|Have you ever wondered what your chances REALLY are of winning the UK National Lottery?|
After seeing Carol Vorderman's section in the Sun newspaper (5th Feb. 97) where she describes Hot and Cold numbers (i.e. those likely to come up most/least often), I decided to write a program that would generate seven random numbers and test her findings. The result was NOTALOT which shows how lucky you would have been over an extended period using a given set of numbers. The result were surprising, to say the least!.
I always understood the odds were slim but didn't realise how microscopically slim they were. On one run I waited 175,000 years before I even got FIVE numbers!!!
Having written and run this program
I have concluded that the National Lottery is nothing
more than a form of indirect taxation. In future I think
I can find better things to spend my money on........
to Download the all new Visual Basic version Notalot2.zip (123k
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modified 11th January 1998