How to Use Math to Get Rich in the Lottery* - Jordan Ellenberg (Wisconsin–Madison)
For seven years, a group of students from MIT exploited a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery's Cash WinFall game to win drawing after drawing, eventually pocketing more that $3 million. How did they do it? How did they get away with it? And what does this all have to do with mathematical entities like finite geometries, variance of probability distributions, and error-correcting codes?