I know I said I wouldn’t bore you with detailed accounts of the festivities, or not much, and I probably won’t any more, but this is pretty strange.
Every year Mine Host, as a final little present, buys each of the other six of us a five line lottery ticket for whatever the latest pre-Christmas draw is. (The rules being that anything significant gets shared out, whilst minor wins are kept by the winner. The details of this have never yet had to be negotiated; I won a tenner a few years ago and kept it.)
So at breakfast on Thursday, the tickets were issued and everyone got a pen and waited for the results. That’s 180 randomly selected numbers, waiting for six randomly selected numbers to be read out.
So, how many tickets, out of the six, contained any winning numbers? Two. How many winning numbers did each of those two tickets contain? One. And guess what those numbers were? In both cases, 39.
What are the odds against that?