statistician cracks Ontario lottery scratch tickets

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by billyjoerob, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Fascinating.
  2. The fallacy is that you can examine a bulk number of tickets and then return the unused, keeping the winners, why should any lottery let you do that?

    "He asked several Toronto retailers if they would object to him buying tickets and then exchanging the unused, unscratched tickets. “Everybody said that would be totally fine. Nobody was even a tiny bit suspicious,” he says. “Why not? Because they all assumed the games are unbreakable."
  3. pretty interesting but not that fascinating being that he does this stuff for a living. he would know or have some idea how the logic is applied to the manufacturing process.
  4. there is nothing you can't do with math

    the future is yours! :eek:
  5. Statistics are sausage. mnnnnn looks good, taste good but oiy you should see how they"re put together.
  6. He is an indian mathematician from MIT. how many of you are as smart as Indians?
  7. There are roughly a billion Indians, we see the only the brightest here in the US. It would be like an Indian going to LA and saying "all the American womens is beautiful!"
  8. Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians.

    Perhaps we should elect a mathematician as next president of the US of A.

    He could do game theory on every problem international and national.
  9. The corollary is:
    this has nothing to do with math

    the future is not in this! :eek:

    The security breach is in the way the lottery retailers allow a few to surreptitiously examine a large number of tickets for the 'tell'. The 'tell' could be any flaws in the encryption system. If the lottery took steps to prevent such examination, the loss to the system would have been minimal.

    Aren't they all?
    #10     Feb 2, 2011