More on the world-shattering lotto story:
Psychologists warn that some Lotto winner wannabes may be struggling with their failure to win.
Swinburne University psychology professor Glen Bates described the post-lotto hangover as difficult to deal with for the massive numbers of people who entered the draw with high hopes that a win would solve their life problems.
Never having not won $53 million dollars myself, I can’t really imagine how they must be feeling. But I hope they get help soon.
ELSEWHERE: David Starkoff has a theory:
Winning division 1 in Oz 7 Lotto requires picking the seven winning numbers from 45: 45,379,620 combinations. Since you can buy a 12-game ticket for $12.70, the entry cost to buy every combination is therefore a shade over $48,000,000… This suggests that a brute force attack may be efficient: i.e., buying every combination and making a profit.
But I think he’s got the maths wrong by a factor of about ten. $12.70 multiplied by 45,379,620 is $576,321,174, not $48 million. Unless I’m missing something.
UPDATE: I was missing something. The expression “12-game” before the word “ticket”. D’oh.