Lottery picks same numbers twice
An inquiry has been launched into the national lottery in Bulgaria after the same numbers came out in consecutive draws.
Sports minister Svilen Neykov ordered a special review after 4, 15, 23, 24, 35, and 42 were drawn on 6 and 10 September, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The probability of this happening is 4.2 million to one, according to the Bulgarian mathematician Mihail Konstantinov, although he added that such coincidences can happen.
An unprecedented 18 people guessed all six numbers when they were drawn the second time. The winners will each get the equivalent of Â£4,600.
Three of the numbers also appeared in the following draw on 13 September.
Lottery deputy chairman, Maria Yaneva, excluded any possibility of manipulation, telling the 24 Hours newspaper that the numbers were drawn in a different order each time.
The draws take place in the presence of a special lottery committee that guarantees no manipulation, and it is broadcast live on television, she added.
Story filed: 09:33 Friday 18th September 2009 –>
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