Math Teacher Wins Big Powerball Prize After Lecture on Odds

Wednesday November 9th 2016

A professor of math at Fairfield University has revealed how he bought a Powerball ticket to teach his students abouts probability, only to beat the odds and win $100,000. Nicholas Kapoor, from Monroe in Connecticut, decided it would be a good idea to use a real-life example to explain some detailed statistics, and admits it was a real shock to strike it lucky.

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Kapoor matched four of the main numbers drawn, plus the Powerball, and doubled his winnings after opting for the Power Play. “It’s funny how it all worked out,” he said in the Connecticut Post. “We were doing computations on what the chances of getting a winning ticket were and it turned out I had a winning ticket.”

Kapoor also admitted to lottery officials that he may have to think about changing his lecture in future following the incredible outcome, saying: “Irony certainly is a funny thing.” Kapoor now plans to invest his winnings, although he will wait to see how what happens to the stock market following the presidential election.

The next Powerball drawing on Wednesday will be the first to take place since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House, and players across the country may feel like rushing out to buy tickets to either celebrate or recover from the result. A $236 million jackpot will be up for grabs, which may be enough to start funding your own presidential campaign for 2020!

If you want to try and land the massive jackpot, or reckon you could emulate Kapoor’s success, tickets can be bought now from authorized retailers in participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!

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