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Mathematician, who won the $ 100 thousand lottery, shared the secret of winning

Nicholas Kapoor Photos: Connecticut Lottery

Nicholas Kapoor.
Photo: Connecticut Lottery

26, a year-old mathematics teacher who specializes in statistics, Nicholas Kapoor from Monroe, Connecticut, won the $ 100 thousand lottery by buying a Powerball ticket for $ 15 at a gas station.

He teaches at the Fairfield University, and shortly before winning, he began to read a course on the theory of probability, reports ABC News.

Now he uses his case as an example in class.

He buys lottery tickets almost weekly, despite the fact that his math professor always told students not to participate in lotteries, because the chances of winning are too small.

“I always objected to him:“ the chances are small, but someone has to win, ”- said Kapoor.

After the victory, he wrote to his teacher on Facebook and told him that he had won.

From a statistical point of view, winning the lottery is a pure case, for example, Kapoor calculated that his chance of winning was 1 in 913 129. And the most frequently drawn numbers do not matter. Each draw is a completely different story.

After paying taxes, Kapoor received $ 68 thousand, and the only advice he can give about winning the lottery is the same as he told his teacher.

“My advice: you have to play to win. Someone has to win, so why not you? Play the lotteries - they support your state budget, ”said Kapoor.

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