mathematically how do people end up winning the lottery? Do they have more luck choosing numbers that statistically get drawn more?
Numbers with a larger surface area will use more ink and thus have a higher mass than those with numbers that have a smaller surface area, therefore they have an infinitesimally larger chance of being drawn.
E.g. the 45 ball has a larger chance of being drawn than the 3 ball
OP you're confusing "_one_ person winning the lottery" with "_any_ person winning the lottery".
The chances of winning a "6 out of 49" game is 1/13983816, i.e pretty fucking small. But now imagine 13983816 people all buying a ticket, and phoning each other to all pick different combinations, then one person is bound to have the winning one, i.e the probability of ANY person winning is 1 in that scenario, even though for any individual person it's still 1/13983816.
So the important thing here is to consider what exact question is being asked.
you drive yourself insane trying to analyze random data
we know the results are probably not truly 100% random because really very few things are, but in principle they are random so we can treat them as so
that depends on how long it takes for you to strike it lucky.
Some people have won a jackpot on their first go. Some don't ever.
All luck of the draw I guess.
It's hardly idiotic to realise that just getting a job doesn't make you much money unless you're a banker or a footballer.
>It's hardly idiotic to realise that just getting a job doesn't make you much money
But it does make you money, as opposed to the lottery, where most people by definition lose money.