HOW COME THE ONLY JACKPOT WINNERS ARE FROM THE [EAST - WEST - NORTH - SOUTH - CITIES - RURAL AREAS]?
HOW COME ONLY [WHITE, BLACK, TALL, SKINNY, YOUNG, OLD] PEOPLE WIN?
Powerball is a random game that knows nothing about who buys a ticket or where the ticket was purchased. [...]
They then go on to explain that there's such a thing as the Law of Large Numbers, and that the machine doesn't know anything about who bought the tickets. But this is buried pretty deep in the FAQ, so I wonder if people see it.
I can understand how someone might be suspicious that certain numbers come up more often than others -- maybe for whatever reason some balls come out of the machine more often than others. But how could the machine know what sort of people bought the tickets? (And even if it could, it would be incredibly difficult to load the balls appropriately, given the constraint that you can't get an arbitrary distribution on the many millions of combinations by just weighting down some of the 49 balls. There are nowhere near enough degrees of freedom -- if I want to weight the balls in such a way as to make 1-2-3-4-5 more/less likely, then other combinations involving some of those numbers will be made more/less likely as well.)
But people do ask this question, and some of them seem to believe that Philadelphia is cursed with regard to Powerball winnings.