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The odds of winning the lottery are already hundreds of millions to one. The odds of the exact same 6 numbers falling in one month – are even more astronomical – in fact, four trillion to one. Well amazingly enough, it happened awhile back in the bi-weekly drawing in the country of Israel. The same numbers – 36, 33, 32, 26, 14, 13 – landed twice in one month, the only difference was the “strong number”. Here’s the story as reported by The Lottery Post:

Israel Lottery draws same numbers twice in month

The odds may have been in the trillions-to-one range, but lightning has indeed struck twice for some lucky lottery players in Israel.

The national bi-weekly lottery draw Saturday led to the astronomically improbable result of the same six double-digit balls being pulled in less than a month.

The Miphal HaPayis state game picked 36, 33, 32, 26, 14, 13 and the “strong number” 2 as the winning combination.

But a quick look at the results caused panic and amazement: the same first six numbers had been picked in exact reverse order and won the lottery on September 21. The only difference was the “strong number,” which determines the first prize jackpot.

Anyone who played those six numbers on both dates won big — twice.

Lottery officials at first pulled Saturday’s result, fearing there was a mechanical error or some sort of tampering with the results.

That’s understandable as the statistical probability of that six-number combination is normally one-in-2.65 million. But a gaming and mathematics expert interviewed by Israeli website Ynetnews set the chances that the same numbers would hit twice somewhere around four trillion to one.

“Usually, this is the type of numbers they use to describe the probability of life on Mars,” Zvi Gilula, a professor of statistics at the Hebrew University said. Read the whole story…


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