A New York man won a $343 million Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers for 25 years - here's why that strategy won't actually increase your odds of winning

Posted On: Nov 15, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

A New York man won a $343 million Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers for 25 years - here's why that strategy won't actually increase your odds of winning

A Manhattan man won an October Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers every week for 25 years, according to The New York Times .
However, the rules of probability and the way lotteries like Powerball are set up mean that it doesn't matter if you use the same numbers in multiple drawings.
Lottery drawings like Powerball are explicitly designed so that drawings are independent of each other.
The New York Times reported that Manhattan resident Robert Bailey won an October Powerball drawing with a jackpot of $343.9 million after playing the same set of lottery numbers - 8, 12, 13, 19, 27, and 4 - every week for about 25 years.
However, while Bailey's numbers came up lucky, it statistically makes absolutely no difference if you play the same set of lottery numbers every week or choose a completely different set of numbers for every drawing.
The basic idea at work is statistical independence. Random events are statistically independent if the outcome of one doesn't affect the outcome of another. A basic...

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