In the Oct. 2 news article “Against the Odds: Repeated lottery winners defy odds, raise questions,” Virginia Tech statistician George Rooney claimed the odds of Ralph Havis’ winning as often as he has were 1 in a trillion, trillion, trillion. Egad!
During World War II, the odds of breaking Germany’s Enigma Code were computed at 1 in a million, million, million and considered unbeatable, and would have been too, without Alan Turing’s ingenious invention, the computer.
Havis’ luck is a statistical impossibility.
Congratulations to The Charlotte Observer for its investigative work into the darker side of this state’s lottery.
Deborah A. Baro