How likely is that?

South Africa’s winning Lotto numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 have made news around the world.

“Surprising winning combination sparks accusations of fraud as 20 people win share of jackpot,” wrote The Guardian newspaper in London.

Tuesday night’s rare combination made 20 people R5,7 million richer. Another 79 players won R6,283.

“Congratulations to tonight’s 20 winners of PowerBall draw,” the lottery tweeted. “These numbers may be unexpected but we see many players opt to play these sequences.”

It turns out that playing a simple sequence of numbers like these has rewards – about one in several million times.

But you can’t blame all the millions of losers for asking a few questions.

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