# Tricky russian statistic problem

• Oct 1st 2010, 02:06 PM
mightydog78
Tricky russian statistic problem
There is a game they played in Russia where a person marked 6 entries in a table 6x9 where all 54 numbers were listed sequentially. After many round one statistician noticed the people from Moscow, Leningrad, and Novosibirsk (3 cities with the most educated population) had higher proportion of large payoffs than participants from other regions in proportion to the number of tickets sold.
How did this happen?

So I was trying to find the numbers that had the highest probability of being selected but dont they all have the same probability??
• Oct 1st 2010, 11:18 PM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by mightydog78
There is a game they played in Russia where a person marked 6 entries in a table 6x9 where all 54 numbers were listed sequentially. After many round one statistician noticed the people from Moscow, Leningrad, and Novosibirsk (3 cities with the most educated population) had higher proportion of large payoffs than participants from other regions in proportion to the number of tickets sold.
How did this happen?

So I was trying to find the numbers that had the highest probability of being selected but dont they all have the same probability??

No, tests show that people avoid sets of consecutive number and have a preference for things like birthdays. Which means that if you select numbers at random or preferentially select sequences and/or non-birthday-like numbers there will be fewer other winners when you do win, so a larger share of the prize pot.

CB
• Oct 2nd 2010, 08:46 AM
mightydog78
hmm thats interesting, so basically they won more because they picked consecutive numbers instead of "lucky" numbers. So really there is no math to prove this just common sense?