Fool Them Four Times 

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Speaking of lottery shenanigans, the Daily Mail has an article on Joan R. Ginther, the “luckiest” woman in the world. It seems Ms. Ginther (a retired Stanford math professor who specialized in statistics) has won an incredible four multi-million dollar jackpots from scratch-off lottery tickets, totaling $20.4 million dollars. The odds on that are reported to be one in eighteen septillion. That’s 1 in 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Put in layman’s terms, there is absolutely zero doubt that Ginther cheated in some way.

A professor at the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, told Mr Rich: ‘When something this unlikely happens in a casino, you arrest ‘em first and ask questions later.’

Of course the University of Nevada has an “Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming”. Anyhow, will the Texas Lottery Commission be investigating? Apparently not:

The Texas Lottery Commission told Mr Rich that Ms Ginther must have been ‘born under a lucky star’, and that they don’t suspect foul play.

Fool them four times, shame on them.


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