Factorials, Fortunes and Fallacies

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“How to win the Lottery (or at least not lose by much)...”

His lecture examines the mathematics behind the lottery – probability theory – and exposes several popular fallacies about it. For example: do you improve your chances of winning by sticking to the same numbers every week, or by swapping? Are your chances improved by avoiding last week’s numbers? Does a random-looking sequence like 4,19,25,27,42,46 have a better chance than a patterned one like 1,2,3,4,5,6?

It also examines strategies and systems for maximizing winnings. What sequence you bet on, and when you bet, do make a difference...

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This event was on Wed, 25 Oct 1995

Professor Ian Stewart

Professor Ian Stewart FRS

Professor of Geometry

Ian Stewart read Mathematics at Churchill College, Cambridge before completing his doctorate at the University of Warwick where he is now a Professor of Maths...

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