Leave it to Chance: Math prof says lotto is a ‘random phenomenon’

HARLINGEN — There is no formula to wining the biggest jackpot in the history of the world.

“It’s anybody’s guess,” said Atiq Syed, professor of mathematics and physics at Texas State Technical College.

“It’s a random phenomenon.”

Tomorrow’s drawing for $1.4 billion will be a record. cash value is $867 million.

At $2 per ticket, the massive profit for any winner is going to be fantastic.

The winning numbers for Saturday night’s game were 16, 19, 32, 34, 57 and a Powerball of 13. A total of 440 million tickets were sold in that drawing.

Syed said there is no way of formulating an equation for the winning numbers. You would have to buy 292 million tickets to get the right combination of winning numbers at least once.

He said matching all five white balls and the red Powerball is not simple. If it were, everyone would be a winner.

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Tips to win the lottery

Tips by Richard Lustig, author of “To Increase your Chances of Winning the Lottery.”

– Never use the quick pick.

– Choose from the entire card, not just birthday numbers.

– Don’t change numbers.

– Know your limits and only play what you can afford.

– Play the lottery consistently.