SOUTH DAKOTA, Ill.
— A team of researchers from the University of Illinois and the University at Buffalo is warning that the South Dakota Lotteries may not be accurate in their lottery numbers and could have been influenced by the South African lottery.
The team’s findings were published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
Researchers say that the odds of winning a South Dakota lottery ticket are between 1 in 4 and 1 in 9,000.
“The odds of an individual winning the South Dakotas lottery are much less than 1 in 5,000,” said David Hsu, a research scientist in the U.S. Department of Education’s Division of Mathematical Sciences, in a press release.
South Dakotans who won the Lottery of the Century in 2014 are expected to spend $1.2 million in prize money in a single year.
In a separate study, the team calculated that a person who is 5’4″ tall and weighs 120 pounds would win $2,400 in prize pay in 2018.
But the researchers say they have found other lottery numbers that are far more accurate, and that they found the odds for winning were more like 1 in 10,000, and they have no idea why.
As the team explains, the odds are about 1 in 3 million, which means the odds would be about 1 out of 20 million.
There are about 6 million South Dakots, according to the University Lottery, and there are more than 4,000 lottery machines in operation.
It’s estimated that about 5 million people play South Dakota lottery, which has a daily circulation of more than 2 million, according the South Carolina Lottery.