I turned on my news and saw the Powerball winning numbers. My advice for the unique large … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Lottery

Topics on the Powerball Lottery I am torn between discussing: (1) how the odds are calculated; (2) how not to choose numbers; (3) how the lottery is a very regressive tax on poor people; (4) How its funding of education … Continue reading

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