Math Professor Wins Powerball® after Lecturing on Lottery Probability
Math Professor, Nicholas Kapoor of Monroe, was giving a lecture to students on probability and odds. To help his class understand the concept of chance, Kapoor used Powerball
® as a real life example explaining the odds of winning.
“Somebody is going to win,” the professor told his class. Two days later, that “Somebody,” turned out to be Kapoor with a winning $100,000 Powerball ticket!
“The professor side of me sticks to the numbers—but the winner in me says, ‘It’s Luck,’” a joyful Kapoor told Lottery officials.
The winning Powerball numbers on October 5, 2016 were -- 8 – 18 – 27 – 29 – 60. The Powerball number was 15 and the Power Play® multiplier was 2. Kapoor’s Powerball “Quick Pick” ticket matched four of the five numbers drawn, plus the Powerball number. Because his Powerball ticket was Power Played for an extra $1 at the time of purchase, Kapoor’s $50,000 prize was automatically doubled to $100,000.
Kapoor went to www.ctlottery.org to check his numbers and couldn’t believe his eyes. “I had to scan [the ticket] to confirm.” The lucky winner has no plans for his $100,000 prize yet but was smiling ear to ear when he received his check.
When asked if his lecture will change now that he won Powerball, Kapoor simply chuckled and gazed at his prize before posing for his winner picture. Irony certainly is a funny thing.
The winning ticket was sold at Huntington Center Gulf located on 20 Huntington Street in Shelton.