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.

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(!)

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

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?

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?

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? ;-)

## 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.