How low is the chance of winning the lottery jackpots?
New Zealand statisticians once calculated
This is even lower than being struck by lightning and having a blood relationship with the Queen of England
Or being trampled to death by an elephant while taking selfies
But today I’m going to talk about
who won the lottery jackpots for 14 times in his whole life
And two countries modified the lottery management regulations for him.
His name is Stefan Mandel
Stefan Mandel is an economist from Romania
In the 1960s, Romania was still a socialist country
At that time, the whole country was very poor, and the people lived a hungry life.
At that time, the young Mandel worked as an accountant in a mining group
To support his wife and two young children with a monthly salary of only US$88
As the child grew up, the financial situation of the Mandel family became more and more distressed
In order to make money quickly, he, just like many people, had the idea of falling pie in the sky!
But instead of waiting, he used his talents to calculate where the pie fell.
Mandel really likes numbers,
he even used all his free time to analyze the papers of Italian mathematician Fibonacci
After several years of research, he wrote a set of “number selection method”
According to his opinion
Using this algorithm, 5 out of 6 winning numbers can be accurately predicted
It reduce the number combinations in the lottery from millions to thousands
He summoned his friends to take a huge risk bought a lot of lottery tickets on the most likely combination he had calculated
Eventually ,everything went as he wished
Mandel won the first prize of his life.
It’s 78,783 Romani Lei, equivalent to 1,9300 US dollars
In 1960s, this amount of money was astronomical ,it’s bout the sum of his 18 years of salary
In an interview with a local magazine, he said
“I am a weekend mathematician, an accountant without much education, but the correct application of numbers can indeed bring wealth.”
In this way, Mandel relied on the first pot of gold earned from the lottery to pay off his debts
And bribe the remaining money to Romanian government officials
Finally successfully fled Romania with his wife and two children
Started a new life in Australia
Of course, considering that the lottery numbers should be completely random
Does his formula worked?
It is worthwhile to ruminate
Because afterwards he abandoned this algorithm
Maybe he also knows that this award is indeed favored by Goddess of Luck
In the end , Stefan Mandel still did not announce his mysterious formula
“Just like Coca-Cola won’t disclose its formula.”
In an interview, he said so
I think it’s reasonable to keep his little secret
But what he is really good at is the way to master the wealth code later
Winning once may be lucky, but winning 14 times?
He is definitely a ruthless character