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How Does Math Explain Unusual Events, Strange Combinations, and Coincidences in the Lottery
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Last updated on January 2, 2021 Some people will argue that winning the lottery involves pure luck and random chance. Others believe in listening to their dreams or consulting with a psychic. Some people trust in using the law of attraction to take home the jackpot. Each of these methods has one surprising thing in common; math. We are often told that success is a result of hard work and perseverance. So, to think that a simple visualization exercise or psychic reading can supersede an investment of time and the complexity of knowledge seems ridiculous. I’m not saying that visualization lacks the power to impact the lives of individuals positively. The point is that coincidences and unusual events do occur every day. And there is often a realistic and even mathematical explanation for the supposed improbabilities of our world. Let me explain them one by one. Winning a jackpot with the law of attraction In 2004, Cynthia Stafford decided to try an alternate method of acquiring the $112 million jackpot. She claims to have spent time meditating and using visualization to envision winning the lottery. Stafford focused on the imaginative experience of winning and, three years later, took home precisely the amount she had desired. In an extraordinary feat, Stafford appeared to use the law of attraction (or LOA) to win the lottery. News of Stafford’s accomplishment caught the attention of lottery gurus and authors across the country. Everyone wanted to win, but most felt like the magic numbers were just barely out of reach. For so many who heard the recent story, they think that the law of attraction provides a new approach to an old game. Or does it? Does the law of attraction work? Much to the dismay of lottery players worldwide, the law of attraction is an ineffective way to win. According to an online community that is devoted to guiding visitors towards transformation through the power of the law of attraction, manifesting a jackpot win is not impossible. They argue that if you haven’t yet won using this method, you either don’t want it badly enough, want it too severely, or unknowingly believe it will negatively impact your life. For LOA practitioner, the law of attraction is intended to focus on energy and open minds to the possibilities of what life can provide. It is a method of perceiving the world abundantly. While this visualization method might impact those wishing to enrich their lives, it is not a proven way of manipulating mathematical probabilities. But why do people believe in all these superstitious strategies? Availability bias is what convinces us based on accessible information that took place just recently. It is hearing about someone winning the lottery through the law of attraction and therefore believing that it is possible. Between this and confirmation bias, which encourages us to seek verification of our beliefs, it’s no wonder that many superstitious strategies are not only surfacing but also sticking. The higher volume of people who do all these superstitious methods, the more likely one will win, no matter how absurd the belief might be. Cynthia Stafford’s experience was a rare and improbable event. That said, coincidences do happen. David J. Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics and senior research investigator at Imperial College London, explains that even events with minuscule probability can undoubtedly occur. He described this unusual event as the Improbability Principle. Professor Hand writes: A set of mathematical laws that I call the Improbability Principle tells us that we should not be surprised by coincidences. In fact, we should expect coincidences to happen. One of the key strands of the principle is the law of truly large numbers. This law says that given enough opportunities, we should expect a specified event to happen, no matter how unlikely it may be at each opportunity. For example, if only 23 people were in a room, the probability of two sharing the same birthday is higher than fifty percent. It is, therefore, not unusual that even bizarre or unlikely events occur every day. In the lottery, a significant number of drawings occur regularly around the world, which means there are ample opportunities for rare events. Similarly, with so many supporters of the law of attraction dreaming about the lottery, it should not be surprising that one would eventually win. That doesn’t mean the law of attraction works. It’s the large number of opportunities that allow something to happen. In his article, Professor Hand cites several examples of unusual events that occurred in the lottery: On September 6, 2009, the Bulgarian lottery randomly selected the winning numbers and then, four days later, randomly selected the same set of numbers.On October 16, 2010, the same combination of numbers appeared that had previously been drawn a few weeks earlier.In 2007, The North Carolina Cash 5 lottery produced the same winning numbers on July 9th and 11th.In 1980, Maureen Wilcox bought winning numbers for both the Massachusetts State Lottery and the Rhode Island Lottery. Unfortunately, however, the combinations were on the incorrect tickets. The combination for the Massachusetts Lottery matched the winning numbers for the Rhode Island Lottery, and vice versa. When these incidences occur, many people conclude that the lottery is fixed or pre-determined. In reality, unusual events and coincidences are possible. The Improbability Principle proves that given truly abundant opportunities, seemingly impossible events can still happen. Stafford isn’t the only case. In part due to confirmation and availability bias, people worldwide have used unique methods of taking home the jackpot. Let’s take a look at some of the most unexpected wins in history. Using dreams to predict winning numbers In 2014, Terry Vigus had a vivid dream and scooped nearly £1.2m. Does dream work? Not at all. Millions of people play the lottery around the world on a daily basis. There are abundant opportunities for coincidences to happen. What happened to Vigus doesn’t mean the same thing will work for you. Dreams are personal and often serve as a reflection of your deepest desires. Although dreams develop in an unconscious state, they can represent many of your conscious aspirations. When someone is intently focused on fulfilling a goal during their waking hours, their minds are likely to continue that thread of consciousness while sleeping. There are stories about people having a vivid dream that they picked the winning numbers in the lottery. However, it is important to set aside biases and recognize that only a small number of those dreams become a reality. Psychic readings and tarot cards In 2007, Judy Mayer from Winnipeg, Canada, won $6.8 million using the numbers given by a fortune teller. After a tarot card reading, Katerina had written all but one of the winning numbers on the back of a business card. Mayer took it home and played those numbers for over a year before spontaneously deciding to change the last digit from 45 to 46. That small change was what handed her the win. Following Mayer’s win, fortune teller Katerina received a flood of requests for readings. Availability bias set in, and the masses began to believe in psychic readings as a strategy for winning the lottery. What they fail to realize is that the improbability principle will allow another tarot card combination to win. However, it will not be because a fortune teller predicted the numbers, but rather because with truly large opportunities, anything is possible. The number of people now believing the method to be tried and true only adds to the likelihood that a psychic consultant may be credited with another lottery win. The more predictions being made by fortune tellers, the more likely it is that the next winner will have spoken with one. Surprisingly, the credit will be given to the method rather than the underlying probability. Feng Shui In 2010, a man from Syndey, Australia, allegedly won a jackpot after applying elements of Feng Shui into his life. According to the ancient Chinese practice, gold coins represent wealth and money. When the man glued a gold coin to his doorstep, he created a variable version of the tradition. Other households keep gold coins at their doorsteps for various reasons, but this man believed it would win him the $1.2 million jackpot. False causality is when unrelated actions are perceived as being responsible for the outcome. In this case, placing a gold coin on the doorstep made no difference to winning the lottery. With millions of billions of people playing the lottery, it’s not surprising to see a story of someone winning the lottery using Feng Shui. The truth, Feng Shui has nothing to do with winning. The Improbability Principle takes effect. China is not one of the wealthiest countries in the world because they practice Feng Shui. Instead, they work hard and accumulate wealth by pursuing aspirational careers and maintaining a business mentality. With hundreds upon thousands of people all over the world practicing Feng Shui, it was bound to happen that one claimed the jackpot. However, for every winner, hundreds of thousands of disappointed lottery players use Feng Shui as a strategy. Pets Animals may seem clairvoyant, but most often, it is when they’re searching for food or anxious to get outside. If you assume that your pet knows the winning lottery numbers because they can sense when it’s dinnertime, you may be slightly disappointed in their performance. It didn’t stop Billy Gibbons from letting his pet chicken, Kiev, walk across his calculator to randomly select the numbers that ultimately won him the jackpot. Most importantly, please don’t fall for the illusion that pets offer up winning combinations for their owners. Just because someone wins once, doesn’t mean the strategy has validity. Like any ordinary lottery player, such an incident simply became part of a winning statistic. Ghosts In the same category as consulting with a psychic, is listening to spirits. One man even credits his late wife for their sudden financial abundance. Believing that those who have passed remain in communications, and aspire to continue being a part of your life, bring peace of mind to many of those who have experienced loss. However, crediting them with your lottery winnings is a perfect example of false causality with confirmation and availability bias. If we consider the statistics, more people are likely to credit a tarot card reader with their jackpot than a ghost, as psychics are more easily accessible than speaking with spirits. Still, these instances are entirely coincidental and provide no relation to the real reason that anyone wins the lottery: math. The darker side of the lottery Believing in the law of attraction and using visualization to achieve goals can positively impact your life. Using these strategies to win the lottery can guide you down a darker path. Believing that a psychic will be the answer to your financial troubles, or that your pet holds the numbers in their paws, can lead to trouble. People get so heavily invested in superstitions and obsessed with breaking down the lottery system that it can become all-consuming very quickly. A Chinese man once spent ten years living under a bridge attempting to develop an algorithm to predict lottery drawings. He researched for over a decade to crack the code to win. Not even his family knew where he had gone until reporters contacted them. In 2018, another man mistakenly thought that his calculations had won him the winning ticket. After spending all of his savings and overdrawing his account to celebrate with his family, he discovered that he was off by one number. The money he already spent would never be returned. After threatening to commit suicide, his girlfriend called the police, who ultimately intervened. Trade the superstitions for mathematical strategies Rare and unexpected events will occur according to the Improbability Principle. When it comes to the lottery, all instances must happen at one point or another, no matter how seemingly ridiculous. They didn’t occur because a chicken walked across a calculator or a gold coin…
How To Use Lucky Numbers To Win The Lottery
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Last updated on January 2, 2021 It is not easy to disprove superstitions without first learning why coincidences or lucky numbers occur in the lottery. Someone sent me an email and said this: My Uncle won the lottery several times (no jackpot, though) in the ’90s, and he claimed that luck plays an important role. I don’t know, but I am trying my lucky numbers in the lottery, yet it seems that I am not as lucky as my Uncle. Surprisingly we hear the news of players winning the jackpot twice or even more. Can you explain why sometimes the lottery favors few players? I would agree if someone claimed that he had won the lottery because of luck. That’s because in a random event where you don’t know what’s going to happen next and you win, what else can you call that but “luck” indeed. However, striking luck twice or several times is said to be unusual in a sense. Even if the odds of winning the lottery are seemingly improbable, some people achieve a continuous winning streak. For example, a man won the Illinois lottery twice., Every once in awhile, we hear unusual stories of lucky lotto players such as the Colorado man who won the Powerball jackpot twice on the same day. Such an occurrence happened not just once. A Newark man and a woman in Virginia experienced this too on different occasions., So why do all these happen in a truly random, fair, and unbiased lottery game? The answer is the law of truly large numbers or LTLN. Good luck, bad luck, and the law of truly large numbers Being lucky can be ascribed to randomness. When many people pooled their bets together to have fun at the lottery, someone at one point had to be lucky. And although improbable, someone who got lucky yesterday might be the same person who may get lucky again tomorrow. That may sound extremely unusual, but mathematicians don’t look at it that way. The law of truly large numbers takes effect in a random event, whether we like it or not. The law of truly large numbers states that given abundant opportunities (hence the term truly large numbers), even unusual events and strange coincidences are expected to occur. Mathematicians will be surprised if we don’t see unusual stories like these in the news., , This particular law in mathematics applies to lotteries and all extraordinary events and coincidences in every aspect of life. In the lottery, this mathematical law can be observed very quickly. First, many countries worldwide operate lottery games. All these draws happening worldwide quickly add up to already abundant opportunities. At any given time, an unexpected and unusual story can happen at any place around the world. History has proven that the vast amount of lottery draws taking place every day allows for such unnatural occurrences to exist. From the perspective of lucky people, the inverse can happen too. These unusual events are NOT always pleasant news. For example, in 1980, Maureen Wilcox bought tickets for the Massachusetts State Lottery and the Rhode Island Lottery. Both tickets had the winning numbers. Unfortunately, her ticket for the Rhode Island Lottery matched the Massachusetts Lottery winning combination, and vice versa. Wilcox’s story takes away: do not play two different lotteries at the same time on the same day. Interestingly, some events can be so bizarre and fascinating that one would think such seemingly improbable things aren’t real. For example, mathematicians use the same law to explain why we hear stories of lotto players who have won using tarot cards. Or a pet owner got his winning numbers from his pet chicken, who accidentally walked on a calculator. Likewise, the same law answers why a Loughton man’s vivid lottery dream came true., ,, If you hear a story about a palm reader or a paranormal psychic who helped someone win the lottery, don’t be surprised at all. However, please don’t believe that palm-reading, psychic reading, and other supernatural tools work as a strategy to win the lottery. The unusual lottery winning stories you hear in the news does not affirm the effectiveness of their methods. These supernatural beliefs don’t apply to any random game, let alone the lottery. The law of truly large numbers is truly fascinating and adds color to our everyday lives. These are the stories that the mainstream media likes to cover and sometimes exaggerate. In September of 2009, the Bulgarian national lottery was shaken after the same six numbers (4, 15, 23, 24, 35, and 42) were drawn in two consecutive draws. This event created a media storm and led the Bulgarian authorities to order an immediate investigation. Should we be surprised by this incident? True, it’s freakishly unusual and improbable, but it can happen according to the law of truly large numbers. David J. Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics and senior research investigator at Imperial College London, said this: Sometimes, though, when there are really many opportunities, it can look as if there are only relatively few. This misperception leads us to grossly underestimate the probability of an event: we think something is incredibly unlikely, when it’s actually very likely, perhaps almost certain.David J. Hand Life is full of surprises. The lottery is not exempted from that powerful force of nature. How to be lucky using the law of large numbers You cannot change or manipulate your chances of winning the lottery because the underlying probability never changes. You also cannot beat the odds —no one can. However, there’s a way to play the lottery and get the best shot possible. How? Buy more tickets. However, buying more tickets is useless if you’re making the wrong choices.To get the best chance possible, we need to add another strategy—making intelligent choices. That’s how math can help. We can line up all your options and make intelligent choices to make sure you are not mathematically wrong most of the time. How NOT to be mathematically wrong in the lottery Earlier, we discussed that some people are “lucky” or “unlucky” because all lotteries are bound to behave according to “the law of truly large numbers.” So, here’s another question that you might ask: can you force luck on your side? Lucky for you, yes. It may sound absurd, but you can—mathematically. How? To borrow a line from a multi-awarded Bob Dylan song: The answer my friend is blowing in the wind. I’ll explain why in a little while. But let me give you a more concrete example. To be lucky, you have to follow another law in mathematics called the law of large numbers or LLN. Just to be clear, LTLN is different from LLN. While the law of truly large numbers (or LTLN) explains why unusual events occur and why some people are lucky, the law of large numbers (or LLN), on the other hand, defines the conclusion of the lottery based on a large number of draws. Theoretically, you can force luck on your side if you follow the conclusion. That means you are intelligently playing the lottery with the best ratio of success to failure by following the general trend (I”ll give you lots of examples below). The depth of this strategy can be difficult to grasp at first. But, if you try your best to understand how it works, you’ll discover a powerful strategy for playing the lottery that only mathematics can provide. Here’s a related article that might interest you: Using Birth Dates in PLaying the Lottery? Here’s What Math Says. Fortunately, you don’t need to know mathematics to implement a mathematical strategy. This lottery calculator will do ALL the heavy lifting for you. There, now you’re getting closer to being confidently lucky! Before we continue further, let me state a little caveat. Being lucky and the illusion of control Making an intelligent choice is a pretty straightforward statement. However, probability theory is one of the most misunderstood fields in mathematics. We need to thresh out this issue carefully and in the right perspective. To say that you can force luck on your side doesn’t mean you have the power to control the outcome of any lottery draw. The concept is very far from that. Have you heard of the term “illusion of control?”, An illusion of control is a dangerous belief to have for yourself. Some people believe that just because they have a strategy to win, they also think they’re in control of the lottery draws. Let me tell you right off the bat that you can’t win the lottery more frequently. Some lotto gurus may try to convince you that you can win small prizes more often. On the other hand, I would suggest that you run away from these people as fast as possible. I have already debunked this issue in my earlier article: The Truth About Winning Small Prizes in the Lottery Here’s the truth: forcing luck to your favor is not equivalent to making money in the lottery. The truth is that the expected value of each ticket is always negative.In other words, the lottery can neither be a source of income nor a substitute for a real job. The lottery’s real objective is to have fun, and the fun begins at the number-selection process. When you use the power of calculation, you can never be mathematically wrong based on the law of large numbers. I recommend that you explore the fascinating world of math so you can fully appreciate how it is applied in the lottery setting. While the Lotterycodex calculator does all the hard work, it’s still best that you know how it works. So, let’s move on and explain how math works in the lottery. First, we will discuss the simplest strategy then proceed to a more advanced option. The simplest one is your choice of the lottery. The lottery game you choose can hugely influence your luck. Your choice of a lottery game can influence your luck When it comes to making choices, you have the power to calculate your advantage. For example, if choosing between the 6/42 and 6/49 games, the smart player would opt for 6/42. That’s the point of calculating the odds. You know that you are “not mathematically wrong” when it’s time to make a crucial decision. Choosing the right game entails comparing the odds between the two lotteries and playing the one that offers an easier opportunity to win. This explains why our forefathers were far luckier than us. Prior to 1992, Lotto America offered odds of 1 in 18.6 million chances (1 in 18,643,560) for its 7/40 game format. By the time the Powerball replaced Lotto America in 1992, players had to deal with the increase in odds of 1 to 55 million. So, lottery players during the Lotto America era benefitted from three times better odds than when Powerball was introduced. Powerball had undergone major changes in its draw format several times since it started. The game tremendously increased the odds from 1:55 million odds in 1992 to the current odds of 1:292 million. Comparatively, lottery players in the olden days had much better chances of winning the lottery. But don’t despair; there is still hope of winning in the modern lottery systems. Players nowadays have hundreds of lottery games to choose from. Powerball is not the only game you can play. You can easily try your luck with other lottery games that have better odds. How can we explain this from a mathematical point of view? There are two factors to consider: the number field and the pick size. To choose which lottery to play, bear in mind that it is easier to win a game with a smaller number field. A lottery with 49 balls is easier to win than a lottery with 59 balls. Similarly, a lottery with 42 numbers is easier to win than a lottery with a 49 number field. Additionally, a pick size of 6 balls is easier to…