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Winning Ticket Tickle (Posted on 2014-10-06) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Gavin buys a lottery ticket, and in accordance with the rules he picks six different integers from through 1 to 46 inclusively. He chooses his numbers so that the sum of the base-ten logarithms of his six numbers is an integer.

By coincidence, the integers on the winning ticket have the same property - that is: the sum of the base-ten logarithms of the six numbers is an integer.

What is the probability that Gavin holds the winning ticket?

No Solution Yet Submitted by K Sengupta    
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Solution possible solution | Comment 1 of 6

Consider:

(1,10), (2,5), (4,25), (5,20)

Erasing one of the above pairs, you are left with 6 numbers, that when multiplied yield 10^n (integer n).

Since there are 4 possibilities of selecting 6 numbers that qualify and Gavin selected one of them.

The probability that Gavin holds the winning ticket is 1/4=.25.

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oops: 5 appears twice..I g n o r e  the above:

The corrected solution:



1 2 4  5 10  25

1 2  5  10  25    40

1 4  5 10  20 25  

1   5 10 20  25   40

The probability that Gavin holds the winning ticket

 is 1/4=  25%

Same result, but now due to correct reasoning.






Edited on October 6, 2014, 4:11 pm
  Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2014-10-06 13:04:49

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