# Chance News 35

## Quotation

USA Today has come out with a new survey: Apparently three out of four people make up 75 percent of the population.

David Letterman,

04/12/1947 -

We (Laurie Snell) were not able to find any evidence that this really appeared in USA Today.

## Forsooth

Our first item was suggested by Fred Hoppe at MacMaster University who's research is in probability and statistics with a hobby of lottery problems.

## In this lottery it was better to win third than second place

The Lotto 6/49 in Ontario Canada asks you to choose six numbers from 1 to 49 on up to 10 boards (each board costs \$2). Or ask for a Quick Pick and the lottery terminal will randomly select your numbers. The Lotto officials draw randomly 6 numbers and a bonus number from 1 to 49 The payoffs are

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/forwiki/lotto.jpg

Fred writes:

In the March 19, 2008 Lotto 6/49 draw up the numbers were 23 - 40 - 41 - 42 - 44 - 45 and bonus 43.

Can you imagine the consternation of the poor folks who, against the odds, matched 5/6 numbers and the bonus number, then found their excitement turned to dismay upon learning their share was only \$1,193.70 because of the 239 who matched likewise. The third place winners (match 5/6 only) each took home \$2,223.40.