Lottery CombinationsDate: 8/20/96 at 12:17:20 From: MR FELIX F MACK Subject: Lottery Combinations What formula can be used to compute all lottery number combinations on a 6 out of 49 system? Date: 8/22/96 at 16:0:58 From: Doctor Robert Subject: Re: Lottery Combinations If you are to choose a set of 6 numbers from a set of 49 numbers, the number of possible ways that you can do this is called the combination of 49 taken 6 at a time. Many calculators can give you the answer. The answer is 49!/((49-6)!6!)= 49!/(43!6!) where the "!" stands for "factorial". (5! = 5x4x3x2x1 = 120.) The answer to your question is that there are about 13.98 million possible ways to choose 6 numbers from 49. That's a lot of combinations! -Doctor Robert, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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