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Lottery Mayhem

Postby toucana on December 2nd, 2020, 2:38 pm 

South Africa’s national lottery draw on Tuesday night was under investigation today as 20 players split a jackpot when five consecutive single digit numbers 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 and 10 (the Powerball) were drawn.

The organisers said 20 people purchased a winning ticket and won 5.7m rand ($370,000; £278,000) each.

Another 79 ticketholders won 6,283 rand each for guessing the sequence from five up to nine but missing the PowerBall.

The chances of winning South Africa's PowerBall lottery are one in 42,375,200 - the number of different combinations when selecting five balls from a set of 50, plus an additional bonus ball from a pool of 20.

The odds of the draw resulting in the numbers seen in Tuesday's televised live event are the same as any other random combination. Competitions resulting in multiple winners are rare, but this may have something to do with this particular sequence. According to the organisers, many players do opt to play these low consecutive number sequences.

Others however suspect a scam - “absolutely no way in hell that’s a coincidence”

The competition's regulator, South Africa's National Lotteries Commission (NLC), said it would investigate the draw, which it called unprecedented.

A spokesman for NLC, Ndivhuho Mafela, said the body would review the incident and report its findings.
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