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Activity Number: 611
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2012 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #305757
Title: Powerball: A Wealth of Data for a Variety of Student Projects
Author(s): Edward Mansfield*+
Companies: The University of Alabama
Address: Infomation Systems, Statistics & Mgt Sci, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487,
Keywords: Teaching ; Data analysis ; Student projects

Be a winner with Powerball! Use the data from drawings to expand the experience and creativity of your students at all levels in analyzing data. Since the Powerball lottery game started in 1992, changes have been made that have altered the probability of winning the grand prize. The basic process of drawing five white balls from one bin and one red ball from a different bin has remained constant, but changes in the number of balls in each bin has occurred. Data for all drawings is readily available on the internet and also provided by the author in an easier to use form. Some activities: At lower levels ask students to determine which numbers are more likely or less likely to occur. Obviously all numbers are equally likely, but students will find some "good" and "bad" numbers due to their forgetting changes in the rules over time and by looking only at default histograms. Determine the b

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