Monday, May 20 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:07:05 GMT
Detectives are looking for a killer after a deadly shooting late Sunday night. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said James Dillon, 20, of Independence, was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle. The shootingMore >>
Detectives are looking for a killer after a deadly shooting late Sunday night. The sheriff said it is believed this was a drive-by shooting.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:33:45 GMT
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.According to reports, Andres Gonzalez, 27, and Raphael Domino Jr., 39, were fighting at Club End Zone on Plank Rd. justMore >>
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.More >>
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.More >>
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
You've probably heard the saying: Liars figure, but figures don't lie. Well, it's probably true - the chances of winning a Powerball jackpot is more than 1 in 175-million! Still, there's always somebody that "thinks" they can beat the system.
Whether it's your wedding anniversary, your birthday, your child's birthday, or the date of another event that's important to you, people typically pick random numbers - as any state lottery official will tell you, every number drawn is completely random.
And while that maybe true, VCU Statistical Sciences professor - and self professed math geek - Darcy Mays believes, with a database of enough winning numbers, there is at least the "possibility" of seeing patterns develop. That by no means will guarantee a win, but might up the odds a little, especially in the smaller games - like Pick 3 or Pick 4.
"If you were dedicated, and there really was some pattern that you were finding, you could not get rich - but you could probably do a good supplemental earning."
"I just combine all these frequency - and I just make a list from the most frequent numbers to the least frequent numbers," said Dr. Min Su Kim.
Dr. Kim, professor of statistics at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, doesn't mess with the small games - he's compiled a computer data base of 10 years of winning Powerball numbers and the frequency at which they appear. If the game is completely random, he argues, all numbers should be drawn at approximately the same rate - but they don't.
The Powerball consists of five white balls and one red powerball. Dr. Kim says the most frequently drawn Powerball for the past 10 years is 20, followed by 37, 2, 31, and 35.
As for the white balls, the most frequently appearing number is 42, closely followed by 16, 35, 26, and 19.
Dr. Kim admits he is a believer in statistical probability.
"If you pick these numbers, there is more probability to win the grand prize." said Kim.
Not so fast, says John Hagerty, with the Virginia Lottery.
"Every number drawn is completely random," said Hagerty. "As for your odds of winning, they're posted on our website."