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# Winning the lottery watch

1. For some reason, i was wondering today if it is at all possible to work out all the possible sequence of numbers in the lottery and win it. It must be at least possible? or not?
2. (Original post by tim2)
For some reason, i was wondering today if it is at all possible to work out all the possible sequence of numbers in the lottery and win it. It must be at least possible? or not?
well, it would cost you more than you would win in order to get every combination.
3. It would be 49!
4. The probability of winning the jackpot is
(1/49 * 1/48 * 1/47 * 1/46 * 1/45 * 1/44).
5. there would be thousands of combinations!!
You have a 1 in (49 x 48 x 47 x 46 x 45 x 44) chance of winning the lottery if my maths is correct (which is probably isn't! ) so a 1 in 10068347520 chance of winning the jackpot....
6. (Original post by ZJuwelH)
The probability of winning the jackpot are
(1/49 * 1/48 * 1/47 * 1/46 * 1/45 * 1/44).
you beat me to it.
7. Hey! I said it first, give me credit
8. (Original post by ZJuwelH)
The probability of winning the jackpot is
(1/49 * 1/48 * 1/47 * 1/46 * 1/45 * 1/44).
that does not make sense, if those were the odds everyone would win!
9. (Original post by chats)
that does not make sense, if those were the odds everyone would win!
<raises eyebrow>

You sure?
10. It was just something i was wondering for the hell of it but i know it aint really possible
11. (Original post by ZJuwelH)
<raises eyebrow>

You sure?
very sure i think its like 0.02*0.02*0.02...............
12. My dad worked out is was 1 in 17 million chance of winning it. However he did fail his A level maths.
13. (Original post by chats)
that does not make sense, if those were the odds everyone would win!
if you work that out though it gives you a 1 in 10068347520 chance.... that doesn't sound like everyone winning to me....
14. You're correct, the 1/n was pointless though, just have n.

In case people didn't understand my "49!" post i meant ! in a mathmatical term, meaning factorial.
15. (Original post by ainat87)
if you work that out though it gives you a 1 in 10068347520 chance.... that doesn't sound like everyone winning to me....
i think you lot mean 49/1 * 48/1 * 47/1 or maybe i'm chatting crap caus im tired

yeh its 49*48*47*46*45*44

sorry to look like a smart alec but ive never got something to do with maths right on ukl!
16. 10068347520 - so thats how much combinations there are right!?
17. Bill the calculator says that the odds are 6 * 10^62

i.e. Huge odds against you!
18. (Original post by chats)
i think you lot mean 49/1 * 48/1 * 47/1 or maybe i'm chatting crap caus im tired
i'm pretty sure our way is correct... but then i'm tired too! ha ha
19. Isn't it a simple probablility which I think Zuwell has got right (and I'm not even a mathematician)?

49 balls in the draw, you need 6 numbers.

You have a 1 in 49 chance to match ball 1
Then there are 48 balls which can be drawn - so 1 in 48 for ball 2
etc etc

Multiply the probablities for each ball together as it is an AND probability.

P = What has been stated already
20. (Original post by tis_me_lord)
You're correct, the 1/n was pointless though, just have n.

In case people didn't understand my "49!" post i meant ! in a mathmatical term, meaning factorial.
But then that would include 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5... and 48 and 49.

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