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Identical lottery numbers drawn twice in a row

17 September 2009 | 12:34:29 PM | Source: SBS staff and agencies

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No-one won the first draw, but a record 18 people picked the correct numbers second time around

An investigation is under way in Bulgaria, after the same national lottery numbers were drawn twice in the space of four days.

Bulgaria's lottery - known as 'The Tantalizer' is drawn live on television, in front of a studio audience, and independent inspectors.

Punters were stunned when the same balls - 4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42 - came up in consecutive games on 6 and 10 September.

Experts say the odds of the same lottery numbers being drawn two weeks in a row are one in four million.

'Freak coincidence' claim

But the company that runs the game insists the results were a freak coincidence, pointing out that the numbers were drawn in a different order the second time around.

The government has launched an inquiry into possible game fixing.

"Yesterday a commission was established to inspect those numbers, [we] will have the answers towards the end of this week," said Svilen Neykov, Bulgaria's Minister of Physical Education and Sport.

Nobody won the first lottery draw on 6 September, but on 10 September a record 18 people picked all six numbers

My Question is why are the odds 1 in 4 million? why should the odds be any different to any other draw? i.e. if 1,2,3,4,5,6 came up then the chance of the same numbers coming up next week is the same is it not?

since the draws are mutually exclusive the odds should not increase?

Any staticians about?