Could a machine ever predict winning lottery numbers?

It’s everyone’s not-so-secret fantasy: win the lottery, quit your job, and move to Aruba. Or, maybe that’s just me. Tonight’s US Powerball drawing is for a record $1.5 billion jackpot, but according to Donald Ylvisaker, Professor Emeritus of statistics at UCLA and contract statistician for the California lottery, your chances of winning are slim, to put it nicely. “The way I would think about it is if you take the US and drop off Texas, you’re choosing one person out of the rest of the US population,” Ylvisaker said. That puts your odds of hitting the jackpot at one out of 292 million. Article continues below Most-read articles Best tablet 2016: Our top 10 ranking Top tablets compared – which is best for you? 34 PS4 tips and tricks for…


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