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    hi everyone, please help me solve this mathematics probability question:

    Mr. A and Mr. B decided to buy lottery one day.

    They both spent the same amount of money but in a different way.

    Mr. A bought 1 set of 7 numbers randomly generated. (cost: $3.50)
    1. X X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)

    Mr. B bought 7 sets of 6 numbers randomly generated (cost: $3.50)
    1. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    2. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    3. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    4. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    5. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    6. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    7. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)

    The result of the lottery draw consists of 6 numbers (1-45).
    To win, the winner must have a set with the 6 winning numbers.

    Q. Since both Mr. A and Mr. B have spent equal amount of money. Do they have equal chances to win?
    If not, which of them have a better probability of winning?

    Please explain the full mathematical solution of each senarios with steps.

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s7evin View Post
    no one smart in this forum?
    We will get to you when we have the time and inclination

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    Quote Originally Posted by s7evin View Post
    hi everyone, please help me solve this mathematics probability question:

    Mr. A and Mr. B decided to buy lottery one day.

    They both spent the same amount of money but in a different way.

    Mr. A bought 1 set of 7 numbers randomly generated. (cost: $3.50)
    1. X X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)

    Mr. B bought 7 sets of 6 numbers randomly generated (cost: $3.50)
    1. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    2. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    3. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    4. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    5. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    6. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    7. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)

    The result of the lottery draw consists of 6 numbers (1-45).
    To win, the winner must have a set with the 6 winning numbers.

    Q. Since both Mr. A and Mr. B have spent equal amount of money. Do they have equal chances to win?
    If not, which of them have a better probability of winning?

    Please explain the full mathematical solution of each senarios with steps.

    Thank you!

    The denominator in the probability is:

    nCr = 45C6 = 45! / 6!*(45-6)! = 8,145,060

    Since Mr. A holds 1 of the combinations, his probability of winning is 1 / 8,145,060

    Since Mr. B probably holds up to 7 different combinations (unlikely that any of his match each other), then the probability of Mr. B winning is 7 / 8,145,060
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    The denominator in the probability is:

    nCr = 45C6 = 45! / 6!*(45-6)! = 8,145,060

    Since Mr. A holds 1 of the combinations, his probability of winning is 1 / 8,145,060
    He has seven numbers not six! Any six of those seven is a win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    Since Mr. B probably holds up to 7 different combinations (unlikely that any of his match each other), then the probability of Mr. B winning is 7 / 8,145,060
    As they are drawn at random there is no guarantee that they are different
    unless you want to impose that as an extra side condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainBlack View Post
    As they are drawn at random there is no guarantee that they are different
    unless you want to impose that as an extra side condition.

    RonL
    Thanks for the catch - you'd think by now I would have mastered counting

    Then the P(Mr. A winning) = 7C6 / 45C6 = 7 / 8145060, so they both do in fact have the same probability of winning, if you are willing to "go out on a limb" and say that it's rather unlikely that any of the combinations match....
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    Quote Originally Posted by s7evin View Post
    hi everyone, please help me solve this mathematics probability question:

    Mr. A and Mr. B decided to buy lottery one day.

    They both spent the same amount of money but in a different way.

    Mr. A bought 1 set of 7 numbers randomly generated. (cost: $3.50)
    1. X X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)

    Mr. B bought 7 sets of 6 numbers randomly generated (cost: $3.50)
    1. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    2. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    3. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    4. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    5. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    6. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)
    7. X X X X X X (1-45 random numbers that do not repeat)

    The result of the lottery draw consists of 6 numbers (1-45).
    To win, the winner must have a set with the 6 winning numbers.

    Q. Since both Mr. A and Mr. B have spent equal amount of money. Do they have equal chances to win?
    If not, which of them have a better probability of winning?

    Please explain the full mathematical solution of each senarios with steps.

    Thank you!
    Every set of six numbers (without repetitions) is equally likely to
    be drawn.

    Mr A has 7 such sets of six (corresponding to the six remaining numbers
    when one of the seven is dropped from the set).

    If Mr B's numbers are drawn so that no set of six is repeated then he to
    has 7 sets of numbers and his chance of winning is identical to Mr A's.

    However if a set could be repeated (that is the method of generating
    them would allow this to happen), then he has on average slightly less
    than 7 sets of numbers, and his chance of winning will be less than Mr A.
    (This is the interpretation I would put on this problem, but YMMV).

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    thank u all for replying.

    CaptainBlack: so what u mean is:
    1. 1 set of 7 random numbers and 7 sets of 6 random numbers are equal.

    2. if not, 1 set of 7 random numbers has a better probability (since/if the 7 sets of 6 random numbers might actually be same).
    for example: (7 sets of 6 random numbers)

    03 04 07 18 32 40
    05 12 22 23 27 44 (possibility of the sets be exactly the same)
    04 06 07 10 21 45
    20 21 22 23 33 35
    17 28 30 31 32 35
    05 12 22 23 27 44 (thus, 1 set of 7 random numbers might actually have a slight advantage?)
    01 05 06 19 34 37


    any one else can confirm?
    thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s7evin View Post
    thank u all for replying.

    CaptainBlack: so what u mean is:
    1. 1 set of 7 random numbers and 7 sets of 6 random numbers are equal.

    2. if not, 1 set of 7 random numbers has a better probability (since/if the 7 sets of 6 random numbers might actually be same).
    for example: (7 sets of 6 random numbers)

    03 04 07 18 32 40
    05 12 22 23 27 44 (possibility of the sets be exactly the same)
    04 06 07 10 21 45
    20 21 22 23 33 35
    17 28 30 31 32 35
    05 12 22 23 27 44 (thus, 1 set of 7 random numbers might actually have a slight advantage?)
    01 05 06 19 34 37


    any one else can confirm?
    thanks again!
    That is substantialy my case, yes

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