Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Repeated Bulgarian Lottery Numbers Confirmed Coincidence

I posted on this last week and was amazed at the odds of 4.2 million to one of this happening. Well that is exactly that it was, a coincident. The gasp is still there by many people in Bulgaria and is the talking point around many rakia filled Bulgarians each evening. Some even still put the same numbers on their cards that have already won twice thinking that things come in threes. Mmmm, I still think it the lottery is an idiot tax!

Repeated Bulgarian Lottery Numbers Confirmed Coincidence

Investigators said Thursday they found no wrongdoing at Bulgaria's national lottery after the same winning numbers were picked in two consecutive draws.

Sport Minister Svilen Neikov ordered the probe Wednesday after the numbers 4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42 were selected by a machine — in a different order — on consecutive draws televised live on Sept. 6 and Sept. 10.

The commission appointed by Neikov's ministry to investigate said Thursday it found no evidence of fraud or manipulation.

Lottery officials called the repeat draws a freak coincidence — the odds are 1 in 4 million, according to mathematicians — and insisted it was impossible to tamper with the lottery machine.

No one won the Sept. 6 draw, but 18 people guessed correctly in the Sept. 10 contest and each received 10,164 leva ($7,585, euro5,150) in prize money.

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