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The odds presented in this article should be sobering for any gambler. Unfortunately since most people know or have heard of someone who has had a big win, knowing the odds doesn't always have the desired effect. Translating some of these odds into probabilities will provide examples of unlikely events when ordering events on a number line.

Of interest in the article is a bit of history on poker machines and how the winning numbers are determined by random number generators. This could provide a starting point for project work in a probability unit.


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