Lotto's child cheats


This article is provided mainly for "colour" and could be used in discussion of what it means for a random generator to be "fair". The scam reported here could be planned by young children in a school but that it was carried off on such a scale is quite incredible.

Of passing interest near the end of the article are the percentages of people losing faith in the lottery (55%) and intending to play again (only 32%). The people's minds changed when the jackpot went up, is an interesting revelation. Students could discuss why this might be so.

Students could also discuss how Australia's lotteries are handled to be sure they are fair and what it means in terms of outcomes. (See also the article Crunch Time for Number)


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