The odds were in his favor; Fairfield statistics professor hits Powerball win

A statistics professor at Fairfield University had probability hit his favor when his Powerball numbers won after he gave his students a lecture on probability and odds using Powerball as a real-life example.

Nicholas Kapoor of Monroe used the Powerball to help his class understand the concept of chance and to explain the odds of winning.

“Somebody is going to win,” Kapoor told his class.

Two days later, according to a release from the Connecticut Lottery, 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,'” Kapoor told lottery officials.

The winning Powerball numbers on Oct. 5,  were 8, 18, 27, 29 and 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 Kapoor’s Powerball ticket was power played for an extra $1 at the time of purchase, his $50,000 prize was automatically doubled to $100,000.

According to the release, when Kapoor to checked his numbers online, he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I had to scan [the ticket] to confirm.”