Monday, April 9, 2018
MEDIA MONDAY / FREQUENT LOTTERY WINNERS, TOO OFTEN TO BE COINCIDENCE
An intrepid reporter in Florida filed a public records request for 20 years of data on his state’s lottery winners.
After analyzing the data, he found something unusual: A small number of lottery players were winning hundreds of times at almost inconceivably long odds. A statistician compared one frequent winner’s feat to picking one star out of 50 galaxies and “then having your friend guess the same star on the first try.”
SOURCE: COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER