Some people have all the luck... or do they?

Start: 12/02/2015 - 4:15pm
End  : 12/02/2015 - 5:15pm


Skip Garibaldi (CCR)


Has anyone you know ever won a prize worth $600 or more in the lottery? It's a rare thing for someone to win even just one. But when we investigated records of all claimed lottery prizes in Florida, we discovered that some people had won hundreds! Winning so much is not just lucky, but suspiciously lucky. I will explain what we thought they might have been up to, what mathematics says about it, what further investigations revealed, and the law enforcement actions and state policy changes that occured as a consequence of our theorems. 

This talk is joint work with Richard Arritira, Lawrence Mower, and Philip B. Stark. 

Argue Auditorium, Millikan, Pomona College

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