Can a Fortune Cookie Help You Win $1.4 Billion?


Jan 12, 2016

Powerball Jackpot of Over $1 Billion

The Powerball jackpot continues to grow, with the current total estimated at $1.4 Billion, a number that’s hard for most people to even imagine. Powerball drawings are available in 44 states, and you can buy a ticket for as little as $2. How should you pick your numbers? The video below shows at least one method that we’ve discussed here before -playing the lucky numbers from your fortune cookie.

There are many ways to pick numbers. One theory is that random chance is your best bet. An opposing theory, proposed by people such as multi-jackpot winner Richard Lustig, is that you should play the same numbers every week, even if they seem to be losing ones.

Seven-time Lottery Winner Shares Secret to Winning Powerball

The idea that if you play the same numbers week after week, they are more likely to come up may sound reasonable, but this may be a case of the so-called Gamber’s Fallacy -the idea that past outcomes influence future events. For example, if you flip a coin 10 times and it comes up heads the first 9 times, the odds remain 50-50 that it will be tails on the final toss -assuming that it’s not a trick coin!

Since there’s no hard evidence to support any theory for winning the lottery, you are free to come up with numbers however you prefer. If you believe in fate, you may find that a lucky fortune cookie is the secret to winning. The video below was shot when the Powerball jackpot was “only” $500 million.

 

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