## LOTTO FRAUD REPUBLICAN STYLE

Several of the more infamous right-wing Internet web sites have recently launched an advertising campaign for a “system” claiming to increase the odds of winning lotteries, despite the fact that lotteries are random, and must be in order to be legal.

There is nothing, no strategy, no system, no algorithm or praying for divine intervention that can change the probability of winning. For the California SuperLotto Plus, for example, with 5 picks of 47 numbers, and one Mega out of 27, the odds of hitting all 6 are 41,416,353 to one. Past number combinations have no bearing on future ones, and the probability that a winning number combination will be repeated in the next drawing, is exactly the same as any other of the 41 some million possible combinations, – next to nil.

This crook with the “secret algorithm” even claims to be a mathematician employed by the University of Oklahoma, having worked out a

way to increase the odds in your favor by “analyzing” past winners. He even “predicts” that his “system” could bankrupt the entire lotto industry”! Any mathematician would know that there is absolutely no way to change the odds, and past winners have no impact on future number combinations. Each combination has exactly the same probability of showing up through the ball machine that spits out the winning balls. Those balls have no memory of past winning combinations, nor can they be influenced by higher powers. So, if this crook really is a mathematician, which I doubt, then he is worse than a crook and should be charged with numeric malpractice! At any rate, he should be forced to return the couple of hundred dollars he is charging, – if indeed anyone has been dumb enough to fall for such a scam.

It is kind of funny that this scam seems to be promoted only through right-wing web sites. Does that mean that a scheme like this appeals to the same people who believe that they can increase their odds to become rich by voting Republican? And how has that worked out for them, – to paraphrase Dr. Phil?

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