Originally Posted: January 14, 2016
$1.6B Powerball jackpot to be split three ways
Winners bought their tickets in Florida, Tennessee and a Los Angeles suburb
New York Post
Originally Posted: January 11, 2016
For all you wise guys thinking of buying every Powerball combo and scooping up a guaranteed $1.3 billion: Think again.
Professional numbers crunchers have done the math and found there’s no way for a New York Powerball player to land in the black by snatching up every possible lottery number, even with this record prize coming up on Wednesday.
There are 292.2 million combinations of the five numbers plus one Powerball number in the game — which means a gambler could spend $584.4 million to guarantee a win by buying every set of numbers.
It may seem like a no-brainer investment, considering the payoff will be at least $1.3 billion. But buying every number would actually be a sucker bet.
Even if playing every number were possible — and experts say it’s not — the winnings could be cut down to just $806 million with a lump-sum payout.
That would be further reduced through taxes. A winner in New York City would take home $502.1 million after taxes, while a state resident outside Gotham would pocket $533.4 million, according to officials.
As bad of a loss as that would be, the real hurt would come if even one other person shared the jackpot by also picking the winning numbers. That would cut the winning prize in half.
Of course, a winner could take the payout over time, which would give them $1.3 billion total. But that would take 29 years of annual payments to collect. It would be much better to just invest the $584 million.
“They’re not stupid,” Scott Norris, a professor of applied mathematics at Southern Methodist University in Texas, said of lottery organizers. “You’re much better off going to a casino.”
The hardest part, though, would be the physical act of buying 292.2 million lottery tickets. READ MORE
Originally Posted: January 8, 2016
It’s easy to sum up your chances of winning tomorrow’s huge Powerball jackpot: slim to none.
The math whizzes put the odds of winning at more than one in 292 million.
One statistical expert at the University at Buffalo – Jeffrey Miecznikowski – says that’s like flipping a quarter and getting heads 28 times in a row. In other words, forget it.
Scott A. Norris, an assistant professor of mathematics at Southern Methodist University, has one tip: He says let the computer pick rather than choosing the numbers yourself.
That’s because when people use birthdates or other favorite figures, they generally choose numbers 31 or below. That ignores the fact that there are 69 numbered balls. READ MORE
Books published in 2015 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum, can complete your holiday gift list.
Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to film to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, as well as personal, political and travel memoir. There’s a cookbook for foodies. A photography collection showcases the American West. Arty crime capers are filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. There’s even a literary riff in the form of a card game based on a classic novel.
This collection has something for all reading preferences, from light to serious. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. READ MORE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015
DALLAS HALL 1ST FLOOR ATRIUM
Dedman College, the heart of SMU houses the vital disciplines the underlie great accomplishment. Denman College offers 85 exciting majors and minors in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Their award winning faculty will be available to discuss their teaching and research interests. READ MORE
Congratulations to the following professors who received emeritus status in 2014-2015. The professors, and their dates of service:
Christine Buchanan, Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1977-2015
Bradley Kent Carter, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1970-2015
Anthony Cortese, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1989-2015
Richard Haberman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1978-2015
James K. Hopkins, Professor Emeritus of History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1974-2015
John Ubelaker, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1968-2015
Ben Wallace, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, 1969-2015
Congratulations to all the Dedman College students who received 2015 Research Day awards.
The goal of Research Day is to foster communication between students in different disciplines, give students the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and share the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with their peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community.
See the full list of Research Day Winners, 2015