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Thread: BA in The Toledo Blade

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    In an editorial describing the chances of winning the new Mega Millions lottery, there is this quote: For the multistate Big Game, the odds were 1 in 76.2 million. Mega Millions boosts that to 1 in 135.1 million. How many $1 bets can you place in a light year?

    We hit the 'jackpot' with this one. Not only is there bad astronomy, but bad mathematics, also. 'Odds' should be written as 76.2:1. Probability is written as 1 in 76.2.

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    On 2002-05-21 12:04, tychobrahe wrote:
    In an editorial describing the chances of winning the new Mega Millions lottery, there is this quote: For the multistate Big Game, the odds were 1 in 76.2 million. Mega Millions boosts that to 1 in 135.1 million. How many $1 bets can you place in a light year?

    We hit the 'jackpot' with this one. Not only is there bad astronomy, but bad mathematics, also. 'Odds' should be written as 76.2:1. Probability is written as 1 in 76.2.
    And wouldn't the Mega Millions decrease the odds rather than boost them?


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    On 2002-05-21 12:39, Geo3gh wrote:
    And wouldn't the Mega Millions decrease the odds rather than boost them?
    I think we just did this one. Yep, here it is.

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