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Was the MegaMillions lotto rigged?! Local woman discovers evidence more improbable than winning.

Bleichroth collected $145 and went to a QT convenience store where she purchased 145 tickets using Quick Pick, a computer that's supposed to randomly select your numbers for you.
But after bringing the tickets back to her shop and making copies for everyone, one of her employees noticed something peculiar about those two seemingly normal tickets.
“One of the guys, actually I didn't even notice it, one of the guys in the back said, 'You know, you got two tickets here that are exactly the same,” Bleichroth said.
The 60 numbers on one ticket are the exact same as the tickets on the second ticket. Row after row, the numbers are identical on both tickets.
At first, Bleichroth thought the Quick Pick machine accidentally spit out a duplicate ticket. But a closer look at the validation numbers at the bottom of the tickets reveal they are not copies.
“It made us pause and say how can this be?” Bleichroth said.
Bleichroth said the odds of getting 10 identical sets of numbers are higher than winning the lottery itself. Either that or something is wrong, she said, so she contacted 3 On Your Side.
“Is this totally random?” she asked. “It has a lot of us talking about that. How random is lottery? How legitimate is lottery? How uncorrupted is lottery?”
Bleichroth said the strange ordeal has caused her to question the lottery's legitimacy.
“This is such a huge thing,” she said. “I can't imagine that there's a teeny little glitch that only two identical tickets were ever produced like this number.”

5 Comments in Response to

Comment by The God
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guys... The lottery was designed and is controlled by the government in order to collect taxes from illegal immigrants, and or people who are raping the system by not wanting to pay taxes.
Comment by Denise Bojorquez
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 Now let me see....a government run program involving millions and millions of dollars being subject to possible fraud or corruption?? Really now, how naive can you people be? Like we've never heard that type of a claim before...Wake up! Just about everything the government is involved in these days includes some kind of fraud, cover-up, mismanagement or outright corruption and dishonesty - do you really think that the Lottery should be any different??

Comment by Tyger Gilbert
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So, I wonder what the odds would be for/against those two tickets having the big winning numbers?  I'm sure it would put the odds of the lottery being rigged at 1:1, wouldn't it?

Comment by Ed Price
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Several computational methods for random number generation exist, but often fall short of the goal of true randomness — though they may meet, with varying success, some of the statistical tests for randomness intended to measure how unpredictable their results are (that is, to what degree their patterns are discernible).


A "random number generator" based solely on deterministic computation cannot be regarded as a "true" random number generator, since its output is inherently predictable. How to distinguish a "true" random number from the output of a pseudo-random number generator is a very difficult problem. However, carefully chosen pseudo-random number generators can be used instead of true random numbers in many applications. Rigorous statistical analysis of the output is often needed to have confidence in the algorithm.

Comment by Larken Rose
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I couldn't comment on the original web site, but I will comment here. When the Arizona lottery guy said this is "statistically possible," he totally lied. When the lady said the chances of this happening are smaller than the chances of winning the lottery, that was a HUGE understatement. It looks like the two-digit numbers go up to about 53. The chance of getting FIVE such numbers to match is worse than 1 in 400,000,000. The chance of getting FIFTY to match--which is what the tickets show--is worse than 1 in (I'm not kidding here)



No, this was not coincidence. What it was, I don't know, but it stinks. The one thing it does prove is that, at least sometimes, the numbers put on tickets are NOT randomly selected. And that by itself means FRAUD, even if it was by accident.

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