Nebraska Lottery, odds of 1 in a million?

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In summary, the Nebraska Pick 3 lottery drew the same numbers twice in a row, with a one in a million chance of such an occurrence. However, if the numbers were not specified in advance, the chances of a successive draw using any numbers would be 1 in 1000. With an average of 313 draws per year, the expected number of times a drawing repeats the previous one is 0.313, making the chance of it happening in a given decade 95.6%.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28802581/

Headline says: "Neb lottery draws same numbers twice in a row. The odds of such an occurance? One is a million.

To begin with it was not the lottery, it was the pick 3, the number being 196. One in a million?
 
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If you have a 3-digit number to guess, you have one chance in a thousand of nailing it. What are the chances that you will be successful on a successive draw using ANY numbers (not just the same numbers)?
 
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Clearly they are using base 100.
 
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robert Ihnot said:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28802581/

Headline says: "Neb lottery draws same numbers twice in a row. The odds of such an occurance? One is a million.

To begin with it was not the lottery, it was the pick 3, the number being 196. One in a million?

Heh. The three people who won that whopping $600 must be feeling a little short changed. After all, it was a one-in-a-million event, right? :smile: We live in a magical world.
 
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1 in a million if specified in advance of the two drawings; the usual 1 in 1000 after the first pick since they're independent
 
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There are six draws a week: Nebraska Pick 3, and thus 312 to 314 drawings per year (average 313.04..., call it 313). The expected number of times in a given year that a drawing repeats the previous one is 0.313. The chance that it happens in a given decade is 1 - .999^3130 = 95.6...%.
 

Related to Nebraska Lottery, odds of 1 in a million?

1. What is the Nebraska Lottery?

The Nebraska Lottery is a state-run lottery that offers various games of chance, such as scratch-off tickets and draw games, to players in the state of Nebraska. It was created in 1993 and has since generated millions of dollars in revenue for the state's education and environmental preservation programs.

2. What are the odds of winning the Nebraska Lottery?

The odds of winning the Nebraska Lottery vary depending on the specific game being played. However, as an example, the odds of winning the top prize in the Nebraska Pick 5 game are 1 in 376,992. For scratch-off tickets, the odds can range from 1 in 3 to 1 in 4 million, depending on the ticket price and top prize amount.

3. What is the overall chance of winning the Nebraska Lottery?

The overall chance of winning the Nebraska Lottery is difficult to determine as it depends on the number of tickets sold and the specific game being played. However, as an example, the overall chance of winning any prize in the Nebraska Pick 5 game is 1 in 8.8. For scratch-off tickets, the overall chance of winning any prize can range from 1 in 2.9 to 1 in 3.5.

4. How are the odds of winning the Nebraska Lottery determined?

The odds of winning the Nebraska Lottery are determined by the number of possible winning combinations compared to the total number of combinations. For example, in the Nebraska Pick 5 game, players must select 5 numbers from a pool of 1-38. The odds of matching all 5 numbers are 1 in 376,992, as there are 376,992 possible combinations of 5 numbers from a pool of 38.

5. Can you increase your chances of winning the Nebraska Lottery?

There is no guaranteed way to increase your chances of winning the Nebraska Lottery. However, some people may choose to play multiple tickets or choose numbers based on strategies or superstitions. Ultimately, the odds of winning the lottery remain the same regardless of how many tickets are purchased or what numbers are chosen.

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