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As of this writing, the mega millions lottery is run in 12 states. Winning the jackpot requires that you select the correct 5 numbers between 1 and 56 and, in a separate drawing, you must also select the correct single number between 1 and 46. What is the probability of winning the jackpot?

 Mar 11, 2020
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I don't know if the fact that the lottery is in 12 states affects the problem, so I'm just going to assume that it does not. 

 

I'll also assume that the 5 numbers could be equal. If that is so, then the probability for 5 numbers between 1 and 56 is \(56^5\), times the probability for the single number between 1 and 46 which is 46. Multiplying gives \(56^5 \cdot 46.\)

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 Mar 11, 2020
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Good answer...

.but you probably do not know that you cannot have the same numbers repeated in your choice of numbers....cheeky

56  *   55  *  54 * 53  *  52      *    46   = ...............

ElectricPavlov  Mar 11, 2020
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oops... I tried to search it up but came up with nothing. laugh

madyl  Mar 12, 2020
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I do not know either Madyl.

The wording of probability questions is all important. (and it is often ambiguous)

It is really annoying when we are expected to have knowledge of specific lotteries etc. 

Melody  Mar 12, 2020

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