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“Learn from history…”
That’s the first sentence that greets you when you visit the “Recent Drawings” page of MEGA MILLIONS LOTTERY.
LEARN FROM HISTORY? If we could do that, that would mean the lottery drawings are NOT random!
The whole point to a lottery is that all drawings are (supposed to be) RANDOM and INDEPENDENT from each other.
For anything to have a HISTORY it has to have events that are NON-RANDOM and NON-INDEPENDENT.
I’m really surprised that the Mega Million lottery officials are suggesting that we can “learn” anything from studying the “history” of these drawings.
What do they exactly mean by that, I’m really at a lost.
For a perfectly random and FAIR drawing, we should NOT be able to learn anything by studying the “history” of past drawings.
Do the lottery officials know something that we don’t?
Or is it a case of a careless copy writer who has not taken probability at college and who does not know what an “independent event” means?
They need to hire a good technical writer, right away.