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Number is up

• One has to admire the confidence of the 'delighted husband' of the recent lottery winner who said that he knew his numbers would come up "at some stage". The odds are one in 8,145,060 for any particular set of six numbers from a choice of 45.

These odds can also be described another way: if you use the same six numbers in the lottery the next 8,145,060 times you play, or twice a week for the next 78,318 years, then, statistically, you should win the jackpot once.

Alison Hackett
Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Irish Independent