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Sat May 25, 2019, 04:15 PM

The man who won the lottery 14 times

This is what persistence looks like...

Just after 11 PM on February 15, 1992, a janky ball machine at the Virginia State Lottery HQ spit out 6 winning numbers on live television: 8… 11… 13… 15… 19… 20.

In the coming days, officials would find out that one “person” had secured not only the $27,036,142 jackpot, but 6 second prizes, 132 third prizes, and 135 minor prizes collectively worth another $900k.

What unfolded next was the strangest, most improbable lottery tale in history — one involving thousands of international investors, dozens of complex computer systems, and a mathematical savant who’d masterminded the entire operation from the other side of the world.

This is the story of the man who “gamed” the lottery by buying every possible combination.


https://thehustle.co/the-man-who-won-the-lottery-14-times

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:33 PM

1. Surprised that some of the 'investors' who got bilked, haven't 'hit' the hustler

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Sat May 25, 2019, 05:18 PM

2. I think CBS 60 min had a program about a guy who figured out how to game the lottery

I forgot how he did it and something about finding a loophole in the lottery.. All legal..

https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/this-couple-found-a-math-error-in-lottery-made-27-million-playing-over-over-for-55-weeks.html

The lottery has since closed the loop hole.. HA!
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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:22 PM

3. A friend of mine in Iowa successfully prosecuted a nationwide lottery fraud

He has now moved on, and successfully ran for State Auditor of Iowa last year (a bigger deal in a farm state like Iowa than in some other states). He has even been mentioned as a possible challenger for Joni Ernst's U.S. Senate seat, up for re-election next year. Last year, that was looking like too big a step up, but since Ernst has been a robotic Trumpanzee Senator, that might look different six months from now.

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Response to Pluvious (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 12:13 AM

4. My sister had $50 from her co-workers for a lottery so I bought 52 tickets (2 for myself).

My sister had $50 from her co-workers for a lottery so I bought 52 tickets (2 for myself).

6 numbers x 52 = 312 numbers.

Out of 312, we hit 8 and nowhere near each other.

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