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How can you win a Lotto Max

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发表于 2018-5-10 11:00 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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To learn math, especially to learn statistics. If you do not believe me, please read about Joan, the lottery legend. Joan Ginther shocked the lottery world by winning millions four times. 1 v, B4 [4 S  q  @

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3 A5 Q* I2 d* I4 [( AFor years, people who dream of beating the lottery have puzzled over the amazing case of Joan Ginther, who made headlines around the world by scratching off “10MILL” on a $50 instant ticket in June 2010 to win her fourth multimillion-dollar prize.
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7 }+ J- i( e! ~6 k8 v. {* q2 _Skeptics wondered if she cheated or had an ingenious system for pinpointing winners. After all, Ginther received a Ph.D. from Stanford and has lived for years in Las Vegas. News reports at the time, citing mathematicians, fueled the fire: They put Ginther's chances of four such wins at 1 in 18 septillion. Remarkably, all four of her winners were purchased in or near her tiny hometown of Bishop, Texas.$ z8 n& M1 m. `/ b( V
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The mystery has only deepened since then because Ginther, now 67, has steadfastly refused to grant interviews, and the Texas Lottery has never investigated, insisting they never even asked Ginther how she won.! A: W8 x: p/ l' v. Y3 ?1 L2 B% A- |
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Finally, answers have been found.2 O& L* Y& ~) E$ o: ?9 h( k2 t

3 j8 K5 J6 P& {* ]2 yA series of discoveries based on painstaking analysis by Philly.com of newly obtained Texas Lottery records, with the help of experts, has led to a surprising conclusion: Basic gambling principles -- like card counting in blackjack, money management in poker, and timing in progressive slots -- may have inspired Joan Ginther to buy a flabbergasting number of $20 to $50 tickets, perhaps 80,000 worth $2.5 million or more.
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 楼主| 发表于 2018-5-10 11:02 | 显示全部楼层
'Lucky' woman who won lottery four times outed as Stanford University statistics PhD
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She was called the luckiest woman in the world.
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! F- H: c+ a( Z, N7 {5 gBut now that luck is being called into question by some who think that winning the lottery four times is more than just a coincidental spell of good fortune.
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; _" |! ~; O, a+ m' i3 h% C1 ^Joan R. Ginther, 63, from Texas, won multiple million dollar payouts each time.& m& G* \  r! @' X$ z  e

6 @3 l7 y8 z: n) H' cFirst, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2million, then two years later $3million and in the summer of 2010, she hit a $10million jackpot./ m3 f7 [  A( v+ }( R3 W* w
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The odds of this has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years.( F) E% O. q0 n! p
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Harper's reporter Nathanial Rich recently wrote an article about Ms Ginther, which calls the the validity of her 'luck' into question.0 l8 X% y& ~) `0 r) h/ L
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First, he points out, Ms Ginther is a former math professor with a PhD from Stanford University specialising in statistics." r4 k4 _1 C/ U  u  [, i8 v
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A professor at the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, told Mr Rich: 'When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest ‘em first and ask questions later.'
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 楼主| 发表于 2018-5-10 11:02 | 显示全部楼层
Although Ms Ginther now lives in Las Vegas, she won all four of her lotteries in Texas.% ]$ A  I) I4 O

- z) g* x" p6 h" RThree of her wins, all in two-year intervals, were by scratch-off tickets bought at the same mini mart in the town of Bishop.: r3 A3 G/ s7 N! T1 o
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Mr Rich details 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.
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He believes that after Ms Ginther figured out the algorithm, it wouldn’t be difficult to determine where the tickets would be shipped, as the shipping schedule is apparently fixed, and there were a few sources she could have found it out from. 1 D0 b" T) `) n, [7 a- ?

' B' L2 e/ ?7 j+ T+ p% ^- QAccording to Forbes, the residents of Bishop, Texas, seem to believe God was behind it all.. B1 I% {# ~0 d5 P

% C3 R/ {9 K, l, G4 ?4 j! jThe Texas Lottery Commission told Mr Rich that Ms Ginther must have been 'born under a lucky star', and that they don’t suspect foul play.
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发表于 2018-5-11 03:22 | 显示全部楼层
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