The Lottery Is a Mathematics Powerball

  • The Lottery Is a Mathematics Powerball

    Vivian Lim, Laurie Rubel, Lauren Shookhoff, Mathew Sullivan, and Sarah Williams
    Take a chance on introducing the mathematics of the lottery. It will further an understanding of not only probability, combinatorics, large and small numbers, and data analyses but also social justice.
    Lottery games present an ideal context for classroom mathematical exploration. Many ideas about how to use the lottery in mathematics classes have been well explored (e.g., Crites 1994; Vest 1993), especially in NCTM school journals (see the list of resources). Here, we expand on ideas presented by Rubel (2005/2013) and present new and innovative classroom approaches that we have used in our project, Local Lotto, to explore mathematics through lottery games.