Re: How to win the lottery

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon May 08 2000 - 18:52:55 MDT

Brian Atkins wrote:
> What I want to know is: if there are only 76 million combinations of
> numbers, and tickets cost only $1 each, and the jackpot is over $200
> million, why hasn't some group of people gotten together to buy all
> the possible combinations? Even if someone else wins too you are still
> gonna profit. Too much paperwork I guess?

My guess is that more than one person can win; ergo, everyone on the
planet buys tickets, 10 people win, and the payoff is only $20M per.

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

                 Member, Extropy Institute
           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute

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