> Say you can choose six numbers out of 59. What is the > probability that > three (and only three) will be consecutive? This is > complicated by the > fact that numbers appear in order from least to > greatest. What if the > six numbers contain 2 sets of 3 consecutive numbers? > > I'm not finding any easy formula for this. > > Thanks!
The odds for drawing 6 numbers from 59 is -- 45,057,474 to 1
No matter if it is (1,2,3,4,5,6) or any other combination you choose it is still though's odds!
Look at it this way. If you played a certain combination of numbers on one ticket two drawings a week for your entire life (50 years legal age) the odds on you winning are much less than 1% no matter what combinations you choose each drawing.
So lotteries are not a good bet no matter what scheme you dream up.