Thursday, January 29, 2009

The lottery ticket: so random

In a bid to prove to my family that inflicting meaning into random numbers in order to rationalize buying a lottery ticket is utterly ridiculous and senseless, my brother and I did this thing where we pulled out random cards out of a deck of cards.

The first number is a product of our truly random selection (we just moved the cards around and pulled out two cards each - me first followed by him). The second number is a combination of the days we were born.

In the paper the next day, 3648 came out as a consolation prize number.

There is a lesson to be learned here, me thinks while gloating in a corner.

One, lottery numbers really are random. And two, next time I'm pulling out three cards instead of just two. So there!