Sunday, June 22, 2014

163: Playing the Lottery, part 1

In the UK, the lottery consists of picking 6 numbers between 1 and 49.  Any player to match all 6 numbers is the grand prize winner.  The chances of this are certainly astronomically low.
How low?
If we bought a lottery ticket for every different combination of 6 numbers to ensure we’d win, how high would that stack of tickets reach?
How long would it take for us to purchase them?

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