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This is what happens when one confuses "random" with "profound."
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There are lotteries all over the world with huge prizes being won
every day. In the UK where I play the odd time, I have only ever
tenner, but often wonder if my combination of numbers would
have won many millions, if only I had played them in Panama on
13th September 2003.
Could Have Been A Millionaire" solves this question by allowing
to enter any set of lottery numbers into an online data base which
through the global results of every lottery result with an excess of
a million that took place over the last 30 years.
If you turn out to have been a winner (if only you had played these
exact numbers in Melbourne three years ago), you are presented
with the opportunity to purchase a nice certificate verfiying your
non-winning bad luck.
||Could it, for a modest additional charge, calculate with the aid of
actuarial tables the exact opportunity costs of all the activities
which led to your being in neither Melbourne nor Panama when
you *should* have been, by rights? [+]
||Better yet, charge users 10p to check their numbers. The income is put into a pot from which consolation prizes are given to those people who were winners in the wrong country.
||For the biggest prize for the person slapping one's forehead
and yelping, "Oh shit" the loudest.