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Branson's white elephant.

In article <36878415.8489958@goodnews.nildram.co.uk>,
Kidney John <kj@jaf.nildramNOSPAM.co.uk> wrote:
>>The thing is that the maths of Chance doesn't work that way. There is a guy
>>in Ireland who has won their lottery twice. That's not possible ....

>Very possible.. Just because the odds are 14.5 million to one doesn't
>mean it can't happen several times in a row.

Furthermore, the probability that _some_ person (not specified in
advance) has won the lottery twice is only P(winning) / total number of
winners, assuming that all winners continue to play.

Tim.
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Tim Goodwin       | "The FSF likes to write programs that require twice as much
Univ of Leicester | memory as your machine has today :-) ." -- Steve Summit

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From: tjg@ltpcg.star.le.ac.uk (Tim J Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.environment,uk.misc,soc.culture.british
Subject: Re: Branson's white elephant.
Date: 5 Jan 1999 10:44:18 -0000
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