# Boards

## The odds for 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 coming up in the lottery

aren't the same as the odds for a bunch of random numbers. Don't care what you say. Fuck off.

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aren't the same as the odds for a bunch of random numbers. Don't care what you say. Fuck off.

## agreed

## Thanks

## I agree

Especially as they only pull out 6 numbers.

## 6 + bonus ball

Better luck next time

## I wouldn't get cocky in this position

Either you are being deliberately stupid for comic effect, in which case you don't need to be a smart arse. Or else you are genuinely special, in which case you are only making this worse for yourself.

## "Especially as they only pull out 6 numbers."

You were wrong. You're a mong.

## ah yes it is 7 numbers

I retract my ":DDDDD"

## There are millions of children with better maths skills than you.

## I'm genuinely confused now

where have the bad maths skills come into it?

## I NEED ANSWERS

My brain hurts :'(

## seriously, what?

## There are threventy million of children who cant understand numbers

## :DDDDD

## Part of my dissertation was on this

More generally, the difference between believing something and accepting it. Don't worry, you're not stupid.

## But we've invented the idea of incrementing numbers and gsjg;.sgsglkrgtrgg

## Oh yes they are

However the chances of the numbers being picked in the exact order of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 are much less than the numbers 1-7 being picked in any order...hope that helps(!)

## the odds of a sequential sequence < the odds of a non-sequential set

but on a one to one combination basis, the probability is equal.

## wasnt there some european lottery last year where the same numbers came up two weeks in a row

they looked into and found no evidence of it being fixed, weird, imagine the winner from the previous week hadn't stopped playing the same numbers each week

## Ha! But why would the assumption be that it's a fix?!

Did someone have a quid on the same set of numbers coming up twice in a row or something? He'd have earned a tidy sum there. Anyone care to work out the odds of that?

## loads of people picked the same numbers as the previous week

so the winning amounts were vastly reduced in comparison to usual. still quite tidy though, i'm sure

## Wow, that's a nice jump of logic from the people who picked those numbers!

That's a pretty good story.

## A simple thought experiment:

Imagine that lottery numbers were replaced with colours. 1 becomes red, 2 becomes blue, 3 becomes magenta, 4 becomes tangerine etc etc...

Would you still be inclined to say that the probability of red, blue, magenta, tangerine... coming up is less likely than any other combination of colours?

## I was with you up until "3 becomes",

but couldn't concentrate on the rest of the example because I was too busy wondering what kind of person chooses magenta and tangerine as A N Other colours before they've exhausted the following options: yellow, green, orange, pink, purple, brown, black, white, grey, and possibly even turquoise? ;-)

## someone eating a tangerine while replacing the ink cartridges in their computer printer

naturally

## yes the odds are the same for 1,2,3,4,5,6

as they are for 3, 7, 21, 33, 42, 46.........or for any other defined set of numbers.

## yes

but you'll win less if you choose these numbers because there are loads of chumps who select 1-7 as their lottery numbers.