Salil Mehta Explains the Statistics Behind Winning the Lottery

Salil Mehta, a statistician who teaches in the Columbia School of Professional Studies' Applied Analytics program, has been crunching the numbers regarding the odds of winning the lottery on his popular blog, Statistical Analytics.

The results show that a stunning amount of money is in play — but is it for the lottery, or the possible winners? In recent interviews at The New York Times and The Washington Post, he explains why lottery jackpots are rising, while the odds of winning are shrinking.

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