Published on September 25th, 2013 | by Orawan Gardner0
We Sold a $5,000 Winner!
Not so. This store could be plastered top to bottom with billion-dollar winner signs, could be the source for every winning lottery ticket in the world to date, and still, buying a ticket here would not increase your chances of winning because MATH, that’s why. The lottery is random every time, and no string of illusory luck will change that. Someone winning in the past is an event statistically independent from you winning in the future, meaning one thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. Signs that might have similar relation to winning include: “We did not sell a $5,000 winner!” or “We sold antacids!” or “That’s not your real father!” All possibly true, but very much non-causal.
Winning the lottery is really, really unlikely. Signs like this one are misleading because they pretend to be more relevant than they are.