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'Lucky' woman who won lottery four times outed as Stanford University statistics PhD [Millions]
Daily Mail ^ | 08/07/11 | RACHEL QUIGLEY

Posted on 08/07/2011 7:30:35 PM PDT by BunnySlippers

First, she won \$5.4 million, then a decade later, she won \$2 million, then two years later \$3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a \$10 million jackpot.

The odds of this has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years.

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A professor at the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, told Mr Rich: 'When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest ‘em first and ask questions later.'

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1 posted on 08/07/2011 7:30:38 PM PDT by BunnySlippers

To: BunnySlippers

It’s nice to hear there’s a competent professor somewhere out there.

2 posted on 08/07/2011 7:32:41 PM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He hate me)

To: BunnySlippers

If she won, she won. What’s the beef?

3 posted on 08/07/2011 7:33:20 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)

To: Avery Iota Kracker
The math prof in question.

4 posted on 08/07/2011 7:33:36 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)

To: xzins

I don’t think there’s a beef. It’s a “hey looky here” kinda thing.

5 posted on 08/07/2011 7:36:01 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)

The obvious question is;

What series of formulas was she using ?

6 posted on 08/07/2011 7:36:28 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)

To: BunnySlippers
The lottery is for the mathematically impaired, but when jackpots get high enough, playing the lottery is a mathematically reasonable risk/benefit proposition.

The trick is to only play when the jackpots get high.

7 posted on 08/07/2011 7:36:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)

To: BunnySlippers
"A professor at the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, told Mr Rich: 'When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest ‘em first and ask questions later."

A casino doesn't have arrest powers, they can only ask a person to leave. One wonders what the professor actually does for a living that he doesn't know that.

8 posted on 08/07/2011 7:37:05 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)

To: BunnySlippers

I’ve been telling ya that there is a method!

9 posted on 08/07/2011 7:37:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)

To: Durus

You are right. The casinos ban them big time. But not arrest as there is no [apparent] crime.

10 posted on 08/07/2011 7:38:52 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)

To: BunnySlippers
Mr Rich proceeds to detail the myriad ways in which Ms Ginther could have gamed the system - including the fact that she may have figured out the algorithm that determines where a winner is placed in each run of scratch-off tickets.

Mr Rich sounds like sour grapes. I highly doubt the delivered the winning tickets so many times to the same market.

11 posted on 08/07/2011 7:39:15 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)

To: pyx

my guess would be she looked for patterns that showed when they weren’t remixing the balls after a drawing. I can’t think of anything that would help prediction other than some failure to achieve pure randomness prior to a drawing.

Do the drawing. Turn the machine off. Do the drawing turn the machine off.

Of course, she could also be proof that insiders can fix the lottery.

12 posted on 08/07/2011 7:39:43 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)

To: BunnySlippers
According to Forbes, the residents of Bishop, Texas, seem to believe God was behind it all.

No more questions.

13 posted on 08/07/2011 7:40:02 PM PDT by Misterioso (The worst law is better than bureaucratic tyranny. (Ludwig von Mises)

To: BunnySlippers

14 posted on 08/07/2011 7:40:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)

To: BunnySlippers

This happened quite some time ago back in canada where I’m from. The BC lottery corporation were suspicious how a guy kept winning the Keno and Daily 3 PLUS the BC/49. He turned out to be a statistics major and they paid him a lot of money to shut up about the “equation”.

15 posted on 08/07/2011 7:40:39 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)

To: xzins

... and the theory at the link. =:o)

16 posted on 08/07/2011 7:41:22 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)

To: xzins

Three of the wins were from scratch-offs.

17 posted on 08/07/2011 7:43:15 PM PDT by 1066AD

To: Revolting cat!

There IS a method, supposedly. Like my previous post, one guy in my backwoods of canada kept winning. There are books even in the library that teaches the “wheels” method of even getting close to 5 numbers of 6 in a 49 number combination. That’s what my cousin did, which is keep recording the numbers every week, then run the “equation” (even in MS Excel) and you are bound to hit even 4 of 6.

18 posted on 08/07/2011 7:44:12 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)

To: BunnySlippers
... and the theory at the link. =:o)

I probably should read the articles every now and then, huh? :>)

My next guess at here quadrillion year luck is that she actually started scratching tickets in an earlier life some 2 quadrillion years ago.

Is that better? LOL.

19 posted on 08/07/2011 7:46:05 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)

To: BunnySlippers

If she had won picking numbers I would say that her degree in statistics had something to do with it. But since she won scratch off cards, it is just dumb luck. BTW, how many thousands of cards has she bought?

20 posted on 08/07/2011 7:46:35 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)