Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lindsey Mohan

A Toronto statistician named Mohan finds flaws in scratch off lottery tickets as a hobby. He recognizes patterns in the numbers and can identify winners. He sent 20 unscratched tickets to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming organization and 19 out of 20 were winners. Needless to so, the Ontario group wanted to talk to him...

In the case of the Tic Tac Toe game, he said the trick hinged on where single numbers, rather than repeating ones, appeared on the unscratched card.

Srivastava tested out his hunch and found some startling results: he could pick out a winning game card with 90 to 95 per cent accuracy.

He chalks up his ability to crack the system behind such games to "a kind of odd combination of skills" -- including knowledge of statistics, computer programming and spatial analysis.

There's a guy at Hopper's with the same talent. Only, his name's not Mohan and he doesn't feel quite so obligated to share it with the authorities...

Click here for a video of the story...

Has an Ontario man figured out how to beat the lottery?


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