What are the Odds?
WPI math prof Marcel Blais discusses the Powerball phenomenon and the odds of winning – or not.
WPI math prof Marcel Blais discusses the Powerball phenomenon
By now, everyone's heard the odds for winning tonight's $550 million Powerball drawing are steep. How steep? Try 1 in 175 million.
But what does that mean exactly? Marcel Blais, assistant teaching professor of math at WPI, puts it all in perspective during an interview today with WCVB-TV (Channel 5 in Boston) reporter Pam Cross.
Consider the following analogies. Blais tells Channel 5 that winning the Powerball is akin to:
• Having 27 grandchildren that are all female
• Rolling two dice 104 times and never coming up with the number "7"
• Flipping a coin 27 times and landing on heads every time
Tune in to WCVB-TV/Channel 5 tonight at 5 and 6 and learn more.
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November 28, 2012