What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Win the Lottery

I can’t think of a better way to tease this video than its YouTube description:

Recounting one of the stories included in his book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, Jordan Ellenberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison) tells how a group of MIT students exploited a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery to win game after game, eventually pocketing more than $3 million.

A personal note: though I haven’t talked with him in years, Dr. Ellenberg and I were actually in the same calculus class about 30 years ago.

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