Same lottery numbers drawn twice

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Lottery News

We all know that the chances of winning a lottery jackpot are slim but due to the huge sums of money won from matching all of the lottery numbers we all still buy tickets. But imagine if the same lottery numbers were drawn back to back. What are the chances of that? Well that’s exactly what Bulgarian officials thought after the nation was shocked to see the same lottery numbers drawn twice in a row.

The Bulgarian authorities have launched an official investigation into the drawing of the Bulgarian state lottery on the 6th and 10th of September this year after the same six balls were selected in both draws. The lottery results for both draws were identical with the numbers 4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42 being selected, supposedly at random.

A Bulgarian state lottery official has gone on record as saying that manipulation of the lottery results was impossible. A mathematician has calculated that even though it’s long odds at four million to one, the chances of drawing the same six lottery numbers twice in a row isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. For example, the chances of winning the EuroMillions jackpot by matching the all five main numbers and both lucky stars is 76,275,360 to 1, and the EuroMillions jackpot get won on a regular basis.

The operators of the Bulgarian state lottery described this bizarre lottery news as a freak coincidence and were quick to note that the six lottery numbers were drawn in a different order for each lottery draw.

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