Letter: Wrong numbers

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The Independent Online
Sir: One thing that grates with me is your lottery numbers column each Wednesday. The success of the lottery is, to a large part, due to the low level of numeracy in this country combined with the failure of people to understand fully the concept of randomness.

A random number is one that is not predictable. Previous numbers have absolutely no effect on future numbers. Your column promotes the opposite view. A serious newspaper should be informing and educating its readers not perpetuating myths.

PAUL BZOWSKI

Email: paul@uunet.uu.net

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