Maths wins boffins a Lotto jackpot

University boffins are celebrating after their mathematical probability system won them a £5.3m Lotto jackpot.

The syndicate of tutors, maths wizards and other staff from Bradford University and College came up with their plan four years ago, reports The Sun.

Barry Waterhouse, 41, said: “We hit on the idea which would mean all 49 numbers would be used.

“We just had to stick with the numbers and we had to win.”

They put all 49 in a hat and drew eight lines – leaving the 49th number in for the next draw, until they had 17 lines.

A computer program was then used to check if any of their lines had won.

It paid off when the 17 staff from the West Yorkshire Uni, each won £311,755.82p.

They won the draw with the numbers 15, 18, 23, 31, 37 and 49 in Saturday night’s main Lotto.

Source : Ananova

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