Israel Lottery draw sees same numbers drawn as three weeks before

JERUSALEM – Israel’s national lottery, which holds draws weekly, had to deal with thousands of complaints that the draws were rigged after the numbers drawn on Saturday were exactly the same as the draw three weeks earlier. According to statisticians the same six numbers being drawn twice within a month is a four trillion to one shot.

The numbers drawn were 13, 14, 26, 32, 33 and 36 with the extra “strong” number 2. It didn’t take lottery players long to realise that Saturday’s draw was exactly the same as a recent one and Israeli radio phone-in shows were inundated with calls from people who suspected that the draw may have been rigged.

Lottery officials flatly denied the accusations with Dr. Chaim Melamed, a statistics expert at Mifal HaPayis (the name of the Israeli Lottery) saying that, “We are in the business of luck, and when it comes to chances and probabilities anything is possible, even the rare and infrequent, like in this case.”

Mifal HaPayis examined all machines involved in the draw and found no irregularities or problems with the drawing process. The lottery also said that the coloured balls used in the draw are changed regularly and were last changed between the draw made on September 21st and this weekends draw.

Published: October 19, 2010

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