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Math Professor Steven P. Diaz Weighs in on Lottery Odds

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Posted on: Aug. 8, 2023

Steven P. Diaz, professor of mathematics, was quoted in an Associated Press article titled, "How hard is it to win the lottery? Odds to keep in mind as Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots soar." About the odds of winning the Mega Millions and Powerball, Diaz says your chances of being struck by lightning once in your lifetime are greater than if you bought a lottery ticket for every drawing over 80 years.

Diaz's comments were also featured in Time, Newsday, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Canada, Cheddar News, the New York Daily News and many local news outlets around the United States and Canada.