So you know what they say when the odds of something happening are really low.
It's like winning the lottery.
Well what would you say if I told you that one man over the course of thirty years actually did win the lottery fourteen times in a row sounds improbable but this is the real life story of a mathematical genius Stephan Mandel.
It all began in the nineteen sixties when a poor Romanian accountant was trying to make ends meet and feed his family his salary was so low that he was getting desperate living basically on eighty eight dollars a month was torture Mandel couldn't find a job with a higher pay at the time and resorting to illegal activities was against his moral code.
So he came up with a solution that perhaps only he could think of lottery now for most people that would be lunacy I mean what chance do you have one in a million I don't think I'll surprise you if I say it might be even less than that depending on the number of tickets distributed winning combinations and some other factors he called himself a week in mathematician whose fascinated with numbers and it showed he spent every minute he had off work and family life analyzing papers on math and working on his own algorithm and finally after several years it was ready man dell called the result of his research combinatorial condensation he didn't want to disclose the method but he claimed that in a lottery with six total winning numbers he could accurately per deck five of them that brought the probability of winning the lottery from one in several million to one in several thousand a drastic drop don't you agree using is algorithm and having gained support of his friends and relatives men don't manage to buy huge quantities of tickets with numbers that were most likely to win and the risk paid off he won the first prize which was about nineteen thousand dollars paid off his debts to everyone who helped him and still benefit quite a lot his net profit was four grand enough to start a new life and that's exactly what he did.
Mandell packed his family stuff and went to western Europe where he moved from place to place for four years such a lifestyle is tiring when you're not alone though he finally settled in Australia quite a far cry from Europe.
There he decided to continue his research into the lottery business and succeeded.
You see when he earned his Australian citizenship he got access to every Commonwealth resource available for anyone with this status and that meant he could take part in the UK lottery system which happened to me much less complicated than the Romanian one he cracked before so we sat down took a good long look at the system and after some time got an idea that would make him a millionaire and a prisoner but that's getting a bit ahead of the story so let's first see what came to Mandell's mon is new and advanced method was pretty much a genius in it's simplicity Mandel realize that in order to win every time he only needed to buy all the number combinations there were sounds crazy I know but even so he made it work with a very deliberate solution his plan included six steps first he would calculate the total number of combinations possible in any given lottery for example when we had a pick six numbers from one to forty would have three million eight hundred thirty eight thousand three hundred eighty combinations yeah khanom yourself if you don't believe me.
Second he would find liner is where the jackpot was at least three times as big as the number of combinations this was a requirement because otherwise he would either win nothing at all or even lose money you'll see why in a few moments.
Third he'd raise money to buy every single combination this was the toughest part of all he would convince people his method work can persuade them to sponsor his venture by buying as many lottery tickets as they could afford and sending them to him.
Honesty share the winnings among the investors and himself so after a while his ideas got popular enough to attract hundreds of backers willing to win some part of the jackpot.
Fourth he would print out literally millions of tickets doing this he ensured that every possible winning combination would be somewhere among those millions and that in its turn made Mandel a multiple winner of every lottery there was not only did he win the jackpot but he also took the second third and other minor prices.
Fifth having printed on the tickets he would deliver them to the official dealers they had no choice but to accept the tons of paper Mandel hall to them because however crazy sounds the whole operation was legal the British Commonwealth and Australian authorities just couldn't believe anyone would be so bold as to do something like this Stephan Mandel was one of a kind any probably knew it himself.
And finally the six down was to take the products and this one is exactly why he needed the jackpot to be three times the number of possible combinations you see after winning Mandel had to pay his investors there do that meant the more backers he had and the more they pay the more money he had to cough up after winning the lottery but that wasn't all since Mandel also had other cost to pay including printing and logistics so eventually he would be left with not a very astonishing some on his hands if the jackpot had been smaller he would have probably found himself with less money than he had before the whole affair hence the prize amount the plan was incredibly simple come to think of it but at the same time it needed a lot of effort Steph amando work day and night to make it come true and over the years he succeeded in creating what he called a lot syndicate.
A network of hundreds of investors who believed in his method and we're more than willing to help with the nineteen eighties came the computer era in Mandell was more than happy to embrace new technology he bought several computers and a dozen printers that ran on an algorithm he created and filling out the combinations became easy peasy by the end of the decade he and his syndicate managed to win twelve lotteries across Australia and the UK what such a scheme couldn't have gone unnoticed although perfectly legal it bothered the authorities that one person could perform such a track so the lottery laws were changed twice in Australia first they prohibited printing tickets at home now you had to buy them first hand from a store and then banned purchasing them in ball.
That made Mandel look to the west despite his many successes they brought modest amounts of money what man dell wanted now was to make headlines all over the world so we set his sights on the Virginia lottery in the U. S. it was nineteen ninety two and the jackpot was more than three times larger than the number of combinations twenty seven million against approximately seven million tickets it was exactly what he needed.
Given credit for his previous achievements he quickly gained support of over twenty five hundred investors each of them paying about three thousand dollars double purchased all the combinations then he printed all those tickets and his base of operations back in Sydney and ship the ball to the U. S. that's where the big game started hired careers work tirelessly all around the state bang for tickets at stores in cashier's checks worth ten thousand dollars each they were short on time but that wasn't the big trouble the one that made Mandel bite on his nails was that just hours before the deadline for entry one of the stores they bought tickets and ball became overwhelmed and stop its operation as a result out of seven point one million tickets bought by Mandel syndicate only five point five million were process leaving too much to chance there was nothing he could do to ensure his victory and he only had the whole none of those missing one point six million combinations were winning.
On February fifteenth nineteen ninety two the moment of truth came the final draw on live television Mandel's team were frantically rifling through the combinations to see whether one of them was the winner and at last a triumphant cry they'd won the Lotto syndicate hit not only the jackpot but also the second and third prizes along with dozens of minor wants their overall winnings amounting to about thirty million dollars it was the greatest victory of Mandel's venture yeah and it did make international headlines just like he wanted but as we know all too well money spoils well Stephan Mandel himself became a millionaire his investors received only a meager compensation for what the unspent and they couldn't even sue him for not carrying out his obligations because technically he did.
On a larger scale Mandel's actions because the U. S. authorities to change the lottery rules so no one would ever repeat his stock that made him the first and last person to perform it in history.
He didn't really stop pursuing his ambitions even having earned millions and in two thousand four they brought him to a twenty month prison sentence in Israel where he tried to pull another lottery spot and failed perhaps that was what brought Mandela who is census since his release in two thousand six he's been living a quiet life on a tropical island off the coast of Australia but he'll forever be remembered as a man who changed the game of lottery in the whole world.
So if you ever play lottery yourself.
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