After 433 people in the Philippines won the lottery prize , there have been questions raised about what happened.
According to the reports of the local media, this was the most number of persons who had ever won the top prize of the Grand Lotto.
The fact that the winning combination for the prize of PHP 236 million pesos, which is equivalent to $4 million, was a string of numbers that were all divisible by nine has sparked additional debate. Koko Pimentel, the head of the minority party in the Senate of the Philippines, has since asked for an investigation into the anomalous findings.
These lotto games have been given the go light by the government of the Republic of the Philippines. According to Pimentel, “as a result, it is imperative that we uphold and safeguard the legitimacy of these gambling activities.”
Participants in the Grand Lotto choose six numbers from a pool of one to 55. In order to win the jackpot, all six of a player’s numbers must be identical to those that are picked by the organization that runs the lottery.
However, Melquiades Robles, the General Manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), stated that there were no abnormalities with the results, and he explained that this was because a large number of individuals in the country frequently bet on number sequences.
“Many have kept their numbers to themselves. Robles was quoted as saying, “It’s not only important to be loyal to your wives and husbands, but it’s also good to be faithful to your numbers.”
Terence Tao, a maths professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, shared his perspective on the findings, saying that a pattern like this being a winning series of numbers is rare “for anyone lottery.” BBC News cited Professor Tao’s comments regarding the outcomes.
He went on to say, “But there are hundreds of lotteries every day around the world, and statistically speaking, it would not be surprising if one of these lotteries exhibited an unusual trend once every few decades.”
It’s kind of like how in any given hand of poker it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll draw a straight flush, but if you look at hundreds of thousands of hands all at once, it actually becomes quite likely that you will draw a straight flush. “It’s the same way that” “It’s kind of like how” “It’s like how” “It’s like how”
Mathematician’s Take on Lotto Pot with 433 Winners
A mathematician said on Monday that although if the likelihood of receiving the winning Lotto combination is low, the fact that 433 people have now shared the P236 million pot could be due to the fact that they believed in Lucky Nine and were careful with their lotto number selections.
Jomar Rabajante, a professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baos, suggested taking into account two aspects: the probabilities of winning the 6/55 Lotto and the likelihood that gamblers will select the winning combination.
What are the Odds?
According to what he shared with DZBB, the statistics suggest that a bettor has around one in 29 million odds to win by selecting any six-number combination between the digits 1 and 55.
“Assuming meron na tayong nabunot na kombinasyon. Ano ngayon ‘yung chance na itong kombinasyon na ito ay mapipili o matataya ng tao? Doon ngayon mag-iiba-iba ngayon ang probability kasi alam natin may mga taong nag-aalaga, may mga taong tinitingnan ang frequent pattern.”
Enter the number 9, often known as “Lucky 9,” which, when said in Chinese, sounds like a term that signifies “long-lasting” and is frequently used in games involving numbers. The winning combination for the draw that took place on October 1 is 9-45-36-27-18-54, which are all divisible by nine.
“Walang problema doon kasi sabi nga natin lahat ng kombinasyon pare-pareho ng chance mabunot, nagkataon lang na nabunot ‘yung multiples of nine e alam natin sikat ito sa maraming tao kasi Lucky 9,” said Rabajante.
“Kung titingnan po natin, possible talagang maraming tao nagkataon na iyon ang inaalagaan nila o ‘yun ‘yung pinipili nila kasi Lucky 9 at nagkataon, sinuwerte lang talaga na ‘yun ang lumabas na kombinasyon.”
A study conducted in the Netherlands in 2016 found that combinations including numbers that could be divided by nine were among the top 30 most often winning combinations in a 6/45 Lotto game played in that country.
According to the findings of the study, “many of the thirty most popular combinations form a numeric sequence or spatial pattern,” with the majority of sequences forming a vertical or diagonal line. This is one of the findings of the study.
According to Rabajante, the winning combination for the PCSO Lotto 6/55 can also be seen as a diagonal line on a ticket for that game.
“Kung hindi Lucky 9 ang lumabas na kombinasyon, posibleng isa o dalawa lang din po ‘yan e kaya lang nagkataon, itong pattern na ito isa sa mga sikat genuinely na pattern… Nakakagulat kapag ‘di mo hinimay, pero ‘pag hinimay mo, masasabi mo may reason.”
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