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    binomial experiments

    Hi everyone I'm having a hard time understanding how to find the value of n, p, and q in this question. Any tips would be great. The question is: A state lottery randomly chooses six balls numbered from 1 to 40. You choose six numbers and purchase a lottery ticket. The random variable represents the number of matches on your ticket to the numbers drawn in the lottery.
    I don't think this is a binomial experiment. Right?? I don't understand how to get the value of n, p, and q. Does any one know any tips to how to find this? Thank you,
    Last edited by mkcar; July 14th 2007 at 08:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkcar View Post
    Hi everyone I'm having a hard time understanding how to find the value of n, p, and q in this question. Any tips would be great. The question is: A state lottery randomly chooses six balls numbered from 1 to 40. You choose six numbers and purchase a lottery ticket. The random variable represents the number of matches on your ticket to the numbers drawn in the lottery.
    I don't think this is a binomial experiment. Right?? I don't understand how to get the value of n, p, and q. Does any one know any tips to how to find this? Thank you,
    My original post was incorrect, so I deleted it.

    You're right, this is not a binomial experiment because the balls are not being replaced. So n, p and q do not apply.
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